New Hampshire Rep. Hates Anime…a Lot!

By now, most of you have probably heard about the story broken by RedHampshire.Com concerning New Hampshire State Representative Nickolas Levasseur jamming his foot into his mouth by sporting this Facebook status:

anime is a prime example of why two nukes just wasn’t enough…..

Obviously, this is a sad and troublesome thing to see. America is on shaky ground keeping peace with Japan as it is, and this certainly won’t help things if it gets out to the Japanese people. This statement is plain insensitive and ignorant. If he hates anime and wishes to say publicly that he hates it, he is more than welcome to do that, but it certainly did not call for taking a shot at its country of origin at the same time.

I have heard a few people say that they see nothing wrong with Mr. Levasseur saying this because he is exercising his freedom of speech and that it is wrong that they are holding what he said on his Facebook page against him, even to the point where some feel it is an invasion of Levasseur’s privacy to dig that far. While I agree that he has every right to say what he wants, the truth of the matter is that he is a Government official and a representative of his state. In his position, he is supposed to use intelligence and discretion concerning things he states publicly, because when he speaks he is not just a reflection of himself, but of what he represents as a state official. He had the right to say what he said, but doing so was irresponsible for someone in his position, and no excuses can absolve him of being responsible for what he said and the things that may result from it.

Clearly, he is already feeling the backlash; Levasseur has already publicly apologized for what he said and acknowledged that it was wrong. However, I am skeptical as to whether he will really learn a lesson from all of this, because when I tweeted about this article, people replied to me with other articles about other inappropriate and questionable remarks that Levasseur has made in the past that landed him in the news.

I also question his knowledge of what he is talking about; while the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are common knowledge, clearly he is not aware of the fact that atom bombs were used in these attacks, not nukes.

Long story short, I think it is clear that Mr. Levasseur needs to start reading more and talking less.

Feel free to comment with your (mature) opinions on this controversial statement!

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