Readers might recall my Anime Diet article on FUNImation censoring Dance in the Vampire Bund. Because censorship was being likened by fans to all sorts of atrocities, the column concluded by suggesting that if Niemoller lived as an otaku today, he would have made a poem about the slippery slope of censorship rather than the crimes of the Nazis.
Perhaps if Martin Niemöller were an anime otaku, he might write thus:
First they came for the lolis, and I said nothing, because I was not a lolicon;
Then they came for the panty shots, and I did not speak out—I was not a pantsu fetishist;
Then they came for the political references, and I did not speak out—their politics did not interest me anyhow;
Then they came for originality—and there was no reason left to watch.
Fuck this, I’m going to bed. FOR TOMORROW, WE PICK KITCHEN TILES.
@8C I WAS SHOUTING WITH LATE NIGHT DESPAIR. I’d read the post. He makes some good points, but prob fails to recognise weight of poem.
@8C the more people bastardise stuff like that, the less impact it has. They’ll be using it to sell fucking Mountain Dew next week.
After some consideration, he relented:
Presumably his coworker Robin Sevakis also thought it good to make the point, in graphical form. The April 6 ANN comic seems to have taken the same tack: