“Some people turn sad awfully young. No special reason, it seems, but they seem almost to be born that way. They bruise easier, tire faster, cry quicker, remember longer and, as I say, get sadder younger than anyone else in the world. I know, for I’m one of them.”—Ray Bradbury (via sad-plath)
My neighbourhood has become more dangerous in the past couple of years, and the neighbours withen my apartment building are hellbent on driving my mom and I out of the building. We have complained to the landlord, but it seems nothing is going to be done. I no longer feel safe here…
And the award for Most Toxic Fandom on Tumblr 2014 goes to:
Shoujo Kakumei Utena!
'Small but batshit insane'
The irony was not lost on the judges: a group of self-aggrandising, insular spoiled brats are kept in a perpetual cycle in an isolated world where their egocentric obsession with petty feuds and scapegoating prevents them from achieving maturity and realising their identities as people. And in the TV series, they have sword duels.
It’s noteworthy that a less welcoming fandom than the Tolkien fandom exists, especially considering it revolves around a nearly-20-year-old cartoon now relatively obscure. Dive in and experience instant slanderous ad hominem attacks for daring to interpret this series, which was designed to be highly up to personal interpretation, in a way these people find different from their own perspective. They won’t feel obligated to read what you said, even a provocative title is enough to tempt their righteous fury! Delight in messages such as, almost verbatim, ‘you don’t get to say you like this series unless your opinion matches mine’!
Enjoy being harassed by private message? Who doesn’t! You’ll find your inbox packed with messages slamming your moral character, written by perfect strangers who don’t know a thing about you! Like the vast majority of the people who will lead the attack on you for posting even casual musings meant to give you personal closure after finishing the series, they’ll just be parroting someone else’s opinions they were fed…no need to establish their own!
And there’s so much more, including an inability to distinguish reality from anime! Valuing the debatable welfare of a fictional character over the authentic abuse of a real person! Completely missing cultural differences out of sheer ignorance! Misappropriating sociological terms with ironic hypocrisy at their application! And of course the feature so familiar in fandom that it feels like home: wanking over ideas of ‘canon’, made thrilling and new by the fact that the series was intended for diverse, individual interpretation.
So be sure to act now. Here to accept the award for this solemn, austere series fully grounded in singular, absolute reality are one character who turned into a cow and then laid a Fabergé egg, and another who may or may not be dead but looks great anyway!
Okay, cut to commercial now. We’re already bumping Love Boat over schedule as it is.
God damn, this is apparently what I get for posting anything about anime on tumblr. You either get people who think you’re the antichrist for disagreeing with their ‘accepted’ fandom pet opinions or people who presume you’re a Japan fetishist and hate you for it.
Because some people are trolls, my post about Akio and Utena has been moved here.
If you only intend to talk out of your ass/troll me for my opinion, please save us both the trouble. I’m happy to discuss something, but discussion requires you actually making valid points — and…
Yay! Another idiot who decided to reblog and didn’t bother to read or pay attention!
Let me just correct you here: a troll is someone who is abusive without really any legitimate reason to be. A troll is someone who enjoys someone else’s misery. Trolls include people who literally make ad hominem attacks against someone because they disagree with their interpretation of a work of fiction.
Further: implications do not mean written in stone, ‘canonical’ — yet another obsession of fanwank — or correct. You failed to pay attention, you made up your mind before even reading it, and you’re acting like a childish and condescending little prima donna, and I frankly have no time for you.
All you’re doing is making the Utena fandom look ridiculous, just like the other little teddy ruxpins parroting someone else’s opinions and hurling serious accusations against someone personally because they dared to interpret a work of fiction.
So frankly, fuck you. If this is your idea of representing your fandom or some shit, get over it. You are vile. And furthermore you are Blocked, since — miracle of miracles! — I don’t come on tumblr to deal with assholes. I come on tumblr to enjoy myself and occasionally make posts about my thoughts and feelings. If you don’t like them, you’re free to disagree. But if you act like a douche — which is exactly what you’ve done — then please don’t be surprised because I am well within my rights to Block the hell out of you.