The Museum of Hoaxes
hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive
   
Hoaxes Throughout History
Middle AgesEarly Modern1700s1800-1840s1850-1890s
1900s1910s1920s1930s1940s1950s1960s1970s1980s1990s21st Century2014
Ban On Anime
An email has been going around urging people to sign this petition:

To:  George Bush
Some people are signing against anime and are calling is to be a "perverse, evil, insiduous form of animation from the dark land of Japan, and is corrupting America's youth at unprecedented rates." Anime is NOT corrupting the youth of America, and since when has America become a country of Christians? Isn't there a SEPARATION of Church and State? Isn't this a ban on our Freedom of Speech? And Freedom of Press? What does anime have to do with brainwashing our youth?


Even though I'm not sure what 'signing against anime' is supposed to mean, I do know that there is no movement underfoot by any politician to ban anime. But it's worth scrolling through the messages left by the 4129 people who signed the petition. Some of them are quite amusing.
Art
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jan 29, 2005


Well, if you think that anime is just "some girl with big eyes" then you got a lot to learn. That's your problem if you don't like anime, so just leave us anime fans continue on with out 'obsesive lives' ok?
Posted by Taina  in  Australia  on  Sun Oct 01, 2006  at  07:57 AM
DAH, people get obsessive about a lot of different things. A lot ot Trekkies dress up in Star Trek uniforms, a lot of people dress up in military uniforms portraying someone from the American Revolution or the Civil War. People dress up as knights etc for The Society for Creative Anacronisms or Renassance (sp?) Festivals. The cartoon genre, of which anime is a part, is a fun way to spend some time. Cartoons allow the producer to create situations that can't happen in real life since a cartoon character does not have to obey the laws of physics. Some anime is mindless fluff, so are many Hollywood movies. Some anime is predictable, again so are many Hollywood movies. Whatever you can say against anime, can be said against Hollywood also with as much truth. Most fans of anime have a life - I suggewst you try to get one as well.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Sun Oct 01, 2006  at  04:59 PM
i ttly agree. there are just as many "bad" anime shows as there is "bad" hollywood movies. take away hentai, take away porn.
take away anime, take away cartoons.
take away manga, take away comic books.
thats how i see it. an eye for an eye.
ANIME FOREVER!!!!!>_<
Posted by otakudork  on  Thu Oct 26, 2006  at  12:35 PM
the society are just a bunch of hipocrythes... The world is screwed alredy, with rapers, crime, drugs, etc... I see really horrible things all the time in real life, in the news, paper... Things that traumate people, drive then nuts, and make them do crazy stuff, is all in real life, and people who think that forbiding something is going to make a change, they are just decieving themselves, because when you forbid something people tend to look for it more, and coparing the REAL horrible things that happens in real life with animated violence? lol it just make you look stupid, or that you dont have any life experience yet =/
Posted by Dranzel  on  Sun Nov 05, 2006  at  04:11 AM
Oh by the way, when i said rapers, i mean by rape, not rap music (got a bit rusty on english) =P
Posted by Dranzel  on  Sun Nov 05, 2006  at  04:14 AM
i don't see why the us would ban anime/manga. it piss me off bc its the only thing i like 2 watch/read. any1 who said this corrupts the youth shoud be a parent and not let them watch/read it. its that simple.

kind of disagree with this statment "since when has America become a country of Christians?" most of are four fathers were or belived in there principles so that was kind of a dumb statement.
Posted by philip  on  Mon Nov 27, 2006  at  11:00 AM
i love anime if its banned i will kill myself.
Posted by Brenden,Cooper  in  elyria,ohio  on  Tue Dec 19, 2006  at  02:38 PM
Ooh, are you going to do it online where we all can enjoy it? wink
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Tue Dec 19, 2006  at  02:46 PM
Wow, stuff I end up locating in my periods of extreme boredom!

I'll keep short and sweet, and sad to a point.

1: Online petitions appear to be a waste of time and space, but alas. It's the internet. Free is free, and passing time is passing time.

