Time Enforcer Anubis here with more on moé!
Being fans of obscure media (At least, obscure in relation to more generally-accepted media), some infighting will occur within the fandom. Arguments are inevitable between individuals who are passionate about a particular subject. However, at the end of the day, those people should be able to accept each other as members of the same fandom, and work together to better it.
The Anti-Moé Brigade doesn’t seem interested in this.
While hatred of moé can sometimes be seen as a simple preference (Some hatred is founded on misconceptions that have been taken for fact), the Anti-Moé Brigade often doesn’t just hate moé. The fans often fall victim to the vitriol put forth by the Anti-Moé Brigade. Moé fans have been called “Man-children,” “pedophiles,” variations of the word “pervert,” have been accused of being sexist or consuming sexist media, and have generally suffered a lot of bullcrap from the Anti-Moé Brigade.
The thing is: Most moé fans just want to enjoy their anime. Why else would anti-moé sentiment be so widespread compared to pro-moé sentiment? The Anti-Moé Brigade certainly has the advantage when it comes to publicity. Many prominent figures within the Western fandom have spoken out against moé. However, they’re not quite happy with that. Certain elements within the Anti-Moé Brigade see fit to insult, troll, or in some cases, even harass certain pro-moé fans.
It gets out-of-hand sometimes. Seanver (whose site used to be in the blogroll) cited constant harassment from certain members of certain blogs for pro-moé articles he had written months ago as one reason he shut his site down. It’s sickening to me, to think that some fans take sadistic pleasure in harassing people who simply don’t agree with them and further, believe they are just in doing so.
I’ve pulled this adage out twice before and will continue doing so until everyone gets it:
“We all share a passion for the same medium and many of the same activities. However, a number of us need to be reminded that what we do and enjoy is found by many to be childish, silly, or creepy. Therefore, it is important that we ultimately stick together as anime fans and not cut each other down because somehow your cartoons are better than my cartoons, his cartoons, or her cartoons.”
It’s incredibly easy to simply talk crap on someone until they agree with your viewpoint (Or in Seanver’s case, disappear into seclusion). It takes no tact and no intelligence to do so. Calling people names because they don’t agree with you about cartoons doesn’t make you an intellectual, no matter what cartoons you like versus what cartoons they like. While many moé fans prefer to simply enjoy their anime, despite the Anti-Moé Brigade, the things I see, hear, and read are just too ridiculous for me to keep quiet about.
If there’s one thing the Anti-Moé Brigade know how to do, it’s promote their own movement. What better way to make your cause seem just than to demonize, harass, and make the opposition seem like worse people, all the while hiding behind the guise of trying to save the anime industry? Though evil, it’s a pretty clever strategy, on paper. However, it doesn’t hold up when challenged.
Problem is, it isn’t challenged often enough. When someone on the outside looking in sees the moé debate, and sees one side being accusatory while the other side is quiet on the issue, it presents a skewed view of the situation, and while ignoring the name-calling and insults may be the proverbial “high road,” it only ends up succeeding in making the Anti-Moé Brigade look unopposed.
While taking the high road might be commendable in the face of insults and name-calling, if we want things to change, we need to take action and speak out against the Anti-Moé Brigade and their rhetoric.
‘Till next time!