An American guy’s tweet about a red cross blood donation poster caused a big dispute in Japan (on twitter)
An American famous news show said Japan is home of 93% of the world’s weird stuff. Sometimes Western media report about Japan’s news. They pick up a weird topic and exaggerate it and report it with the one-sided view
The other day, an American guy tweeted about a red cross blood donation poster which was collaborating with the manga series “Uzaki-chan wants to hang out.” That tweet caused a big dispute on Twitter in Japan.
Yes, Americans really like to cause disputes in other countries…
I know why when American guys see Uzaki-chan’s big boobs, they think it’s over-sexualized. Because a US famous porno site reported The most searched for terms of 2018.
No3 is milf. No2 is Hentai No1 is lesbian
Anyway, MILF. mother I’d like to fuck. And In other countries, Hentai means basically Anime Porno.
They also reported the most viewed categories of 2018.
No3 is milf. No2 is Japanese No1 is lesbian
So Probably They watch too much Japanese Hentai Anime,So when they see, an Anime girl who has big boobs, They think she is over-sexualized. But For us, Uzaki-chan is just a character such as Pikachu, Mario, or Hello Kitty.
In a sense, We grew up in a sexually developed country. So for us, this poster is not special. We recognized this as a character. Especially for Japanese boys….
Anyway, personally I’m not interested in this kind of Anime. I know foreign people see this poster and think wow this is over-sexualized. For us, it is similar to seeing a Micky mouse poster and claiming
Wow, this character’s face looks like a giant dick! This is over-sexualized.
Some people said This Kind of Anime character contributes to objectifying women and infringes on women’s rights.
I think the problem is they imagined that Uzakichan exists like a real human. They recognize Uzakichan as a real woman.
I also can say they are infringing on the anime character’s rights.
Western people always think their values are correct, and set them as the standard of the world. Before giving us advice, they should look at their own country first. (They always give us advice, yet are so hypocritical.) (“Thank you so much for the advice.”)
An American man told us that using this kind of sexualized character is behind the times and that the rest of the world is more forward-thinking in regards to women’s rights, and the #metoo movement.
So, I checked out America’s Red Cross campaign.
The main reason this tweet caused such controversy is that a female lawyer, known for not liking the sexualization of females that often occurs in anime, posted the following tweet.
As for why they choose this illustration specifically, I think everyone is just completely desensitized to it. Why did they use this picture on the poster? Everyone may be immune to it, but it is like creating an environment where sexual harassment is common, in a public space.
In response, many otakus responded with the argument that having big boobs isn’t a kind of sexual harassment, and demanded that she apologize. It’s also discrimination to imply that, if the girl on the poster were flat-chested, it wouldn’t be sexual.
Everyone on twitter is chiming in with their own views on big/small boobs and how it related to sexual harassment.
Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, citizens are fighting for free speech.
Japan is showing the world the real meaning of freedom of speech.
Also, the text on the poster is rather problematic.
It says “Sempai! …Will this be your first time? Are you scared of injections?”
Some people think this is against the law, as it is coercing people into giving blood.
However, this is nothing like forcing people to give blood. This is just…temptation. If this counts as forcing people to give blood, all English language schools are guilty of coercion as well. They always try to shame people into joining, with advertisements that say
“Hey, you! Can you speak English? Are you serious? Everyone needs to be able to speak English if they wish to participate in our global society.”
…Then, they learn English from foreign otaku who couldn’t compete in the global society.
I think I know the real psychological reason they chose to use this image.
In Japan, we have an aging society, with a lack of blood donations, and we need younger people to donate.
However, in Japan, we have strict rules regarding blood donation.
If you want to donate blood, you cannot have had a new sexual partner within the last six months. This makes otakus the perfect target audience.
In the past few years, they started collaborating with anime to advertise. The number of blood donations has increased.
Otakus are like the saints of the Red Cross blood drive.
But if they hang the posters too close to the donation booths, there might be no blood left in any other areas of their body for them to draw. In Japan, many people have different viewpoints, and our freedom of speech allows that.
I think that if using anime characters like this increases the amount of blood donated and saves more lives, it’s okay. However, if they use this kind of advertisement in public places, it might overwhelm Twitter again, so I think they should use two different kinds of advertisements – anime characters is places like internet cafes and Akihabara, and normal posters for public places. If we’re careful, like America, there will be no controversy.
The fact Japan has so much freedom of speech and many different viewpoints is a great thing. I hope next time people are arguing over something important, the argument makes it off Twitter.
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