2: That petition was pretty funny. But sadly, sometimes I wish to agree with that logic. (Although by no means in an extreme 'Right Wing' sort of way.) In my time of increasing depression over the loss of anime to the hungry and cruel American business market, I find myself wishing for the old days when only a handful of people knew what Japanese animation actually was, and there was no "Japanophiling" going on. It's gotten to the point of being rather ridiculous now a days.
Posted by Nope  on  Mon Jan 29, 2007  at  03:17 AM
Lalalala *walks in and sees this predicament* Oh my. Oh my, oh my. This just will not do. *shakes head sadly* Even if it a hoax, it still breaks my heart that people think all anime is pornographic. They've obviously never seen Fancy Lala, Magical Meow Meow Taruto, and many other shows just like it that have nothing to do with porn, much less /child/ porn. That's just sick. And what other perverted people do in their spare time with the characters of anime is not in any way anime's fault. Ugh.

Well, that's all I have to say for now, but I'll probably be back.

A die-hard anime fan willing to go to jail for it,
LaLa

P.S. Check out http://www.writing.com/authors/lala13 :-D
Posted by LaLa  in  Florida  on  Sat Feb 03, 2007  at  01:18 PM
I read the petition... your being f***ing rediculouse (sorry if that is spelled wrong but dont be a spelling nazi...) this is bullshit you say we live in moral decay...well if we didnt want that we wouldnt have made the constitution this way. why dont you call REAL porn filth and deprivacy cause hentai is just a drawing and besides if we dont want our kids watching porn or anything like this dont we have PARENTAL BLOCKS or something like that? so your not gonna save alot of kids if you ban anime your just gonna piss us off to a high extent so YOU do the right thing and F*** OFF and i dont think your a very GOOD christian by putting down a race (japaneese in this case) so along with all the people who sign and will sign that petition see you all in hell bitches

p.s. o in the petition you DID mention Love Hina...just lettin you know
Posted by IdRaWaNiMe  in  lawton OK  on  Sun Feb 04, 2007  at  12:47 AM
O and before i forget children under the age of 18 CAN and sometimes DO love you f***ing morons jesus its like you guys think the body runs on laws as in the body doesnt expirience love untill 18 which is the maturity age in U.S. i swear i hope you guys feel bad about putting this petition out so you can get cused out by what you are trying to save....i am damn proud to say im 14 and watch anime and yes i HAVE checked out hentai ONCE but hasnt everyone i mean come on when you get curiouse you tend to find out WHATEVER you are curiouse about so f*** you and all the signers of the petition...sorry if my follow up comment was so long
Posted by IdRaWaNiMe  in  lawton OK  on  Sun Feb 04, 2007  at  01:00 AM
Geeze IdRaWaNiMe, such vehemence. Who exactly are you yelling at here? After all, it's just a post about a bogus email. None of us were trying to ban anime, and yet you come on here yelling. You're exactly the type of person the email was aimed at - those who spout off without bothering to stop and think first. As such I have to say the email is a success. Burn!
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Mon Feb 05, 2007  at  09:56 AM
My friend is Japanese too and found it really offensive and here was my other friends response:

Dear Mr. Fuller,

I've come to the conclusion that you have helped write this petition. After reading it, there are many things incorrect with it.

1. Ah! My Goddess and Love Hina are not meant for children. The DVD cases blatantly state "For Ages 16+" or "For Ages 17+". Use common sense, please.

2. In Ah! My Goddess, the goddess Belldandy is NOT under 18 years of age. She is probably much older, because she is a goddess. Again, common sense.

3. You don't state which George Bush the petition is to go to. Do some research next time.

4. The "Responsible Americans Against Child Exploitation" is not a real organization. Google and Wikipedia, high traffic ranked web sites on the internet, came up with nothing. Compared to your fake organization, you'd at least get my self-created web site for my cosplay group, the Neko Mercenaries Group Indignation.

5. What the hell? Your email address has "neko", the Japanese word for "cat", in it, and yet you wrote a petition against anime? You're a fluke!

6. "As a resonsible Christian, I demand to see this garbage removed from our nation. Please sign this petition and send it to George Bush, your Congressman, and the makers/distributors of anime filth and depravity. "

WHOA WHOA WHOA! You're a Christian (Maybe you aren't, but you helped write the petition, you're getting a flame and a half.), and yet you think George Bush (Which one again? That wasn't stated.) will listen to you? Hey, here's something you should research: Separation of Church and State. It's part of the United States Constitution. I don't think you're going to win this. Oh, and use a spell checker. It's spelled "responsible".

All in all, you have lost this, and a petition was created just now (7:23 PM, January 15, 2007) to petition your petition.

