No this isn’t about Gundam if that’s what you are thinking even though I’m going to be using some examples from it, it’s actually just a general philosophical question complete with what is sure to be another unwanted lecturing about what is going on with the internets these days. Gotta pass the time somehow right? You’ve seen the topic, this is your chance to turn back now if you don’t want to hear what I have to say?
So yes, the RAEG HAET and whatnot. Gundamn!@MAHQ had pointed this trend out to me a little while back in one of their podcasts (I think the topic was Hyper Critical Mass or something like that) and how they thought the whole idea that anime studios were trolling individual fans was retarded among other things that people like to RAEG over. Back then I was all like, “Ohhhh…okay well gee whiz you know it is kind of getting silly but whatever”, sort of wishy-washy like that in my response to it, but now I think I understand better just what they were referring too and why they brought up the subject of the J.J Abrams Enterprise and Nerd-Rage. Simply put people on the internet, now more than ever before like to bitch about everything under the sun. Lol….and just when I thought I’d left the screamo (music that is) at work it’s essence follows me to my recreation activities.
OLD! some people might be tempted to scream at me. Why is that I’ve just taken notice now? Okay, well it’s partially because I’ve ended up reading more of these RAEG HAET type posts this past week, the kind that feature people going “FFFFFFF” “FFFFFFFFFFFFF!!!!!” “FFFFFF!!!!11111”, then any other type of post combined. Talk about your saturation. Now sure it’s one thing to get upset with shows once in a while (hell I did it with Tytania just last week myself), but it’s another to join a trend towards RAEGING and HAETING about everything that one doesn’t like. I mean I thought we all hated people like Jack Thompson and Jerry Fallwell after all. So I’m wondering then…..when did people suddenly decide that the best way to manner in which to spend their time discussing their day to day activities (be it watching anime, playing games or chatting with somebody on IRC or whatever) was to bitch about it all as much as humanly possible like a bunch of whiny 8 year olds? And better yet when did it become cool to whine and throw ADD inspired temper tantrums, even if it’s just pretend for the most part as it obviously is?
It’s kind of sad really as it is funny in the fact that it’s just such a dominant trend at the moment. I mean as long as I can remember people who got worked up about things and who whined all the time were laughed at and ridiculed by the crowd who knew better. The crowd who knew that not letting a little thing like some show or game failing to be exactly as one wanted it to be appear bother them was the proper way to show some maturity. Manning up to life’s disappointments and carving out a slice of whatever you get for yourself, that’s what growing up has always been about as long as I could remember……until now that is.
Now I admit flat out and right here that I’m not exactly the most mature person for my age of 24, but I know that I have enough sense not to freak out about something I have no control over anymore. I know this because if I did then it would eventually consume me like it seems to have so many other people. And when I look at some of these people…..these RAEGer’s ages (if they make them available, which they probably shouldn’t be since to be honest it is just really unfortunate when I see how far on in their lives some of these folks are supposed to be) I see a lot of people that are older then me. 26, 28, heaven forbid some are even in their mid to late 30’s and they’re acting like they are a quarter their actual age. As I said it’s really just kind of sad to me at this point.
How sad is it? How pitiful do I find the RAEGER’s? Do you really want to know? Well….okay then. Let’s take for example then the raging about anime characters we don’t like, say ummmm…Saji Crossroad (see I told people Gundam examples were forthcoming), which seems to be a hella popular character to get worked up about. You want to know what RAEGing and whining about Saji Crossroad whining (hmmmm…..) and brooding in early Gundam 00 Second Season episodes instead of being the character they wanted him to be (however unreasonable that was I won’t get into now) makes one come across like?
Tough shit huh? Maybe you should…..what’s the meme….qq and RAEG more about it?
If You Guessed Saji Crossroad You Are Correct! Give Yourself A Pat On The Back. This Is Actually The Face I Now See Every Time I Come Across Some RAEG HAETER Doing There Thing On The Internets.
Actually to understand how sad RAEG HATING is to me I might have to ask one to consider that it makes one worse then a whiny Saji. Why? Well simple because unlike Saji, the average RAEG HAETER hasn’t suffered several major losses in their life, no, rather they’re just bitching about how some show didn’t go exactly the way the wanted it too, just like Saji is bitching because he “didn’t think this would happen”. Tough break their guys, I really feel for you.
