I post crazy shit from Japan all the time on Topless Robot; Japan is an exceedingly wacky, and often very disturbing. A not insignificant portion of TR readers have left a comment on these stories about “we should drop another nuke on ’em HAR HAR.” Now, at least as many TR readers have commented that those comments are insensitive and in exceedingly poor taste. Now, whether you approve of such comments or not — personally, I’m not a fan, but I also don’t think they’re ever meant in any seriousness — I think we all can agree that you should probably not make this comment IF YOU’RE A UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE.
Yes, the Democratic representative for New Hampshire, Nick Levasseur, decided he wanted to indulge in gross stupidity and left the comment that “anime is a prime example that 2 nukes just wasn’t enough” on his Facebook page. Ignoring the silliness that is the dismissal of all anime — which is incredibly stupid, but the kind of stupid many people indulge in — and assuming that Representative Levasseur would not drop another nuclear bomb on Japan if given the opportunity, the biggest problem that I see is that New Hampshire has elected a politician stupid enough to say “anime is a prime example that 2 nukes just wasn’t enough” on his fucking Facebook page. Did he think it would be met with resounding cheers? Did he think that anime was a hot button issue that middle-class America desperately wanted violent retaliation for? Did he honestly think he could make a jest about dropping a bomb on another nation and not sound like a horrible imbecile? Bleh. (Via I Heart Chaos)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.