And I thought anti-Semitism had to involve JEWS.
Oh look, social commentary in mah animu blawg. Durr hurr hurr hurr.
Let’s see here.
A Democratic New Hampshire Statesman apparently made the greatest gaffe of his life by declaring Japanese animation a good reason for killing more of DEM JAPANESE. And not Japanese Porn, since that stuff is terrible to begin with. And the Republicans are having a field day because now they’re able to sling mud all over the place.
Even if we remove Toyota making cars that turn into high-speed kinetic missiles and bloody Futenna from the picture, it’s pretty obvious WHY DEM REPUBLICANS are jumping onto this like flies to honey: Obamacare. Yes, Healthcare reform and the amendments got passed in the Senate. That’s why the Republicans are attacking.
People make stupid mistakes and move on. (Yes, I do believe he apologized.) So yeah, I’m not getting too worked up over a stupid mistake. Sure, the Japanese may now have more ammo to force the Americans out of Futenna, but really now, this isn’t about Futenna. It’s partisanship at it’s very worst. Sensitivity to Japan notwithstanding. And no, I don’t think I’m capable of even talking about the impact of Little Boy and Fat Man on Japanese culture as a whole.
Then again, in Singapore, it’s leaders get away with gaffes like this and no one’s the wiser. Or if they are angry, they bitch about it in their Internet forums and not do anything about it. One of our leaders just said it ain’t his fault the locals are lazy and needed “spurs stuck in their behinds to get them working” (paraphrased because I can’t remember all that well, also, published in local newspaper) when talking about the country’s foreign policy.
I’ll be awaiting my defamation/libel summons, if you please.
PS: And yes, if you’re going to scream ANTI-SEMITISM next time, better make sure there’s actual anti-Semitism. No, I do not advocate not condone the mocking of the Jews. Anyone who does that is a complete idiot who needs help.