- Clickhole finally weighs in on whether anime is for jerks or not.
Colour me not at all surprised to see that Patrick dropped a snarky "lol, anime fucking sucks" parody quiz into a list of articles about people trying to promote inclusivity and diversity in and around video games. I know, it's a parody site, but I'm struggling to come up with a take-away from that zero-effort series of cheap-shots that isn't "you're stupid/gross if you like this."
Based on the the content of that quiz, I have to assume that the implied answer to Patrick's rhetorical question is "yes, anime is for jerks." Thanks for letting us know how far your inclusivity extends.
What's all the more frustrating/ironic is that the Giant Bomb forum community was recently host to a productive, no-moderation-required, 124-post-long discussion (started by me, though I'd have enjoyed it regardless) about enjoying the diversity and creativity of anime despite the hostile and unfair stereotypes -- particularly those stereotypes perpetuated by high-profile members of the games press. I'm not saying it deserves to be here, but I think there's infinitely more to be learned from a bunch of people earnestly describing their relationship with an ostracized form of media (which, yes, has subsets that are easy to criticize) than from someone on sitting on the sidelines yelling "hah, look at those fucking nerds!"
Since the guys seemed to joke on Twitter that the quiz was made by Jeff, I think @patrickklepek linked it as a mockery of those who irrationally dislike and stereotype anime(like Jeff often plays). I don't really think it's that effective of a mockery, as it could be taken as an insulting post depending on your interpretation, but I don't believe Patrick linked to it out of an interest to insult anime fans.
Having said that, I do agree that the Kill la Kill thread was far more interesting, and it had the potential to make a real point to people about accepting ourselves and our fandoms. It is certainly unfortunate that easy jokes often get prominence over more meaningful discussions.