I was busy laughing my head off watching a rerun of the famous Leeroy Jenkins World of Warcraft clip when I stumbled on a video clip of a guy dressed up as a Paladin, attending what appears to be some sort of convention . This “guy” was obviously doing a cosplay of Leeroy Jenkins, evidenced by the stereo he carried that continually repeated the famous war cry, “LEEEEEEERROYYYYYY JEENNKIINNNSSS!” As I watched this fellow run around all happy and gay, I thought to myself, “what a loser!” But suddenly my conscience buffeted me because when I started to think about it, I realized that I had no justifiable reason to think the guy was a loser. So why did I immediately feel repulsed at watching a prancing cosplayer?
Being the staunch logician I am, I pondered the matter thoroughly and came to the conclusion that a loser is anyone who doesn’t conform to socially prescribed roles of success that are often arbitrary and subjectively construed. What’s the difference between a cosplayer and a football fan who dresses up like his fav player? What’s the difference between an obsession with art versus an obsession with video games? I defy anyone who tells me that there is more depth in a Jackson Pollock painting than a final fantasy RPG. So why do we shower praise on Art critiques and look down on people who can name all the characters of an Anime? The answer is that we continually conform to what society establishes as acceptable or unacceptable. Now, I’m not saying that certain socially prescribed rules aren’t founded on conventional wisdom, good sense, or reason, but many of the socially acceptable norms that we promote and follow are often just as silly as the ones we degrade and shun. So with that said , what exactly constitutes a loser?
What society says
According to most civilized societies, a loser is an individual who doesn’t do anything “meaningful” with their life. I know this really begs the question what exactly makes a life meaningful and all, but luckily society has already determined this. According to most societies the following is considered doing something meaningful with your life: 1. Having a good job 2. Being sociable and going to many social events 3. Having lots of money 4. Doing anything highly praised 5. Doing something considered prestigious 6. Having sex with beautiful women 7. Getting good grades 8. Just being acceptable by society’s standards. So when it really comes down to it, as long as you conform you’re not a loser. If you don’t conform then you are a loser. But this is where it gets tricky, what if someone has a good job, does something prestigious, got good grades, but isn’t sociable, doesn’t go to social events (popular ones anyway), and doesn’t have sex with beautiful women, or any women for that matter. Is this particular person a loser? I mean they are socially acceptable for the most part. So why does society still look down on them?
What I figure..
I think society is very hypocritical. They say one thing but really practice the other. Otaku’s should be praised by society. They are harmless for the most part and any of their anti-social behavior is induced by society’s prejudice. I’m sure most Anime fans will grow up to do positive things with their lives, even if its not becoming someone’s corporate office rat or high powered attorney. And Otakus don’t mean to be reclusive. I bet if society looked at Otakus the way they look at people who can memorize sonnets and the names of famous composers, Otakus would be a lot more social. What’s wrong with being fantastical, childish, immature, and youthful? And who can fault Otakus for being zealous about their hobby, even Russian music critiques would get into fist fights over arguments concerning music, it only makes sense to be zealous about your passion. People can spend hours talking about the depth of movies, but as soon someone mentions Anime they are looked upon as nonsensical baboons. It’s a complete unwarranted bias and guilt by association. I think a new age is coming, where people can still watch Anime and be considered cool. Where Otakus wont be looked down on because they like to dress up, I mean who doesn’t like to dress up right? Where geek and jock can learn to understand their obsessive differences and live as one. Who am I kidding!! I’d never be seen in public with die hard Anime fans! Damn, I’m a coward
I am G-man!