The Anti-Moé Brigade are experts at spinning an argument in their favor. Granted, the moé fandom doesn’t speak up as much as they should, but to an extent, I can understand the aversion to debating the subject with the Anti-Moé Brigade, particularly because of the way they approach it.
The Anti-Moé Brigade has an issue with the moé dialogue, and it extends past them simply being adverse to any kind of genuine discourse on the subject. In the Anti-Moé Brigade’s approach to the moé debate, I see an unhealthy anti-discussion streak. That is to say, when the Anti-Moé Brigade talks about moé, even when they about how terrible they think it is, they do so in a very derisive fashion.
Don’t get me wrong. The issue of treating legitimately discussable issues with dismissal is by no means a problem exclusive to the Anti-Moé Brigade. It’s rampant throughout the anime community.
Let me make this clear: This behaviour is toxic.
Specifically, the way the Anti-Moé Brigade goes about it, by dismissing and ridiculing any moé discussion that isn’t wholly negative, they de-legitimize all discussion that doesn’t occur on their own terms. It’s a brilliant, but evil tactic that only hurts the anime community in the long run by derailing and stifling legitimate discussion.
To give an example, a few weeks ago, I took part in a discussion (The discussion involving me “begins” on page 9) on the Anime News Network forums that, while having started out a discussion about “otaku pandering” in anime, turned into a debate about moé. The debate lasted for a few pages, and was actually quite civil.
Cue ANN Executive Editor Zac, who comes in and attempts to derail the thread with this unnecessary, dismissive comment:
Are posts like these really necessary, especially when there’s an actual discussion going on? Not really, unless your agenda is to dismiss and derail a moé discussion you feel has been too bipartisan and legitimate and works against your Anti-Moé Rhetoric Machine. The Anti-Moé Brigade operates not just on the level of preventing genuine moé discussion by shutting-out and vilifying moé otaku, they also operate on the level of shutting down any genuine moé discussion that does take place.
Make no mistake. The Anti-Moé Brigade is not out to promote “intellectualism.” They are simply out to vilify moé and dismiss any discussion that could potentially paint moé as anything but the absolute destruction of anime.