If you thought that anime was safe after weebs and otaku united to push back against the corrupt United Nations, think again. An Australian Senator is now targeting anime and manga, asking for a complete review of products made available within the country, as well as new legislation to ban any material that contains what he deems “child abuse material”.
Sankaku Complex picked up the news from Australian outfit The Canberra Times, who reported on February 26th, 2020 that Centre Alliance’s Stirling Griff, a Senator presiding in southern Australia, motioned to ramp up the Australian Classification Board to further ban offending material that contained what he called “child abuse material”.
The article quotes Senator Griff, who stated…
“There is, unfortunately, a dark side and a disgusting side to anime and manga, with a significant proportion of the two media featuring child abuse material. They contain depictions of wide-eyed children, usually in school uniforms, engaged in explicit sexual activities and poses, and often being sexually abused.”
This comes at the fortuitous time in which the Australian Classification Board just recently asked the general public for feedback regarding their policies for rating material and taking into account the digital age of media content.
Many saw it as an excuse by the Classification Board to gather feedback in order to use it as a way to create a manifest on what material needs to be banned. Others saw it as an opportunity to offer feedback on lessening the restrictions on regulation and allowing more material into the country, especially fan-service oriented video games and anime, which have been the target of heavy censorship or bans within the region.
The Canberra Times attempted to justify Griff’s reasoning by saying that manga and anime are used by pedophiles for grooming, writing…
“In Australia, the production, possession and distribution of abuse material depicting a representation of a person who appears to be under 18 is illegal.
“Experts have warned explicit anime and manga can be used by paedophiles as tools to groom children and act as a gateway to the abuse of real children.”
Studies on this particular topic have been sparse, but a couple of studies that have been made available to the public regarding the subject matter have actually shown the opposite effect: that those who consume loli-themed material are less likely to make physical contact with minors.
Regardless of what the data says, Senator Giff will continue to move forward with the attempts to ban such material, citing the incest-themed comedy Eromanga Sensei as the impetus for his crusade.
His main issue was that some of the anime that have made it into Australia have received ‘M15’ ratings from the Classification Board, when – in his opinion – the media should have been banned.
The article explains Griff’s position and how he feels about anime featuring lolis…
“’The classification board appears to be making decisions in isolation to criminal law. This must stop,’ he said.
“He said the worst series was Eromanga Sensei, which is about a 12-year-old girl who draws pornographic manga while her 15-year-old brother writes the stories.
“’The series also heavily features incest themes and many scenes are so disturbing I just won’t, I just can’t, describe them,’ Senator Griff said.”
You can read Griff’s full statement on the matter over on his official website.
The show contains some ecchi elements, meaning that there’s no overt sex or explicit material on display. According to by Spotlight Report, the show does touch on taboo topic matter but doesn’t delve too far into what most people would consider to be obscene.
However, Giff doesn’t care and is a man on a mission to get loli-themed anime and manga banned.
(Thanks for the news tip P69 (All Lolis Are Queens))