The first part of the Harada’s Bar episode featuring Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai has been uploaded. A lot of focus was on Sakurai as a person, rather than his work.
In one section of his chat with Katsuhiro Harada (also known as the director of Tekken), Sakurai addressed the memes on the internet featuring him, and how he’s not always a fan of them. He’s also over people using his “icon” on social media to make jokes. Here’s exactly what he had to say:
“I feel like… I want them to stop using my face or icon to say what they want to say. Even if it’s a joke. You shouldn’t use other people’s power for your own principles.”
One example Harada showed (as can be seen below) was a meme featuring Sakurai’s face with the text “never ask me for anything ever again” – with Sakurai clarifying he’s never actually said this before.
Harada also described how Sakurai’s fans often have the habit of latching onto every single piece of information about Sakurai and not letting it go. Sakurai had one simple response to this:
“Give me a break.” [laughs]
Although Sakurai isn’t a fan of this kind of behaviour, he also understands it can’t really be helped when he appears in the public space:
“It’s about the role of each person. Some people have to appear in the media because it’s their role. And if you do, it’s important to do your best. I’m like that too.”
You can see the see the first episode of Harada’s chat with Sakurai over on his YouTube channel.