So apparently the manga series FINDER (not to be confused with Carla Speed McNeil’s FINDER) is so awful, so terrible, so threatening to minors that it can’t be sold in Germany. Not only can it not be sold, it can’t even be discussed, nor *mentioned* on a comics blog.
Right now, I’m breaking German law.
Of course, one asks, “What on Earth did these guys make that’s so objectionable that you can’t even SPEAK of it?” So of course, I did what any right-thinking person would do, and went and looked it up. Of course, I only looked it up because it was verboten. If they’d just said “Guys, we really don’t like this so much” I’d probably have never even heard of it. But when something gets banned, and becomes unspeakable, well, I’m all ears. Remember, “God Save the Queen” didn’t go to #1 on the BBC until it had been banned. I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the intended result, but it was the result nonetheless. That’s been my yardstick for censorship ever sense. And, uh, unless they start sniffing every packet and reassembling every .jpg that gets reduced to hex code and sent over the internet, it’s not going to get stopped anytime soon. The dead tree version, maybe. But not the information itself.
Oh, by the way, it’s yaoi. But you knew that already. And it’s marked 18+ as well, so it was never intended for sale to minors. Which leaves me trying to figure out exactly what the intention of the state in this matter. I mean other than being knee-jerkingly reactionary.
As seen on Mangablog by way of Robot6.
EDIT – I love it when I misspell a tag.
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