all too close for comfort
I was ranting about this earlier this summer on twit but the ironic/satirical/”outsider”“” use of anime has always been extremely bothersome to me bc a) it’s lazy and b) it makes the same tired suggestion that anime is empty and plebian. It’s a hurtful conclusion to draw for someone who otherwise uses the style to express feelings and stories because it’s an aesthetic that I can empathize best with. And I know it’s presumptuous and defensive to feel like like “wow this cartoonist/pop artist drew in anime style, it’s gotta be ironic” but a lot of the times I see the style framed to be specifically uncanny so it doesn’t feel like it was ever meant to empathize with it in the first place and it’s just some empty vessel for the artist’s aesthetic enlightenedness. idk you can do whatever you want but it’s lame as hell when I don’t ever draw in public bc I don’t want people to see my fan art (that I feel quite vulnerable about already) and stop taking me seriously while a contemporary artist can steal uncredited hentai and print them on a McD’s fries box and people will take it totally seriously.