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Post Reply Why are so are so many Weebs racist, sexist, homophobic, and/or transphobic?
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Posted 8/25/17 , edited 9/19/17
I have seen a lot of posts, threads, and comments on Crunchyroll/other anime sites and there always seems to be a common theme: Many people who watch anime tend to have negative opinions on races other than their own, on women, on people that identify as homosexual, and on transpeople.

Obviously, not everyone is like this and this post isn't to demonize people who are. I am just genuinely curious why so many people are.

As a straight male living in the U.S., I would definitely say these things don't affect me personally but I see them as extremely important and we should all care about them.

A comment explaining why would be appreciated. I am definitely looking forward to hearing some interesting opinions!
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Not necessarily true, what is true is that people with those values are also more likely to try and force them on others, which is why you see posts of that kind. Doesn't matter what group you look at, often times the most vocal are also the most repugnant.
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I was shocked when I started looking at this site too. I didn't realise the amount of people with that had these views but then when it comes to how we are seen by most people in general it makes sense (neckbeards and all)
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Posted 8/25/17 , edited 9/30/17
There are assholes and horrible people in every community. Sadly these people are really vocal. Homophobic people are the most common from my perspective.
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They shouldn't have touched vidya, not even weeb games are safe.

Posted 8/25/17 , edited 9/14/17
I dunno, but i also wouldnt be surprised if half are just bored trolling . not excusing it of course
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Posted 8/25/17 , edited 9/26/17
It's a vocal minority. Well, at least that's what I like to believe. To me, it makes sense to think that a lot of these comments stand out because they go against the grain. You'd be less likely to recognize non-bigoted people who are just posting normally.- kind of like a negativity bias.

That's my idea anyway, but maybe it's a tad optimistic.

As an aside, I do find it slightly ironic to lead off a post like this mentioning "weebs". I don't mean that in an accusatory way - I honestly just find it unexpected.
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Posted 8/25/17 , edited 9/24/17
1. Japan is pretty conservative. It comes from Confucianism and the inherent isolationism of being an island.

2. 4chan's influence. 4chan is the biggest anime board on the Internet. The reason it leans right is a whole other story, but it didn't during the Bush presidency.

3. This is the main one: anime is very exageratted. Everything has to be THE BIGGEST MECH OF ALL!!! Or THE VERY BEST, LIKE NO ONE EVER WAS! Time freezes when ever anyone has any serious emotional experience (every 5 minuets), faces warp at will, ect. This is also reflected in the stories, especially in shonen works.

This hyperbole story telling naturally attracts the more extreme and bizzare ends of the political spectrum, which include MAGA republicans, fascists, but also sneky libertarians, anime trans symbols even communists. (See link)

https://www.reddit.com/r/ANI_COMMUNISM/comments/6vd2d7/the_horseshoe_theory_of_twitter_avatars/

3.5. There's also the fact people with extreme views get them from reading a lot online, and they have the time to visit these places. which leads into the conclusion.

Conclusion/summary Points 1+2 don't explain everything, but they do explain the original reason why anime fans may lean right. In every political community a consensus, even a weak one, must form. Crunchyroll has the anime bias right, so a conservative bias formed, but it's not completely mono-cultural, there's a place for liberals.

No thread I've seen for anarchists like me though.
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Posted 8/25/17 , edited 9/26/17
Because that's how human nature is.
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Posted 8/25/17 , edited 9/30/17

Cait_Sidhe wrote:

As an aside, I do find it slightly ironic to lead off a post like this mentioning "weebs". I don't mean that in an accusatory way - I honestly just find it unexpected.


Darn weebs ruined weeb sights.
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Cait_Sidhe wrote:

kind of like a negativity bias.

Not kind of. That is exactly what it is. In my time on this board, I could count on my fingers how many times I have seen a blatantly racist comment, and I have only seen a small handful of other comments that have implicit racism.
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Posted 8/25/17 , edited 8/28/17
Have not seen much racism, honestly. I avoid General Discussion, perhaps revised my definition of what is racism(Though I strongly believe one user does likely qualify: I have to consider the posting. In the end, it does not matter, since I find their posting to be consistently unpleasant), and the amount of crazy generated by LalaSatalin with that whole Holocaust denialism series of threads is long over.

Transphobic beliefs are much more common by my definition, but it is more commonly accepted in society, and they are a strong political topic. Such social issues are, since people have not only made up their minds from the get go, but it doesn't challenge any real aspects of appropriate governing that would require some knowledge. It is a topic anyone can argue about without being well versed into law, same as gays and abortion. This plus talking about any demographic, is likely to end up in flames anyway.

Things like gun laws take a bit more knowledge, and I can honestly say I am not disappointed in those discussions. Most of the well versed people do make for good discussion, treated well.

I think you should relax, enjoy the Anime Discussion section, avoid General if it stresses you out. No real point in arguing. I find most of the irregular to be dumb, but that is mostly because I disagree with them, as well as everyone in general In General to be complete assholes.

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Posted 8/25/17 , edited 8/26/17

XxDarkSasuxX wrote:


Cait_Sidhe wrote:

kind of like a negativity bias.

Not kind of. That is exactly what it is. In my time on this board, I could count on my fingers how many times I have seen a blatantly racist comment, and I have only seen a small handful of other comments that have implicit racism.


I'm not sure I would go that far. I get the feeling that I perceive it occurring more often than you might if you can count the occurrences on your fingers. Then again - that may also just be a negativity bias on my part.

I guess I might be contradicting myself a bit. I do personally believe that it's a vocal minority, but I don't necessarily want to make it sound like it's not an issue to be concerned with or addressed.

But I guess now I'm just not making any sense lol.

Basically, yes - negativity bias. But I myself wouldn't put that in a tone quite so... dismissive? There's probably a better and less accusatory word I could have used there, but I can't think of it lol.
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