Friday, February 11, 2011

Banned for life by Conservapedia

You'd better be careful on Conservapedia. If you point out an incident of borderline pedophilia in a Japanese movie about demons you might just get banned for life.

Your user name or IP address has been blocked.
The block was made by Ed Poor. The reason given is crazy speculation in Totoro film article.
Start of block: 16:18, 11 March 2009
Expiry of block: infinite
Intended blockee: AlexC

The movie "Totoro" is considered a "harmless" film by some. This is inexplicable, because the title character is a "forest spirit" AKA, a Demon, who routinely kidnaps two sisters with a dying mother and puts them in dangerous situations.

In one scene, the father, whose wife is in a hospice, is seen taking a bath with his two daughters, one of whom is old enough to be on the cusp of puberty. The perversion of this scene is undeniable and yet adding a brief mention of this to the Conservapedia article on the film resulted in the above ban.

I attempted to resolve this issue by contacting the moderator who banned me.

From: AlexC
To: Ed Poor
Sent: Tue, August 10, 2010 2:43:14 PM
Subject: Conservapedia e-mail

Mr. Poor,

I'm confused as to why my user account was banned. What "crazy speculation" was I engaging in in the Totoro article? The radiation poisoning of the Mother was based not on wild speculation but upon the fact that her symptoms in the film roughly matched some of the symptoms of mild radiation poisoning.

Alexander Cornswalled

Ed Poor to me
Who banned you, and when? All I know is that Mei's mom was considered to have TB.

If she had other symptoms, please list them ... and maybe provide a source that agrees with what you saw on screen.

Ed Poor

Alexander Cornswalled to Ed
When I tried to log into Conservapedia, I got a message telling me
that you had banned me for speculation in the Totoro article.

To tell the truth I hardly remember the article myself. It looks like
the director has since weighed in on the question of what the mother
had, making whatever information I'd found irrelevant.

Alexander Cornswalled

After receiving no reply I sent the following message:

Alexander Cornswalled to Ed
According to the site you banned me.

"The block was made by Ed Poor. The reason given is crazy speculation
in Totoro film article.
Start of block: 16:18, 11 March 2009
Expiry of block: infinite
Intended blockee: AlexC"

Is an "infinite" ban really appropriate if the moderator who initiated
the ban is unable to recall or find documentation on what caused the

Alexander Cornswalled

To date I have not received a response from Conservapedia. I find it unlikely that I was banned over a disagreement about if a dying woman in a movie about demons had TB or Radiation Poisoning. It's clear to me however that "Ed Poor" is determined to defend a movie that casts demons in a positive light, even if it means banning educated, articulate conservative Christians from contributing to Conservapedia.

It may be time for Conservapedia readers and editors to start reviewing the edits, bans, deletions, IP blocks and protected entries list of Ed Poor. Based upon his enthusiastic, no-holds-barred support of a pro-demon movie I suspect he may be one of the alleged "deep cover liberals" to have infiltrated the site.

It's ironic that Ed Poor put so much effort into banning me for pointing out one of the issues with the Totoro movie, as another Conservapedia editor has deleted the article completely.

My Neighbor Totoro
This page has been deleted. The deletion and move log for the page are provided below for reference.
13:11, 25 April 2010 DouglasA (Talk | contribs) deleted "My Neighbor Totoro" ‎ (Pop Culture: content was: '{{speedy}} {{Infobox Film | name=My Neighbor Totoro | image=Totoro poster.jpg | caption= | director=Hayao Miyazaki | producer=Toru Hara | writer=Hayao Miyazaki | narrator= | starring= | music=Joe Hisaishi | cinematography=Yo)

Deleting the page I can understand. You don't need a detailed article on a movie glamorizing demons, witchcraft and pedophilia in a reference source geared towards home-schooled children.


Anonymous said...

You were banned because you were talking out of your ass about a movie you've never seen anyway.

I wish google did the same thing with blogs.

Alexander Cornswalled said...

I have seen the movie. That's how I knew about the scenes I discussed. Many parents at my brother's church had been talking taking about it and I had been asked to review it for the church newsletter.

I watched the movie and did a lot of research about it.

Anonymous said...

you're insane, cornswalled. the japanese have a different culture than ours; they frequently take baths together, and families are closer in that perspective.

america isn't the center of the universe, and christianity and it's super-conservative, restrictive morals aren't the norm everywhere. i hope you get that through your skull one day.

Peter Cornswalled said...

while I find your relativistic stance on morality to be repugnant, you at least had the decency to articulate it. You have not contacted Alex's web hosting provider to try and get this site taken down or tried to ban him from the Internet.

Ed Poor on the other hand, handed him a lifelong ban from Conservapedia simply because Alex did not adhere to Poor's perverse, pedophilia endorsing brand of moral relativism. It is clear to me that deep cover liberals have infiltrated Conservapedia. Unless this vile cancer can be excised it will be time for a new offshot to form, one where real conservatives can actually promote God's word and Christian Morality without having deep cover liberals cut off people for failing to tow the line.

Filth said...

I love when the term "deep-cover liberal" pops up here. Corny (if real), is either so deep cover he's forgotten it or just got so used to the role didn't realize the joke was stale.

Of course you're "deep-cover". You make the Phelps family look moderate, and more importantly, like they actually have a message. You're a directionless drooling buffoon rallying an audience of none and so desperate for attention and supplicants that you've even invented a brother to keep you company.

It's like Married With Children when they introduced that kid in season seven to give them more story line opportunities, only to find he was really annoying and didn't add anything.

Personally I'm looking forward to a special guest appearance by Great Uncle Cornswalled (as played by Tom Metzger) and that episode where they find with shock, pleasure and eventual dismay that the family line is descended from an illicit liaison betwixt John Douglas (the 19th century nobleman), and a hydrocephalic serving wench and slattern known to history only as "Tilly".

Anonymous said...

I've lived in Japan for 6 months now, and I can certainly verify that family members often take baths together. It is also not uncommon to go to public baths and bathe naked with strangers.

While I agree that this ban was very harsh and 100% unjustified, singling out one piece of culture that in American-eyes looks immoral, is the wrong way to go. After all, in Britain, it is not uncommon for young children to have baths with their parents either.

Alexander Cornswalled said...

The "official" explanation for why I was banned was because I pointed out evidence that the mother in "My Neighbor Tortoro" may have been recovering from radiation poisoning instead of tuberculosis. There's evidence both ways in interviews with people affiliated with the movie and in the symptoms exhibited in the film.

I'd originally suspected my banning was related to my comments on the bath scene. I found it difficult to believe that disagreement about the exact sickness a woman may have had in a fiction story could have actually lead to a lifelong ban. My subsequent research has shown me that Ed Poor really is so petty and small minded that he would ban someone for life over such a triviality.