OK why in the FUCK should Gackt be ashamed of his Okinawan accent, someone with more knowledge of Japanese society explain this to me, because it sure sounds like prejudice.
Well, Okinawa used to be a separate country with a different language, culture, and religion from the Japanese. Then the Japanese colonized Okinawa and started imposing Japanese religion, language, and culture onto the Okinawan people. They set up public schools in Okinawa who’s sole purpose was to brain wash Okinawan children into worshiping the emperor and punished any Okinawan who spoke their native language. This reached its worst during World War II when Japanese soldiers would kill Okinawan citizens for speaking their native language. Nowadays their are very many Okinawans who don’t know how to speak their native language. To make things worst many Okinawans migrate to the Japanese mainland because Okinawa prefecture has way higher unemployment rates than the rest of Japan. But many Japanese are racist towards Okinawans and consider them to be second class Japanese so Okinawans are often paid less for the same work and are mocked and humiliated for practicing their native religion and speaking their language. This has resulted in many Okinawans trying to hide their heritage, or not practicing their religion, or not speaking their language in order to fit in.
While it’s true that there’s a history of cultural imperialism and language erasure there (though I’m not sure to what extent people are still prejudiced towards Okinawans, the average Japanese person I’ve spoken to doesn’t seem to have much more opinion on Okinawa than it’s a great place to go for a holiday, and they probably simply don’t know/care about the rest of the history), I think there’s a more simple reason who Gackt finds it embarrassing to talk in an Okinawan accent.
See, Tokyo-ben is basically the Japanese equivalent of The Queen’s English, and even Kansai-ben (the Kyoto and Osaka dialects) are considered kind of inherently funny and it’s mostly comedians who use them. Other dialects don’t stand a chance, anyone who wants a semblance of sophistication speaks Tokyo or maybe Kansai-ben. Particularly Gackt is known for his princely image. Despite growing up near Kyoto, he doesn’t even use the Kyoto accent except when really angry. He’s said before that his parents were strict about speaking “properly”, and that he and his sister are equally strict with her kids.
So Gackt busting out the Okinawan accent is somewhat like your sophisticated straight-laced Oxford educated British boyfriend suddenly blurting out HOWDY ALL Y’ALL or G’DAY MATE.