Sincerely,

-Seph-kun
Posted by Fukoma-Chan  in  (Private)  on  Sun Feb 25, 2007  at  04:17 PM
Hey um I'm not sure if this ban on anime is real or not but seriously why would you ban anime? Most people who watch it watch it to get their minds off of things, or at least I do. I'm a HUGE anime fan and if they wanna ban anime then they should ban pornography and R-rated movies while they're at it. I'm sure those are even more offensive to people than anime is. Yeah anime does have some graphic ones but it's not anyones choice but the person who watches it to watch it. (If that made any sense)
Posted by Sarah  in  Ohio  on  Tue Mar 20, 2007  at  04:58 PM
this petition is funny. people are fucking morons, I can't believe that they would even try to do this. There is more anime in the USA then there is movies made in the usa. No one will be able to ban anime. hentai maybe, but it will be all underground! Stupid people never heard of P2P programs? they should be found, beat to death with a mop stick, and left for dead!

Get a fucking life, and get over it. If you don't want anime in your house, then buy tivo or whatever to block it. But I can tell you now, you will never be able to block anime, you block anime you block all cartoons, and everything from cartoons, to the oprah bitch that you watch for 3 hours a day. Have fun watching a black blank screen you fuckers!
Posted by me  in  my house  on  Tue Mar 27, 2007  at  05:50 AM
this is so retarted,i love wtaching anime,in fact on youtube i have over 200 videos off it,made by me,so i love anime,and if jorge bush bannes anime,im moving somewere else..lol
Posted by Brian  in  PA.  on  Sun Apr 08, 2007  at  01:20 PM
I hope congress bans anime because it's using subliminal messages (sending messages to the subconcious mind which then processes them to make you do it without your consent) to get people to hate America. Anime is sick and disgusting because about 95% of it contains traces of porn, and in most cases, the whole thing is porn. All they are doing is sending their perverted customs into America, and making the next generation of children filthy anime porn addicts who hate the country they were born in.
Posted by Animesucks  in  New York  on  Tue Apr 10, 2007  at  10:38 AM
Animesucks WTF is wrong with you... are you just one of those paranoid retards that thinks that everything is a conspiracy. Its not turning all the kids in America into brainwashed porn addicts that only live for anime porn, anime is just fun to read and get into. People will always read anime DEAL WITH IT!!!
Posted by InternetNinja  in  School  on  Tue Apr 10, 2007  at  03:53 PM
Of course, the problem with such a ban is that it is an act against a form of expression. Such a ban would, therefore, be unconstitutional as it's contrary to the 1st Amendment.

Furthermore, you would have media companies that would also rally to fight against such a ban if it were to occur since many do earn money producing and localizing anime for the American market. And, even companies that do not produce anime could see the precedent that such a ban could entail and would also fight against such a ban. Plus, there would be civil rights organizations such as the ACLU that would rally against a ban. And, this is on top of regular people who enjoy anime who may also act to see that such a ban be rejected.

In all, a call for such a ban would have to be a hoax or from a harebrained moron who wants to dictate to others what is acceptable and what is not. - Reinhart
Posted by Reinhart  on  Wed Apr 11, 2007  at  02:15 PM
haha the guy who wrote it his email is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
who has a japanese word for their email and then calls the japanese filthy?
Posted by Tasha Ruth  on  Thu Apr 12, 2007  at  07:45 AM
The president banning anime????????!!!!!!!!! Geez.... Dispeakable........ What dont he say about American teen dramas that are negative impact on children....... Why not about American animations as well that are too typical causing intimidation for some young teenagers........ For example, basically if we dont follow what teen celebrities wear in America, sometimes we are rather referred as aliens to them...... Why not say the American pop culture that drive some younger generation to insanity........ Look how some young celebrities had polluted some of the minds and 'clean' of our current generation........ If anime is evil then why premier Pokemon, Shaman King and Yu-gi-oh, arent they also 'evil' anime as referred by some Christian families...... I dont understand..... Why mention only Ah! My Goddess and Love Hina?! But no matter how hard porn is to be stopped, some young people will still have access to them wide online at homes in America....... Just because I like anime comedy like Love Hina does not make me a lecher! Duh?! Ah,well, just my opinion!

If the president hates Japanese that does not make him a good Christian either...... Because to hate someone means to 'kill' them..... And as Christians, we do not hate because we are God's precious children......