Anyway….you see that arm? In a later scene that is quite similar to this one that arm will belong to manly man and new age gar icon Sergei Smirnov who will be giving Saji a cool swipe across the face for not manning up and learning to live with the life that fate dealt him, even if shit sucks. In a way the purpose of this post is sort of like me trying to be Sergei. Giving internet RAEG HATERS the equivalent of a cool slap across the face while attempting to get the point across that whining and raging about the cards one has been dealt in our….god forbid this is so silly I’m laughing right now, Anime watching and game playing lives (very srss bssns I know) makes one look like an emo Saji. Though unlike Saji who eventually learned to live and let live and do and take things as they come, I can’t really say I expect a turn around in RAEG HATERS attitudes any time within the next decade. See…it’s sad isn’t it?
Anyway back to the point, we all hate emos right? I know I do. And we all idolize manly man Sergei don’t we? The mature soldier type who kept his cool in the face of the very bad things that were going on around him, who stuck to his guns and chose to live with the fact that life isn’t always a bundle of joy and you’ve just got to do your best to make do with what you have and to do your job. Sergei had to make a decision that got his own wife killed and he learned to live with it, but RAEGers seem to be telling me that if something insignificant….something like say Alto x Sheryl doesn’t come to pass then mass freakout burn down Satelight Studios time? Well whatever, I’ll chose to take the Sergei approach any day of the week.
Sure Sergei’s thanks for being a mans man was to get cut down by his own emo son who had a lot of pent up rage over the bad stuff that happened to him in the past. The death of his mother that he allowed to consume him and……wait a second, if I may ask that I’m be allowed a non sequitir. We all hate Andrei for being an emo whiner who committed patricide right? We balked at the idea that he would get rewarded for this as well didn’t we? Almost everybody HATES Andrei Smirnov and what he stands for, I think it’s safe to say this, so when people allow RAEG about the past and how things couldn’t work out the way they wanted as a result of something somebody (a writer, director, designer whatever) did to take away something they enjoy (say a favourite character in an anime or a preferred coupling) to consume them…..making them fail to see the bigger picture….that makes them seem a lot like…
Wow, talk about people becoming what they despise in order to express their hatred out of it. If I believed it was intentional I would say it was actually pretty deep, but rather I think the RAEGer’s have failed to realize something here. And that is that what they are about is actually akin to the epitomy of emo and it’s principles. Don’t believe me? Take a look
Alright anyway, enough laughing at angry people for now, let’s get to the point. Whining and RAEG HAETING and going “FFFFFFFFFFF!” at stuff doesn’t make you any cooler then an emo kids or loathed characters like Saji Crossroad, Shinji Ikari, Ranka Lee, Kazuki Tachibana and/or Andrei Smirnov from Gundam 00….in fact it makes you exactly like them. Actually I’d almost say it makes you doubly emo. Consider this:
– If RAEGER’s let themselves get bothered by insignificant things then they are subscribing to the principles of emo culture
– If RAEGER’s appear to especially hate characters that they think are emo then really they hate themselves since they too act like emo’s in RAEGing about emo’s. (I just broke my own brain there)
– Hating oneself is a principle of emo
– Therefore RAEGER’s are actually twice as emo as an actual emo. Or maybe they’re just trapped in the proverbial emo closet, who knows.
Man, I said I was going to stop making fun didn’t I? That was like less than a paragraph….. Look sorry but as long as this RAEG HAET keeps up I’m afraid that I’m not going to be able to do anything but sit back and laugh at all of these people getting (or pretending to get) so worked up over nothing. Cause that’s how I prefer to deal with disappointment and uncomfortable developments in life. To laugh it off and eventually move on as I will be doing right now….for real this time
So I’ve said my peace and probably offended a lot of people in the process (it’s been a while since I’ve done a post like this hasn’t it?), but then that really changes little as RAEG HATERS will do there thing regardless of whether some smart ass blogger such as myself decides to open his mouth or not. That is that I suppose. I expect nothing to change, just for people to hopefully listen to what I have to say as always. In the meantime unlike the RAEG HAETERS I’m going to go find something better to do with my time. Daily Show here I come….