Gil Asakawa's Nikkei View | NH State Rep. hates on anime, says it’s a “prime example of why two nukes just wasn’t enough”
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NH State Rep. hates on anime, says it’s a “prime example of why two nukes just wasn’t enough”

Nick Levasseur, enemy of anime.

Holy cow, what was this guy thinking? New Hampshire State Rep. Nick Levasseur posted on his Facebook wall earlier this week that “Anime is a prime example of why two nukes just wasn’t enough…..”

Huh? That rates a WTF?! from any perspective.

Otaku Review, an anime fan blog first picked up the quote, then Levasseur confirmed he posted it on his personal Facebook account, and apologized for it. At least it was a real apology, not one of those “I’m sorry you were offended” non-apologies. Levasseur admits it was a stupid comment, in a response to a question from Otaku review’s L.B. Bryant:

I would like to deeply apologize for the insensitivity of this post. It was a poorly thought out comment, posted jest on my private facebook page. It was never intended to be viewed by anyone other than friends. This, of course, does not excuse the comment. This type of statement has no place in public or private discourse. It does not represent any true opinion, political or personal. My record in the New Hampshire House shows a commitment to equality and social justice. It is a record of which I am most proud. This comment is a disappointment not only to the people of New Hampshire, whom it has been my privilege to serve, but also to my own beliefs and moral code.

Huffington Post picked up on the gaff via a TV station, and other blogs and news media are spreading the comment and subsequent apology around. Good. But the apology begs some creepy questions that remain unanswered:

Why did he say it? What was he thinking?

Can anyone really hate anime that much?

Does he think so little of Japan, and Japanese people, that he could make a flip remark in response to anything that two atomic bombs dropped on Japan at the end of World War II weren’t enough?

When people blurt stuff like this, I always think these thoughts and emotions are seething just below the surface of civilized, politically correct people, and it just takes a little nudge to bring it up like bile from a bad case of acid reflux.

Unfortunately Levasseur proves that Democrats can hate just like the other guys, and he’s become a poster boy for Republicans pointing to Dems as insensitive jerks.


Here’s a TV report on the brouhaha: