October 26, 1972|
Hanamigawa-ku, Chiba, Japan
Matsuko Deluxe (マツコ・デラックス Matsuko Derakkusu, born October 26, 1972 in Chiba Prefecture) is a Japanese columnist, essayist, and TV personality known for his cross-dressing stage persona, as well as his pro-gay remarks and sexuality. In his 2005 book Weekly Transvestite Returns, he remarked that in 2000 he had measured his bust/waist/hip measurements were all 180 centimetres (71 in) and at the time he weighed 140 kilograms (310 lb). He began work on the Japanese gay magazine Badi before being discovered by essayist Usagi Nakamura and then becoming a media commentator.
Matsuko Deluxe is a cross-dressing gay man who prefers male pronouns.
In 2010, he became known for his "feud" with many of Japan's female television announcers over their perceived image. Matsuko was also critical of then Tokyo Prefectural Governor Shintaro Ishihara's legislation to limit the sales of manga and anime to those under 18 as well as the governor's noted disdain of homosexuality and transvestitism. In 2012, Matsuko participated in a debate on national pride of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese and when a Korean-Japanese guest claimed "Japanese entertainment is like field baseball, but Korean entertainment is like professional baseball", he replied that K-pop was "nothing but an imitation of American pop music". When a Korean-Japanese participant pointed out that Lady Gaga's popularity in Japan was a sign of the weakness of J-pop, Matsuko responded that Japan had welcomed music of many cultures, including Korean, and said that if K-pop artists did not like Japan the way it is then they did not have to stay. Matsuko's statements caused controversy in the Korean internet.
Matsuko is a regular panelist and sometimes host on the Japanese talk shows Goji ni Muchū!, Honma Dekka!? TV, Shirushiru Mishiru, Matsuko & Ariyoshi's Angry New Party, Jinsei ga Kawaru Ippunkan no Fuka Ii Hanashi, Matsuko no Shiranai Sekai, Arita & Matsuko & Man & Woman, and Monday Late Show, and also an often featured guest on the popular comedy Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!. In 2013, Matsuko became part of an advertising campaign for Mister Donut's 10th anniversary of introducing the "Pon de Ring" donut, and has continued being the company's spokesperson through its recipe renewal and Calpis collaboration promotions.
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