Sunday, March 28, 2010

Quote of the Day


"Anime is a prime example of why two nukes just wasn't enough."

-- New Hampshire State Rep. Nick Levasseur on Facebook

Levasseur has already begun the process of groveling for forgiveness, saying, "I would like to deeply apologize for the insensitivity of this post. It was a poorly thought out comment, posted in jest on my private Facebook page." Meanwhile the sonic blast of outrage and righteous indignation was almost instantaneous; just check out some of the comments over at HuffPo calling for this poor doof's head.

Of course it was a really dumb thing to say, given that the guy's a state representative and all. But you know something -- it was also damn funny.

Christ, lighten up, people. It's not hate speech. It's a freaking joke.

23 comments:

Alanna said...

I'm crying from laughing over here. That has to be one of the funniest things I have ever heard (read).

Anonymous said...

Can't anyone take fucking joke anymore? It is funny.

I think that I'm going to have to stop reading the fucking news. It pisses me off that I have read about all of these fuck ups. I just wish that he had enough balls to say that it was a joke and for people to get over it.

Honestly, I think that I'm better off being ignorant. I'm getting close to the point of getting rid of anything political in my news feed. If it's not a douche bag on left, it's a dumbass on the right.

AAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alanna said...

Brooklyn Art Handlers love this shit. Certain sections of Brooklyn, namely DUMBO + Williamsburg could use a "Nuke-Lite" (half the shadows, same great taste).

ETA: Calling for his resignation? Are they fucking kidding me? Get over it.

MJG said...

I'm more concerned that he used the terms 'Private' and 'Facebook' in the same sentence.

kanye said...

This would make a great t-shirt for ComicCon.

Jeremy Feist said...

On one hand, I find that kinda offensive. On the other, I do believe I just laughed my ass off. Interpret that as you will.

Tim said...

I don't get it, what's wrong with anime?

MPP said...

ugh. i fucking HATE anime. he's right.

mpp

Starshadow said...

Oh, my goodness! If it was a joke, he should have said so right off the bat after making that statement - and now I need to go see if the resulting commentary/ranting has made it into Fandom_Wank on JournalFen.

Because any controversy worth its salt always gets on that blog, for the snark value!

Anonymous said...

It may be funny for a lot of people, but you shouldn't be surprised that many people are also offended. Hiroshima and Nagasaki are to Japan what 9/11 was to America, even after all these decades. It's especially offensive coming from a member of the government that sent the nukes.

Chez said...

Oh believe me, I'm never surprised when anyone gets offended at anything; I'd be more surprised if people were just shrugging the comment off for the tasteless but innocuous crack that it was meant to be.

By the way, while the 9/11 comparison makes sense I suppose -- although Hiroshima and Nagasaki were infinitely worse tragedies strictly mathematically -- in 45 years you'll be able to get away with making a joke about it. He was doing what a lot of people via social networking these days. (Dear God, think of all the crass things I've said during moments that feel like I'm just talking with friends when in reality it's completely public.) Once again, was it dumb coming from a state senator -- yes. But to call it racist hate speech -- which quite a few people are -- and demand that he do the honorable thing and perform seppuku or something before the entire Japanese people is ridiculous.

See what I did there, by the way?

FabMax said...

I agree that it wasn't a racist joke, but it wasn't a particularly funny one, either. Jokes like this must be delivered verbally, in an off-beat manner, to be funny.

Or maybe it's because I happen to like Anime.

Anon said...

Oh, come on. It's not like people who watch Anime get obsessed about it.

*Hides Fullmetal Alchemist-brand pocketwatch*

French Anonymous said...

Those bombs were not on the scale of 9/11, they were on the scale of the Holocaust - hundreds of thousands is closer to millions than to thousands.

I'd like to know how all of you laughers would react if a German politician dared say, in regards to Israeli movies, that "I don't know how many death camps weren't enough".

One sure thing is that he would be demoted, stat. European people do not laugh about the Holocaust - even less German people.

How come American people can laugh about Hiroshima and Nagasaki ? Could it be that countries that have won wars feel less tormented about their horrors than countries that have lost ?

Let's probe that hypothesis... if a fellow countryman said, in leaving a Vietnamese restaurant, that "we shoulda used more napalm back then" - would you find it funny, Alanna ?

Anonymous said...

Hiroshima and Nagasaki are completely different than 9-11 and anyone attempting to imply that those events are similar is an idiot. Whether or not you agree with the US bombing the two cities, it pails in comparison to the fire bombings that were taking place all over Europe. The atomic bomb droppings were done with the sole goal of bringing the Japanese government to it's knees and ending the war vice a long, brutal invasion. Image Iwo Jima times a million. The only difference between Hiroshima and Dresden were the number of planes involved.

Compare that to an act by a sect of Muslims, who are repressed in their own damn countries...by which the very act is not to stop a conflict, but to signal that it will go on indefinite and as bloody as possible...

They are similar at all.

Steven said...

These people remind me of the little narc kids on the playground that go running to the teacher every time someone says a bad word.

Jeremy said...

Clearly, obviously a joke.

Still, if I were Japanese or Japanese American, and especially if I'd lost relatives at Nagasaki or Hiroshima, I'd probably be pretty livid over his douchey statement.

Or I'd have just said that maple syrup was proof that ummmm... yeah, I got nothing...

Sheriff Bart said...

Sounds like something a six-year-old with downs syndrome would say.

Le Penseur said...

Anime is the reason two nukes weren't enough; blurred-out genitals (I guess pubic hair is the only thing that grosses out the Japanese) in hard-core deviant porn flicks is the reason two nukes weren't enough.

J. Dack said...

I think the only honest and fair response to this joke, is to laugh, and then feel bad about it.

Like I just did.

Because it was funny. I can prove it was funny, because it made me laugh.

And then I felt bad for laughing.

We're only human, after all.

Stephen said...

When Don Rickles dies, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog will be the only one left. Last time I saw Rickles he was still doing a bit about Japanese soldiers in WWII...with audience participation no less!!!!

Sigh. This was a funny joke...it's too bad. His next post should've been, "Too soon????"

Anonymous said...

Anime, like a lot of things is only really terrible because of the awful fanbase it inspires. Well some of it is pretty terrible actually.. Kind of like how twilight would just be lame books and movies and a lot easier to ignore if it wasn't for the legions of rabid fans. I guess the tenuous connection I'm trying to make here is that we should nuke Utah.

French Anonymous said...

"The atomic bomb droppings were done with the sole goal of bringing the Japanese government to it's knees and ending the war vice a long, brutal invasion."

Yeah, right. It's like the weapons of mass destruction : an official myth, to have the support of one's population. Historians have proven that Japan was days away from surrendering - they had no more soldiers or weapons, and their emperor was determined to avoid the massacre of his people.

The reason those 2 bombs were dropped was to inform the world and Stalin that atomic bombs existed, and to make a nice demo of their effects. Killing hundreds of thousands of civilians to demonstrate a new weapon counts as a crime against humanity in my eyes.

So do the bombing of German cities. And British don't show much remorse about that either, maybe because they won the damn war - which is the point I'm trying to make.

Another example : French have a really bad conscience about what was done to people in Algeria - and they lost the war there too.