Sorry for all the heavy-handed rants lately. This is meant to be a lighthearted sort of blog, not a preachy one. I’ll return things back to the regular scheduled programming after this one. Promise!! :3
That being said, freedom of expression is quite a trigger warning type of topic in this day in age. Whenever it is brought up in a conversation I’m always reminded of the famous quote “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. What should be added to it, however, is ” Just because you can doesn’t mean you should“. I’m all for people being able to express themselves freely, but there has to be limit to how far they can go.
What does all of that have to do with anime you ask? Over the weekend I came across a CNN article about Japan’s fight against child pornography being depicted in manga. And while there has been a lot of progress in ridding the market of it, it’s still quite a prevalent issue. What caught my eye the most about the article was a quote made by Ken Akamatsu, creator of Love Hina. He basically said that the country’s attempt to rid manga of child porn was a form of stifling freedom of expression. Here was my reaction to hearing that:
Again, I am not against people expressing themselves freely, but what part of your freedom of expression is being hindered by Japan cracking down on child pornography? No, I am not a SJW who thinks that there’s a direct correlation between sexual assault on children and anime/manga. I am, however, someone who recognizes that human trafficking is a HUGE issue and that there are some sick people out there. All it takes is one person to act upon their desires to ruin things for everyone.
As I said before, just because you can doesn’t mean you should. You can’t draw manga depicting underage girls/boys being sexually assaulted and then act surprised when you get backlash over it, even in a place like Japan who is more open about sex than most countries. Likewise, I have every right in the world to call a person every nasty word I can think of, and they would be well within their right to punch me square in my mouth. Complete freedom without consequence leads to nothing but chaos. There has to be a sense of morality that coincides with it. There has to be a line that cannot be crossed if we want to continue to have such freedoms. That is why we have laws: Not to restrict your freedoms, but to keep them within reason.
Express yourselves any way you want! No one is saying that you can’t! Just bear in mind that you have to keep it within reason. That is Just…My 2 Cents!!!