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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.
Categories: Art
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jan 29, 2005
Comments (205)
this is wrong you no its like he is being raceist!!! you no pplz should of vote for kerry he an't being no raceist damn you can't just do that. http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/saveanime this is a site with 1402 and more pplz liek r not up to teh idea of anime geting taken of tv. this is wrong he can't do that. I guess he is maad that japanses animation is better then america's don't get me wrong or any thing you no disney is great but you no I ratehr be watching anime tehy can't do that.
Posted by Annie  in  Garland Tx  on  Sat May 21, 2005  at  01:49 PM
hey i love inuyasha he bata not take it off or imma do some thing BAD like that baster bata not do that man so ya... that asian hater get some people to do something about this >_<** faggit bush
Posted by mr kid aka YA  in  tx  on  Sat May 21, 2005  at  06:47 PM
Hey,does anyone have proof that Bush is doing this?Lots of people pick on race,that isn't right,anime should stay,Bush should go!I am asian and I have more asian friends then white and other religions,but he is doing this to the United States because he just hate us asians?!The whole of Asia is strong they have the power to destroy the USA!If you hate asians,the asians will fight you Bush,and war will erupt,think of your people here!We unite today for a reason,you can't defeat our fate,our thoughts belong to us,after all,"No man deserves punishment for there thoughts!"How can our president be such a fool,why don't we might as well move to Asia or something?Does our future have to be controled by such a fool for four more years? cool mad
Posted by Ms.Lam  in  Texas  on  Sat May 21, 2005  at  07:24 PM
Has anyone heard if the petition was sent? Even if it was sent, the odds are probable about 10 million to 1 that it reaches President George W. Bush's desk and another 10 million to 1 that he would pay attention to it. There is no benefit to the President that I can see for him to pay attention to this, much less act on it. I haven't heard a word about this anywhere but here. This is just some jerk getting his fifteen minutes of fame. And, if the guy responsible for the petition knows about this thread, all anyone is doing here is feeding his ego. The guy protesting isn't much better. His letter has, I am sure, an even smaller chance to get noticed by the President.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Sun May 22, 2005  at  06:55 PM
The petition was a joke by an anime fan. Whether or not anime should or should not be banned isn't the point. Whether it can or cannot be banned isn't the point. The true humor and genius of the petition lies in trapping the less intelligent into spewing bigotry and random hatred against others. The sad part is it didn't trap "bigot christians" but infintile idiots who I can only pray are only 13 (as an excuse for the lack of grammer or coherent thought). Instead of ignoring the petition or treating is as a joke most of the people that signed spewed such witty gems like "Christians should die. You all suck. Anime is God!". Anime is not the greatest thing since sliced bread and I'm a fan. I enjoy watching it like I enjoy catching the occasional blockbuster flick. It's a form of entertainment and escapism not a reason d'etre.

Please. Read. A. Book.
Posted by Logic and Reason  on  Sat Jun 25, 2005  at  10:48 AM
Ugh. If anime is banned, that would be terrible! I am a HUGE fan of anime, and to do that would be a big loss to the USA. I have lots of friends who love anime, and we even have our own club. To ban it would just be wrong.
Posted by Lori  on  Tue Jul 05, 2005  at  10:46 PM
Lets see, this thread started back at the end of Jan. There has been nothing in the common media about either an attempt to ban anime or the effort to defeat such. Beyond the fact that such would be impossible, unlawful, and unAmerican there is the glaring probability that this is a hoax (surprise!) so that whoever started it might get a bit of fame.

I can remember, vaguely, a small group who picketed the White House in the 50s demanding that animals be made to wear clothes. It was a hoax then and this is something similar as far as I can tell.

