This is a defense of “gatekeeping.”
There’s a lot of talk about “inclusivity” around, especially with the advent of Gamergate. People talk about it like it’s some kind of virtue, like it’s some kind of universal good that every community should strive to uphold.
I wholeheartedly disagree.
A friend of mine recently directed me to a Youtube video about the use of the term “anime.” Something I’ve seen a lot is confusion over what “anime” is, and that’s somewhat perplexing to me, because, for a long time, I didn’t quite understand what the point of contention was.
I’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.
Fandom hate is something a lot of us are familiar with. While it almost always comes down to a sweeping generalization about an entire group of people based on the actions of a few who identify as part of that group, it happens quite often. As negativity continues to be called out, however, those who blindly attack fandoms are being taken to task.
In this video, I join The Geeky Panda in discussing the aftermath of Syfy’s Heroes of Cosplay series, the implications of the upcoming second season, and how the cosplay community can do it better themselves.
Check it out after the jump.
Negativity in the anime fandom is on its way out. People are getting tired of it, and rightfully so, but how exactly did it get so pervasive in the first place?
The factors contributing to negativity’s rise are part societal, part cultural, and part populist.
A while ago, friend of the site VZMK2 directed me to a Youtube clip. We’ve referenced it in NTR Radio a few times. The clip is from an offline meeting of users from a particular forum, and the point of focus was on an interview with one user, who said:
“We don’t have to be nerds. We can actually sit here and talk about life, girls, football, y’know, whatever the stuff we’re into, and also talk about toys, naturally, but it’s laid-back…”