Taskforce M.O.E.: A Negative Force?

Icon-MOEI’ve been accused in the past of being a negative element of the anime fandom, and that really baffles me, considering all the positive feedback I’ve gotten for Taskforce MOE, and all the personal “thank-you”s I’ve gotten from people who, through Taskforce MOE, I’ve helped to overcome their hang-ups about loving moé, especially considering that those hang-ups were caused by people committed to being derisive and hostile toward moé fans.

How can an individual who has helped people feel good about themselves and enjoy the things they like confidently be a negative element in the fandom? Someone who calls out the tactics of obviously divisive people in the fandom sounds to me like a pretty worthwhile person to have in the fandom.

Could it be that these people don’t want certain anime fans to feel good about themselves, and that they don’t like being taken to task for their underhanded and often nonsense argumentative tactics?

Say it ain’t so.

The fact that I’m considered a negative element by some people only further justifies why Taskforce MOE exists. These people are okay with some anime fans feeling like complete crap about themselves because they like a certain kind of cartoon. If these people had their way, the moé fandom would still be underfoot and would still be collectively too insecure to stand up to the Anti-Moé Brigade.

They’re flailing to shut the most outspoken of us up. It’s hilarious.

On the other hand, though, it’s really disgusting. These people are basically saying that fans of certain types of anime don’t deserve to feel good about themselves. How else would someone defending those types of anime and pointing out the hypocrisy and hostility in attacks on those kinds of anime be a “negative element” of the fandom?

It comes down to the idea that moé fans need to stay quiet and stay in the cupboard so their preferences don’t reflect badly on Anti-Moé Brigade people. The Anti-Moé Brigade, ever clawing for approval from people who would otherwise call them nerds for still liking cartoons, want moé fans, who they perceive as being a blight on the fandom, to feel bad about themselves and remove themselves from the community. It’s about pushing perceived undesirables into the cupboard because they might weird out the people who aren’t into anime.

Fighting the fight in this way is a guaranteed way to lose, because no matter how much you try to push the people who like cartoons you don’t like down, there will be a group of those people who just don’t give a damn. For shaming to work, the receiving party must first be receptive to being shamed, and for some people, enjoying and celebrating the things they like are more important than being shamed by people who don’t even care about them.

Nobody should have to put up with being made to feel like a lesser fan for liking the “wrong” cartoons.

We should be past that, but some of us aren’t, and that’s pretty sad.

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