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The Yomiuri Shimbun

Apr 11, 2019-

Paul McCartney was arrested in 1980 when he attempted to bring cannabis into Japan. It has been said that McCartney sang songs, with others detained in the same cell as the chorus, in order to pass the time, though it’s undeniable this might be somewhat of an exaggeration.

Whenever I remember this story, I can only think that there were lucky prisoners who somewhere along the way left behind their crimes. The shocking news of McCartney’s arrest spread fast, but Beatles albums, including the one with “Yesterday,” did not disappear from record shops.

What is the relationship between crimes and artists’ works? There has been controversy over whether to cancel or delay the release of works associated with Pierre Taki, who was arrested on suspicion of cocaine use.

Yesterday, a film company gave its answer on this issue. Toei Co. announced it will release the film “Mahjong Horoki 2020” as scheduled. “The work is blameless,” was the decision. I think this is the way it should be. However, if so, the debate will not end over whether the same theory will hold true for broadcasts. Situations are different between broadcasts and movies, which audience go to see on their own volition.

It is also feared that the broadcast of various TV series in which Taki had appeared in the past will be shelved. But it may depend on the power of the products themselves, as McCartney’s “Yesterday” did not become a relic of yesterday.

Published: 11-04-2019 11:10

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