Gatekeeping, especially for consumer mediums, occupations and consumer identities, is interesting. Gatekeeping, in of itself, to me, is not “good” or “bad”. Gatekeeping is a matter of ability and power to restrict access and another’s willingness to perceive restricted access.
The attempt in question has a clear political objective with the history of this individual’s politics (as well, consistently so, with this general audience’s politics).

This loose, decentralized collection of losers can be called “Anime Right” if you need a label to distinguish
The general motto is “Gatekeep your hobbies” omitting who they mean. Some in the “Anime Right” mean it in an anti-semitic way, some insert “degenerates” as a slur to mean anybody LGBTQIA+ or BIPOC and proud of it, and also some mean it to gatekeep people who stigmatize pedophilia
With the type of person who fancy themselves as “centrist, center-right”, “classical liberal (lol)”, and the good ol’ “apolitical”, they are either complicit in these goals or are so helplessly ignorant of who they hang out with that they are an active obstacle and are tools
Particularly the “apolitical” crowd who are aggressively apolitical. We’ve reached a point in time where both Poe’s Law, Occam’s Razor, and the exception made by Godwin for Godwin’s own law lose all of their potency with distinguishing “apolitical” from these Alt-right chuds
At least in fandoms, this conundrum is apparent and rampant. How the Alt-Right has coopted and hide behind “apolitical” as a label, justification, and ends in-of-itself all at the same time is troubling and challenging to address their concentrated presence in fandoms.
So, we’re still left with this increasingly aging video as a foundational guide to address these issues given how the Anime Right is the epicenter of hate speech, cyber bullying, and harassment online. “Schrodinger’s Douchebag” is the best we got still

The reason why I don’t classify gatekeeping as “good” or “bad” is for several reasons.

First, again, it’s about who has the power and ability to successfully control access to these mediums. Let me expand this a tad
1) With Society and the globalized economy structured the way it is rn, it’s impossible to restrict the flow of information, let alone people’s access, consumption and participation with said information and fandom.

I honestly believe that the “Anime Right” believes they can
2) Even if the Anime Right tries to gatekeep, all they will be doing is further solidifying their own personal social network. What they’re gatekeeping is not anime (or any given hobby, medium and occupation) itself, but what they are gatekeeping is acceptance among their groups
3) What’s problematic about this, despite the evident and inevitable failure of these efforts, is that this creates a sense of unearned supremacy and “ownership” over their hobbies, and by extension, their ability to continue to define things on their exclusive, explicit terms
This spills over into everything they touch: light novels, video games, manga, Vocaloid, conventions, JPop, and now VTubers as I’ve pointed out before with their unearned and perceived ownership over the women that they simp for.
4) Gatekeeping is about controlling access. None of us have the ability to do this. What is utilized is how politically charged the word itself is, which summons incredible reactions from everybody in the conversation. It’s amazing how this is never pointed out
An intended or unintended effect with uttering the word “gatekeeping” in a negative context is dissuading people away from *you* and people associated with you specifically, hence gatekeeping your groups and social network specifically rather than an entire fandom
3 weeks ago now I tried to do this with Pewdiepie with the intention to make sure that I never get his audience, and communities that I’m apart of or approved of my attempt and messaging made that decision to close off to that crowd to us

That effort was wildly successful
In short, nobody can actually gatekeep a hobby, occupation, consumer identity etc in fandoms. What you’re actually gatekeeping is access to the community/groups that you are apart of.

In short too, the word “gatekeep” is only as effective as your perception of it. Remember this
I wish we had an edit button. I meant to not say “online” in general, but particularly in Anime circles and communities online to separate their influence from online vs in-person because they generally have next to no influence in-person at like cons and other irl spaces
On the bright side, the recognition and willingness to fight back against all of these problems I went viral for pointing out a few years ago still has a massive amount of people, with both big and small followings and communities, are willing to keep rejecting this shit

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To keep it organized, I’m just gonna go thru my notes since it’s all chronological. After I list my notes and comments down, I’ll answer the burning question about which program a content creator or #Vtuber should opt for
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1) Application rejection: yes. Your application for Affiliate can be rejected (even if you qualify) IF you’ve violated ToS and Community Guidelines or just ANY violation or abuse in general

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The only non-problematic charity I can think of is the Bail Fund
I mean, an alternative is just using Twitch Hype Train and then send proceedings over to a mutual aid network

That could work. I'd have to work on branding for that without sounding like a total bitch explaining why I don't trust charities and love mutual aid.
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Before I make my Twitch Affiliate/Partner Program vs YouTube Partner Program mega thread, I wanna take some time to thank everyone, friends, mutuals, and fans included, for wishing me a Happy Birthday this weekend even if belated and congrats for me reaching Twitch Affiliate!
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I, just like any other influencer, can’t do this alone
I said this before and I’ll say it again because it’s not an unpopular opinion, but fact: not a single influencer, content creator, vtuber, etc can’t succeed and make progress as creators and influencers without the people who support them

I may work my ass off, but ya’ll help
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We need to do away with the idea that you always need to have a side hustle to enjoy recreation--your time is yours
People seem to equate the idea of Escapism and recreation and I wholeheartedly believe that it's been damaging to us all.

Escapism is running away from life's problems. Recreation is being present with yourself and others and having fun

It's crucial to learn how to have fun
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There’s an incredible irony in the responses tho. I wanna list them
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Charities used as PR by millionaires is as common and old as apple pie. Another naive notion

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