A while ago, I commented on the whole situation with people from Tumblr almost bullying
into committing suicide.
She has since released this video, giving an update on her situation.
We should all be very thankful that she's still with us, and getting the help she needs.
However, as an appeal to everyone: If you see somebody being an outright bully to anyone, doesn't matter which website it is - call them out on it.
Tell them that it is NOT cool to do that shit. If they refuse to listen, take the next step: Report them. If they're not going to contribute in a positive way to the fandom, then they have no right to BE a part of it.
The only way people can fix this now and in the future, is to purge these scumbags and make them know they're not welcome.
If you're going to offer critique to anybody, always remember:
- Everything is open to artistic interpretation.
If somebody decides to draw Rose slim, give Garnet a different skin tone, draw Sardonyx without an afro, or draw Pearl as a dude, take it to be for what it is: That artist's artistic interpretation of said characters. Not everything exists to offend you, and unless they intentionally draw something sinister like a Gollywog Garnet comically chomping on watermelons, the artist certainly NEVER meant to do so. (On a side note, need I remind everyone that Garnet isn't 'black', she's a red/magenta hued space alien? Jesus, people.) The examples I gave are all reasons people chose to hate on art, and guess what? THEY ARE ALL STUPID REASONS
. Moving on.
- Always THINK before you post.
Before you comment, ask yourself: Am I helping the artist become a better person by doing so? Is what I'm going to say positive, constructive critique, that won't resort to insults? Am I currently in a calm state of mind? If you answered "No" to any of these questions, STOP. Don't post ANYTHING. Chances are, you will post something that only makes you look like a triggered jackass.
- Artists are people.
I think a lot of people online forget that artists are not your slaves to bend over backwards to your every whim and sensibility. They are people who want your appreciation for what they do, and take time to give you lots of art that many of you enjoy, oftentimes, FOR FREE. With that said, don't be a dick towards them. Words can hurt just as much as any weapon you pick up against them. Hell, as we've seen here, it nearly killed someone.
-DON'T BE A DICK.
No, seriously. Don't. You may think you're standing up for some 'cause', but what you're really doing is being a toxic influence that nobody wants or cares to be around.
-If you're "offended", DO SOMETHING ELSE.
It's amazing how many people choose to stand around and be offended by somebody's art when nobody is holding a gun to their heads and forcing them to look at it. If you don't like it, find somebody who appeals to you more. Not every artist on the face of this earth will do things to your liking, but chances are, somebody else out there is. Go find that person. Believe me when I say, nobody truly gives a shit about (Insert Phobia here), and the artist certainly didn't mean to invoke it. If they paint a picture of a blue sky, don't take it to mean: "This artist is exploring his calmness." when all they said was, "The sky is FUCKING BLUE."
Remember, if the message of the show is about 'love' and you're doing the exact opposite, you're not a 'fan'.
You're a mental case who needs a steel-toed boot slammed into their face right out of the fandom.
With that said, take care of yourselves and each other. Peace.