Eyeball-Licking Fetish Isn’t Just Disgusting, It Spreads Pink Eye Too

Don't even think about trying it.

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This Internet craze may have started with a music video by the Japanese band Born, which features eyeball licking.

We hope this news isn’t an eye-opener for anyone, but licking people’s eyeballs may transmit pink eye.

The revelation went viral this week after the Chinese news site Shanghaiist reported that Japanese schoolchildren are getting aroused by licking each other’s eyeballs – an act formally known as oculolinctus – and now schools across the country are noticing an uptick in cases of stys (an eyelid infection) and pink eye (conjunctivitis). Teachers noticed something was amiss when students started showing up wearing eye patches, one middle school teacher wrote on the blog Naver Matome (translated by Japan Crush). Shanghaiist believes the trend may derive from a music video by the Japanese band Born – which features a woman licking a man’s eyeball, beginning at the 3:30 mark.

The fad has spread across the globe, from Japan to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and you can find photos, cartoons and videos of the fetish all over Tumblr and YouTube. Even The Huffington Post tried it and then interviewed ophthalmologists, who warned of potential health risks like blindness, corneal abrasions and eye chlamydia.

“The bacteria in the mouth is nothing like the bacteria in the eyeball, which is why we no longer recommend people lick contact lenses to moisten them,” Dr. Phillip Rizzuto, an American Academy of Ophthalmology spokesman, told the news website.

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7 comments
nallen55
nallen55

I bet no one even knows this group in Japan.  Foreign news is so quick to jump on every weird thing in Japan, like the Rape Man video game and the Bagelheads.  I've been to Japan three times, and I can tell you that no one that I know in Japan knows anything about these so-called "trends."

watkins.krenee
watkins.krenee

This is not BORN's fault. Stop blaming them. This whole thing is ridiculous.

CamiloErazo
CamiloErazo

BORN BLIND? japanes people do the crepiest things in the world. from nintendo wii to eyelicking. ahhh and don´t forget japanese throwing-up food sex or whatever it´s called. check it out on tosh0. groosssss

s4p
s4p

@HeatherAnnSolaequi and @SaraAoi-RukiField-Yuu  Great comments.  This sort of lazy reporting plagues Japan & Korea especially not to mention most of the Far East given the euro/US-centric view of most of the world.  Such authors never place the mirror on themselves to realize how potentially misleading generalizations can be.  So let's take a picture of skid row in LA... Then we'll use that as a proxy for America... "Oh but that's not accurate... We're not all like that..."  To make matters worse the author then quotes a Chinese newspaper (which often have an axe to grind with anything Japanese) to apparently give the report an air of legitimacy.... LOL.  The lack of effort to substantiate the source of the news where it purportedly happens is pretty sad... Indeed, it's pretty darn lazy.

HeatherAnnSolaequi
HeatherAnnSolaequi

And perhaps, before jumping on the bandwagon and beginning to write articles, check time stamps, information regarding said sources, and the validity of said sources. You would have learned the gender of the singer, the fact that this video is nearly 2 years old, that the band is not mainstream (and part of a subculture in Japan that originally stemmed from over-the-top actions such as this) and how the sampling of one teacher's class in a rural area does not suggest widespread cultural fetishism.

SaraAoi-RukiField-Yuu
SaraAoi-RukiField-Yuu

......Ok so I, personally, am a huge fan of BORN, the band whose PV is being blamed for this trend. That video is over a year and a half old....So why are you saying it's because of them? Like......Seriously? It could just be kids being dumb. Don't blame people until you know for sure.