The Arizona Republican Party Targets “Anime Avatars” on Twitter, But They Weren’t Ready For the Backlash from Fans

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This isn’t the first time anime has been thrown into American politics.

Earlier this year an American politician tried shutting off a Universities funding for daring to teach anime (one example).

Today, The Arizona Republican Party decided to make a new Twitter policy.

A policy for BLOCKING accounts that fit a profile.


Original Tweet

“We, at the Republican Party of Arizona, have a new policy of blocking Twitter users whose accounts were created in or after November 2020, use Anime avatars, have fewer than 25 followers, and spam reply our tweets. We aren’t big fans of bots. Thank you for following, though!”

For some reason, anyone with an anime avatar is heavily stereotyped into a bucket of accounts who do X, Y or Z.

Usually associated with spam, a certain attitude, belief, or whatever the criticism from people in the US associated with politics.


Anime fans strike back

Sarcasm, Hentai, and all kinds of Tweets started flooding in after the first Tweet went live.

As pointed out

“Twitter users argued that singling out anime avatars was akin to “discrimination” and wondered what was the GOP policy on the avatars from The Simpsons show.

After realizing that they had “triggered some folks,” the Arizona GOP quickly clarified that a Twitter account had to “meet ALL of the criteria listed below to be blocked.”

At the same time, they suggested that the small number of friends and the love for anime “might have something in common.”


The Arizona Republican Party Responds, so do anime fans


Anime stereotypes never die

I’ve seen it for myself.

I’ve been on YouTube, watching videos that have NOTHING to do with anime (Hip Hop, etc), and someone in the comments insults another person. And claims they must “like anime and be a loser”.

Paraphrasing, obviously.

It’s as if anime lives rent free in so many people’s minds, and they use it as a means to “insult” people when the conversation is unrelated.

One example being in 2016.

“A political strategist Rick Wilson, who co-founded the anti-Trump group the Lincoln Project, claimed on MSNBC that most alt-right Trump supporters were “childless single men who masturbate to anime.”


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What do you think?




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