Why not talk about stereotypes?
Talk about stereotypes all you like. My point is that you (and others who haven't been to Japan) are not qualified to talk about stereotypes in Japan. All you do is confuse the issue. Matthew Minami being a perfect example.
And I used Matthew as an example. He may or may not have intended this, but I have heard from many people who have been to Japan that there is a stereotype exactly like Matthew's character.
And now you're hearing from someone who lives there, speaks the language, has come to face-to-face with the stereotypes that do
exist, and I'm telling you Matthew Minami is not one of them. First of all, he's essentially the broad gay character that Fujii Takashi originally played, as a Japanese person, with his Japanese name. The use of the name "Matthew" and the blond wig are just to separate that character and Fujii (who has very publicly married the very cute former gravure idol Otoha), and to provide for over the top
character bits, like being the son of an English count's daughter and a Japanese cellist. He doesn't hit any of the usual comedic characteristics for gaijin - no big nose, no goofy intonation, not even dramatic exclamations of "オーマイゴッド". In fact, his supposed "English" heritage is played for comedic contrast against his encyclopedic knowledge of '80s Japanese idol song choreography.
A stereotype is ": something conforming to a fixed or general pattern; especially : a standardized mental picture that is held in common by members of a group and that represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment". Let me tell you, Matthew Minami is not standardized in anyway, and his image is not held in common among Japanese people as what foreigners are like. At least not the Japanese people I know.