A Japanese comedy duo has apologized for their comment on Australian Open Champion Naomi Osaka during the event when they said she “needed some bleach.”
On Sunday, the 21-year old Japanese Osaka recently won her first Pan Pacific Open title in her hometown of Osaka. This is also her first trophy since her January win in Melbourne. She won the Pan Pacific Open by beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-3.
The duo known as ‘A Masso’ said Osaka was “too sunburned.” These comments were however severely warned by their management company, Watanabe Entertainment.
As a result, the women have apologized for the “inappropriate and hurtful remarks”. In their apology they did not mention Osaka, who is a two-time Grand Slam winner and Haitian Japanese.
“We sincerely apologise for making the specific person feel uncomfortable, as well as for everyone else connected to the event,” said comedian Ai Murakami.
“We also sincerely apologise for causing trouble. Though we should have thought about it, we made remarks that hurt many people, something we will never do again.”
Osaka was born in Japan before she moved to the United States at a young age.