Imagine I've met some of my Christian friends that even said that hentai anime is no different since in general some of them seem 'equivalent' to 'Hollywood' adult themed films......
Posted by C-Ann  on  Fri Apr 13, 2007  at  01:59 PM
If anime is banned, that also means he will be insulting the most loved of all time Miyazaki Hayao who produced famous Ghibli films..... Ghibli films are also movie anime anyways....... And Ghibli films are very meaningful to young teenagers, families and even young children....... If anime is banned, that may mean in the future young children will never ever have chance to watch Tottoro.........
Posted by C-Ann  on  Fri Apr 13, 2007  at  02:09 PM
I dont mean the president hate Japanese, just animation in general..... Sorry if meant offenses with words.....

Just that some young American generation lack decency these days.... Because of the deep influence of pop culture of them...... particularly Hollywood in general, some teen dramas with all the cultural stereotypes, how young celebrities dress that some young people tried to follow...... Just to conclude it is hard these days to define what is decent and right in terms of media these days..... well, anime is part of media tat was why...... Ciao~~~~
Posted by C-Ann  on  Fri Apr 13, 2007  at  02:38 PM
Ah, many morons on both sides of the debate here...

1. Most Christians aren't like the nonsensical authors of that so-called petition.
2. Those flaming the petition authors are using a equally as nonsensical logic as the petition authors themselves.
3. Please do not try to sound like you're intelligent and then claim there is a Separation of Church & State when there is none. Read the Constitution.

Though I disagree with the authors of this petition, I am both an Evangelical Christian and an avid Anime fan. I believe that there should always be intellectual debates on controversial subjects. But once you start coming off as being as equally moronic as those whom you're trying to debate it ceases being a debate and becomes a hissing match. Which in the end gets us nowhere.

Btw, do not worry about a banning of Anime in the United States, since it violates no obscenity laws, Anime is considered protected speech. You're more likely to see a ban on softcore pornography before Anime, and we all know its highly unlikely that that would happen in our lifetime.
Posted by Vega  in  Kokomo, IN  on  Sat Apr 14, 2007  at  12:57 AM
you are an idiot, thats what you are!
Posted by InternetNinja  in  You would like to know  on  Sat Apr 14, 2007  at  04:00 AM
Is there more or are you done hissing at me? If there is anything in my previous post in which you disagree with, I am open to debate you right here. But if you're only going to call me names, you best not waste your time, because I will not waste mine.
Posted by Vega  in  Kokomo, IN  on  Sat Apr 14, 2007  at  04:39 PM
People like you that think you are so much above everyone else, well guess what, your not. In fact you are worse than everyone else because of that mindset, I have dealt with people like you before, and I have learned its not worth my time. No matter how much you refuse to believe it you are the close minded type that thinks they are open minded. So just go thinking you are better than all the people here.
Posted by InternetNinja  in  You would like to know  on  Mon Apr 16, 2007  at  01:43 AM
Okay...this is just plain damned ridiculous.
One) stop with the name calling.It's stupid and wastes time.
Two) Never ever ever accuse anyone of being either open or closed minded. You don't know anything about any of the other people here, so it makes you look like an ass.
Three)Before you start calling someone else an idiot, make sure you check your post for errors. Atleast then, they can't call you a hypocritical idiot.
Four)BUSH CANNOT BAN ANIME!!!!! I have said this before. Study the american government people!!!
There is one section of congress that deals entirely with the media. Japan is one of our biggest trading countries. Do you really think we're stupid enough to really fuck ourselves over that much?
The only thing Bush can do is suggest that the more graphic shows and movies be shown at a time when it would be least likely for a bunch of little kids to be watching.

That's all for now and have a nice day.
Posted by VampireChild21  in  Kansas  on  Mon Apr 16, 2007  at  12:18 PM
Making some pretty big assumptions there now aren't we, InternetNinja? Calling me that without any evidence so that you may cut off any opportunity for an intellectual debate. Now whose the one being closed minded?

About my mindset, did you come to that conclusion because I criticized the logic behind your previous posts? Or, is it that you are one whose logic comes from those who are prejudicial toward all who hold to a faith in the supernatural?
Posted by Vega  in  Kokomo, IN  on  Mon Apr 16, 2007  at  07:14 PM
Comments: Page 4 of 7 pages ‹ First  < 2 3 4 5 6 >  Last ›
Commenting is no longer available in this channel entry.
All text Copyright © 2014 by Alex Boese, except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.