Everything seems to indicate that the culture of cancellation makes its appearance in all shapes and sizes, and the train of controversies has not stopped having its machinery active. An American politician named Reggie Stoltzdus threatened Kent State University, stating that it will cut millions in funding if they refuse to ban an anime book.
However, for some reason this news has not been shared by the mainstream media in the United States, probably because all the headlines are focused on this year's presidential elections. On the other hand, the book in question is Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation (Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation), originally published by Susan J. Napier.
The controversy was explained by The American Library Association: "The controversy began when a 17-year-old high school student enrolled in a course at Kent State University, entitled" College Writing 1: Social Problems Through Anime. " The main textbook for "Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation," by Susan J. Napier, which includes a chapter titled "Controlling Bodies: The Body in Pornographic Anime." The student wrote to the teacher that the book made him uncomfortable and was against "his morals" and asked for an alternative literary assignment. Thus, the teacher explained that there were no alternatives to the main textbook of the course and when the student refused to read, he was failed in the activity ".
The above is summed up in that, after a 17-year-old enrolled in an anime course and felt that the textbook was more than he bargained for, the drama began. Naturally he enrolled in the course so his refusal to participate in it led his teacher to fail it, so things make sense.
But the statement continued: “The student's parents contacted State Representative Stoltzfus, who expressed outrage at the book:“ It is sexually explicit with unimaginable sexual acts, images and descriptions. Only someone with a twisted mind would dare to write it, "he commented. “The content that they sent me was atrocious. It has sexual violence, things that you cannot imagine in a text that no mind should read, especially a minor.
“I brought to the university that the material is unacceptable and apparently they think it is acceptable, so if it is acceptable, then all of my colleagues in the general assembly will receive a copy of this book courtesy of me. We will review this book and decide if this university is worthy of giving it 150 million taxpayer dollars each year, "concluded the politician.
Finally, the university simply limited itself to responding by stating that it defends the basic principles of academic freedom and free expression. "Teachers have academic freedom to communicate ideas to discuss and learn to meet the objectives of the course," he said.
Source: Anime Motivation
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