Ohayo, anime fans of all shapes and sizes
Once more the anime community has been ridiculed for doing nothing at all. During my stroll through the ANN forums, I noticed a thread discussing a new duragotory label. Apparently somebody who buys anime on DVD is considered a ‘buyfag’. I’ve been called several names for buying anime DVDs: Pokemon-lover, cartoon-porno pervert, man-child and weeaboo. I’ve even been straight up called a fag. But a ‘buyfag’?
First off, the term itself is offensive and intolerant. It contains the word fag, shortend for faggot, which is a pejoritive (that means a slur) for homosexuals. Why in this day and age are we still dishing out homophobia like it’s candy? Are we stuck in the 1950’s? It’s very immature that we are still using this word. If you must make fun of sexual identity, at least use the proper terminology instead of slang, ie homosexuality or even gay is acceptable. It’ll make your ignorant argument a smidge more intelligent.
Also, when did buying anime DVDs become frowned upon? Is it lame to support the industry? Is it lame to further the future of anime in America? Maybe some of you poor anime thieves who never spend a penny on anime see those of us who buy our anime as elitist millionaires. They have this idea that we sit atop our spacious condos watching our Blu-Rays of Full Metal Alchemist on our 60-inch HDTV. Perhaps they see of us as rich fat-cats who talk ill of the poor who can’t afford season boxed sets. Whatever the vision, it is clear that they are jealous of what we have, be it income or DVDs.
But I will not spit on you pirates of anime this time. Nay, I want to reach out and assure you that we are NOT rich snobs about buying anime. I’m living proof of that. I’m living in a cramped dorm room typing this blog on an e-Machine my parent’s bought me used from Micro-Center. My food supply consists of twelve cups of ramen and that has to last me for three weeks. And I barely have any room at all for my anime DVDs which are currently occupying 60% of my living quarters.
I know to some people I appear elitist and smug about my anime fandom and I apologize for that. My Asperger’s Syndrome sometimes makes it hard to read the thoughts and feelings of others. Sure, today I’ve could’ve gone on a long rant about how those of you don’t buy anime are morally ignorant and would probably call you ‘poorfags’. But today I’m taking the high road and trying to see the point-of-view from the opposition. Those who cannot afford anime or were misinformed on the illegality of downloading should not be mocked. They should be pitied for their frustration. After all, we both want the same thing here: anime.
So to those who struggle like I do just to watch anime legally, I offer you my advice: stay true, stay legal, stay the course. I realize anime is too expensive, I really do. But that is exactly why we have to keep buying it. If we don’t, the price will never go down and there won’t be any anime left. And as for you slanderous individuals who mark us just for laughs, well, to hell with you. We are not ‘buyfags’. To quote Blood- from ANN, we are ‘buystuds’.
-Keep on Rockin’ That Dragon