There's a Fine Line Between Teasing and Open Contempt. Which is This?!
It's not often I ever really editorialize for my blog on Anime Vice, but something I only saw recently has me kind of scratching my head in confusion. It started a few days ago when I was on Comic Vine. I saw a link of their community section for a video discussion for Batgirl Year One. What I saw was a detailed and very informative video about the comic by Whiskey Media interns, Matt "Bodega" Kessler and Steve "Lemon" Ramirez. The basic theme of this feature is that they discuss older series and see if they can still stand up to a modern audience. I had never seen these episode features before. I was also surprised to see one listed for Neon Genesis Evangelion. The series is easily one of the classics for anime and can bring about a very rich discussion. Even more so if you bring up the latest Rebuild of Evangelion projects that have been coming out only recently. What I did notice though was that this particular video was only a little over a minute long. Much shorter than all the others. There was a rather interesting synopsis of what the series means to the history of anime, but their review basically sums up to simply this. "Fuck Anime.". No, I'm not paraphrasing. That's what they literally only said. "Fuck Anime". They then go on to mention talking to one of the editors of Anime Vice. Here I was thinking they were going to go from a joke to possibly talking with Tom Pinchuk over the phone or Skype to get his views on the series. Since he covered it for his Watch & Learn series. Instead, it cut to an empty couch for a few seconds.
I've played football in school on a very large team. So, I know all about harsh though well-natured teasing. This has me kind of confused. I honestly don't know if I should be laughing or be kind of pissed off. Repeatedly, I've seen little other than open contempt to anime and manga from many of the personalities of the sites. This is in no way a statement directed to either Ethan or Daniel. I know that these two have been really supportive and stand up guys to the community of Anime Vice. The same for Tom. Even Coonce occasionally drops in to say a few good things in posts. I know it can't be really easy when you have no in house staff to represent anime, but does that mean you should just constantly mock it in this manner?
There just comes a point when all you are hearing are insults and no praise that you start to wonder if it's teasing, or do they honestly hate you? The mantra that I've often heard from the editors on the Whiskey Media Live Show is, "Anime is for jerks.". How do you expect users from the other sites to drop in and see what's on here if that's all they are ever hearing from the main personalities? Users will often follow the lead of a site personality. I've always tried to be inclusive and welcoming to users from the other Whiskey Media brands as a moderator on Anime Vice. I've personally dedicated a lot of hours into this site. Both editing the wiki pages of numerous series and writing articles for the news page. I really enjoy doing it. When I go into other websites to try and attract new users. I don't just mention Anime Vice. I talk about Whiskey Media as a whole.
It seems as if I'm not to only one who has mixed views about this video. It's getting almost as many negative reviews as positive. Some calling it "needlessly cruel". Was this a rather drawn out example of teasing, or a bold slap in the Anime Vice community's face? I really would like to know.