Anime can be good or bad, just like Hollywood movies. I like anime and would protest any serious effort to ban it. It might get tried, there was an effort to ban comics in the early 50s, and comic magazines were made unlawful which is why they are called comic books now. Regardless of how this turns out, anime will continue in America - if it does get banned, the name will change and nothing else.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Wed Jul 06, 2005  at  11:00 PM
Saying Anime is bad is just like saying all reality shows or comedy shows are bad. Anime is a genre. Its the people that make a single show bad, not the whole genre. Theres nothing wrong with anime....only some anime shows are bad..
Posted by Seth  in  Michigan  on  Thu Jul 28, 2005  at  03:06 PM
Guys, guys, chill... The petition to ban anime was a hoax by an anime fan. Sure, the people who sign it agreeingly are either physcos or just joking too, but do you really think that politicians would give enough of a damn to actually ban anime? It's stupid even to think it. We don't live in a fasicst society... yet... people >.>
Posted by Kallero  on  Tue Aug 02, 2005  at  04:27 AM
I say the person who made it is just a racist prick who doesnt like the japanese. They said nothing about the banning of porn which is a lot more morally degrading than effing pokemon! Besides if I wasnt watching anime I might be off doing worse. As for Ah! My Goddess (im going to a-con as urd by the way...) it is NORMAL for older men to marry younger women. they still do it in a lot of countires! just because WE think its incorrect doesnt mean its not normal for other people! Honestly....-edward-
Posted by edward  in  chicago  on  Sat Aug 06, 2005  at  02:06 PM
hahaha..it's more like a forum thread than a petition and it doesn't seem real.
Posted by nancy  on  Mon Aug 22, 2005  at  07:36 PM
OMG!!!
Ban On Anime...
Thanks for that interesting post. It makes great reading!
Posted by MANGA  in  USA  on  Fri Aug 26, 2005  at  08:18 PM
Your mean I'm only ten years old and I think that is upseting I watch anime, I want to go Japan, and I wacth all kind of anime like AzumangaDaioh, D.N.Angel,Inuyasha,Scryed,pokemon,yugioh,onepiece,zachbell,slayers,vandread,ayane's high kick,fullmetalpanic,fullmetalpanic fomouffo,madlax,dragonball,e's otherwise,and sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much more I can't name em all. P.S. YOU SUCK!!!!!!!: )
Posted by mc10  in  atlanta,ga  on  Sun Sep 04, 2005  at  05:51 PM
Damn u Bush!! U cant get ride of anime!! Anime is not a bad thing!! Sure it comes from japan and some of them show things other ppl might not like but, if u dont like it then dont whatch it!! jeez!!! Leave the ppl who like it alone dont mess with our anime! thats the only good thing on tv!
Posted by Jennifer L  in  California  on  Sun Sep 11, 2005  at  01:57 AM
I would just like to say;
if you choose which anime you watch and manga you read, you won't find any pronography or "Fan Service of any kind. Anime has a rating just like anything else and you can eaasily avoid harmful content. Secondly, i'm an Otaku, i'm not stinky, and have alot of friends, hardly any of them otaku or comic book fans or whatever. I wish people would stop being so narrow minded.
Posted by Chris  in  London  on  Thu Nov 10, 2005  at  04:03 PM
Hentai means pervert.

Otaku means house.

Tentacles are positivly arousing.

Now let's join hands and hum.
Posted by Miss*Mochi  on  Thu Nov 24, 2005  at  08:08 AM
I personally think anime is stupid, incoherent, and highly predictable. I used to watch it as a kid, but now looking back, most of the shows seem to run together, everything from the same generic plot to the same character types (my friend accurately predicted the outcome and character fates of the Yu-Gi-Oh series after watching the first 4 episodes). Oh and don't forget the schoolgirls. So at most, it's dull entertainment, and the people who go around talking about it constantly are more than a bit annoying. But banning anime is obviously an infringement of the constitution and is unpractical in reality. What would happen if we could ban anything we think "evil" or "corrupting." That's why we have the bill of rights in the first place.

