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Miguelito Loveless

(4,414 posts)
Wed Mar 29, 2023, 07:50 PM Mar 2023

Famed Japanese Toy Company Good Smile Has Reportedly Propped Up 4chan for Years

Source: Gizmodo

Good Smile, one of the world’s most popular toy companies, reportedly acted as the brace for one of the internet’s worst cesspools, financially backing 4chan. The site has gone on to facilitate harassment campaigns, racism, misogyny, and homophobia while being a vortex for internet conspiracy theories.

Wired reported on Wednesday that, based on partnership agreement documents, Japanese toy company Good Smile has financially backed 4chan for nearly eight years. The merch provider is known for its Nendoroid series and other scale figurines and action figures based on multiple major IPs, especially anime, but also Warner Bros. and Walt Disney properties. The documents reportedly show Good Smile put up $2.4 million to keep the site going when it was changing hands back in 2015.

Good Smile has been connected to 4chan in past reports. Last year, based on nondisclosure documents, Wired reported that Good Smile had played a part in the site’s 2015 acquisition. Former VPs for Good Smile in the U.S. have accused the company in legal documents of trafficking in “sexually explicit” figures of underage girls, committing tax evasion, defrauding the U.S., and being involved with 4chan. According to The Hollywood Reporter, top brass at the subsidiary went to Good Smile’s offices in the U.S. back in 2019 and were told by Enna Hozumi, the VP at Good Smile US, that Good Smile Japan had “acquired” 4chan and that it was being “managed” at the company’s Tokyo, Japan headquarters. A company rep told the Reporter that Good Smile made a “passive investment” into 4chan.

The fine folks at the anonymous imageboard site 4chan have been involved in numerous harassment campaigns, such as recent attacks targeting LGBT suicide hotline workers. It’s been labeled as the seedbed for the QAnon conspiracy movement and for the incel community. The online board was cited specifically by the perpetrator of the deadly 2018 Toronto van attack who specifically targeted women. It’s otherwise continued to be a haven for far-right radicals and trolls of all shapes and sizes.

Read more: https://gizmodo.com/japanese-toy-company-good-smile-support-4chan-for-years-1850279267



There are only two reasons to back something like 4chan: For the money, which can’t be the case since 4chan is not a money machine, or to promote fascist ideology at all costs.
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Famed Japanese Toy Company Good Smile Has Reportedly Propped Up 4chan for Years (Original Post) Miguelito Loveless Mar 2023 OP
I'll take "some weirdo religious cult" at even money Effete Snob Mar 2023 #1
Good Smile....get fucked. OAITW r.2.0 Mar 2023 #2
They make pornographic figurines Effete Snob Mar 2023 #3
Hahahahahaha OAITW r.2.0 Mar 2023 #4
But wait, there's more Effete Snob Mar 2023 #5
Hopefully, they will cross-fuck themselves into oblivion. OAITW r.2.0 Mar 2023 #6
Repulsive people supporting repulsive websites with $$ from repulsive biz. MJGA's? nt okaawhatever Mar 2023 #7
K and R oasis Mar 2023 #8
 

Effete Snob

(8,387 posts)
1. I'll take "some weirdo religious cult" at even money
Wed Mar 29, 2023, 07:53 PM
Mar 2023

One of them weird ones they come up with over there, like Aum Shinrikyo

Either a doomsday religious cult or Nutrilife or whatever that MLM overpriced supplement thing is out of Utah.

On edit: Herbalife. Yeah, a religious cult or Herbalife. Same thing, really.

OAITW r.2.0

(23,162 posts)
2. Good Smile....get fucked.
Wed Mar 29, 2023, 08:04 PM
Mar 2023

Hope this makes your corporate image a bad fucking implosion frown. Thanks for nothing, scumbags.

 

Effete Snob

(8,387 posts)
3. They make pornographic figurines
Wed Mar 29, 2023, 09:22 PM
Mar 2023

I'm not sure a vendor of creepy pornographic dolls is too worries about the corporate image.

Allow me to quote from a product description on their website:

"Genitalia of naked version not depicted in detail in accordance with local laws and regulations."

OAITW r.2.0

(23,162 posts)
4. Hahahahahaha
Wed Mar 29, 2023, 09:37 PM
Mar 2023

Good corporate governance on their part....because I am fearful of naked genethlias and how that has nothing to do with the evil shit that they are underwriting.

 

Effete Snob

(8,387 posts)
5. But wait, there's more
Wed Mar 29, 2023, 09:46 PM
Mar 2023

This is all fallout from a lawsuit filed two years ago.

https://kotaku.com/nendoroid-and-figma-company-sued-over-mistreatment-sex-1847684279

Nendoroid And Figma Company Sued Over Mistreatment, Sexualized Toys

Complaint against Good Smile cites discrimination, 4Chan, and lolicon

In 2020, popular figurine manufacturer Good Smile Company sued two former vice presidents, Guy Brand and James Young-sik Kim, for competing with its merchandise business while employed at GSC. In response, the former employees have filed a cross-complaint claiming that GSC actively profited from sexualizing underage characters, discriminated against non-Japanese employees, evaded taxes, and funded 4Chan.

OAITW r.2.0

(23,162 posts)
6. Hopefully, they will cross-fuck themselves into oblivion.
Wed Mar 29, 2023, 09:57 PM
Mar 2023

And I am all for tools that make sexual moments a better, more satisfying experience for all participants....

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