A few people here though think that any such peition id pointless and won't change anything. Well, that's about as stupid as some anime or hentai are. What would happen if Martin Luther King in the 60's said, "wow, this is pointless and won't change a thing anyways." Get the point? And to the person comparing the usefulness of this petiton to the ban-ashley-simpson petition, well as far as I know, ashley simpson isn't sigining any record deals lately - or any deals.
Posted by Fei  in  Maryland  on  Tue Nov 29, 2005  at  05:21 PM
Bah you kids and your opinions.
Can't you enjoy anything these days?!
Posted by MadnessGirl  on  Tue Nov 29, 2005  at  06:38 PM
Seriously. People need to get a grip. Manga is where most anime stems from, most anime is based on a manga (not always). There is a seperation between anime and hentai, hentai = pornographic anime. yeah, there is a lot of insinuations and perverted jokes in anime and manga, but in the end it's not serious, it is usually portrayed in a funny way. I mean, i love to draw. I'm a girl, and being my age i like to experiment with different things, sometimes i draw perverted things but it's all part of human nature. Look at the big picture, there is so many things in the world that are worse in this category, than anime and manga. Ignorance sickens me, get a clue.
Deep down, everyone has perverse thoughts anyway, no one can escape their own minds. So in reality, people against this kind of thing for that reason, are all hypocrits.
Posted by greenwings  on  Sat Dec 10, 2005  at  07:11 PM
Does anyone read the thread anymore? This whole thing is a bad joke - one I wouldn't tell. There is no effort to ban anime and if there was President Bush has no authority to implement such a ban. And even if Congress passed such a ban, and President Bush signed it, the courts would overturn it. Some twerp started this to get attention and so far it has worked.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Wed Dec 28, 2005  at  09:23 PM
this better be a hoax!
Posted by david levin  on  Sun Jan 01, 2006  at  02:23 AM
Online Petitions have no legal value, or political power what-so-ever. I had to run around the whole net telling people that this is a hoax. A fairly big one infact. I fell for this one, but I realized it after a day.
Posted by Alias: Sin Shinatou  on  Sun Jan 22, 2006  at  04:15 PM
I LOVE INUYASHA!!! CHANGE THE SHOW TO SAT. NIGHTS. DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT CANCELING THE SHOW YA HEARD.
Posted by MELINA KING  in  NEW YORK  on  Mon Jan 30, 2006  at  08:32 PM
loser
Posted by nice man  in  nevede  on  Tue Feb 21, 2006  at  08:22 PM
I am a Japanese person i was born in americia and now i moved back to japan for this very reason. why does racism exist? what does religion even mean? I know its a " great book" but you know the person who wrote it wasnt great. in fact the person who wrote for all we know could have been crazy. Religion does not exist it is made from one insperation that is not true if you think god created the earth then prove science wrong. cool mad
Posted by Shin Sanada  in  Osaka Japan  on  Wed Feb 22, 2006  at  12:47 AM
seriously...where's my tentacle monsters already?
Posted by Miss*Mochi  on  Wed Feb 22, 2006  at  05:06 AM
i think anime is great i watch MANY different kinds.
To me banning it would be the same as going to hollywood and saying porn,romance,horror,comedy,etc.. movies/shows should be taken off the air
if you watch alot of anime u will see there are all different kinds it only matters waht you like
.if they banned anime then they would also ban all comics (and there movies like superman,spider-man they are "comics " (american MANGA) )
Posted by Nightdemon  in  US  on  Fri Apr 07, 2006  at  12:11 AM
I just would like to state, and this is from the mouth of a 15 year old American child, that A)Anime can, if desired to, have several educational benefits.
B) the petition is the work of some person named Dennis Fuller, which may or may not be a false name.
C)The petition itself is racist, by calling Japan "the dark land of Japan."
D)Anime can be as spiritual as a bible, to as commercial as Dual Masters, or as intimate as D N Angel to as perverse as La Blue Girl(which I believe is considered hentai.) and as to hentai being drawn porn, that is just what it is used to describe in America, just as some Americans call Sepuku Hari-Kari. There is no way they can ban anime from America, it would be just as effective as banning video games, or, as already stated, R-rated movies.

Thank you to all who read this, and I would love any responses you can give me to this entry, so I know how to improve for possible later posts. Thank you for your time,
Darrell, Shoujo Otaku Forever.
Posted by Darrell  in  California  on  Fri Apr 07, 2006  at  10:27 PM
OHZ NOEZ! ANIME'S ARE BEING CORRUPTING THE MINDZEZ OF OUR CHILDRENS! IT IS SO TURRIBOL! I WOULD RATHER MY CHILDREN WATCH THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW AND VICTORIA SECRET COMMERICIALS THAT ARE SOOOOO WONDERFUL THAN TO WATCH THIS "ANIMATED FILTH!"......
my god, I do sooo love to joke around. But in all seriousness, what's wrong with the anime huh?
Posted by Ai Kanzaki  in  Try that old scary place down the street.... yah,  on  Tue Apr 18, 2006  at  08:43 PM
Ok why ban on anime, Its true the anime pokemon,yugioh and mew mew power is stupid. Watch some good anime like bleach and naruto. Even if you guys do ban anime we could always dowload fansubs. I am a 13 year old and I respect my own opinions. I find that dub anime they did it poorly and replace the theme songs. But you can't stop me from downloading fansubs which is 100x better
Posted by Tony  in  Elk grove  on  Sat Apr 22, 2006  at  04:10 PM
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