Fandom Rant: Childish Behavior
I cannot express to you how deeply I despise the current Pokemon fandom.
“Durhurr we’re 90’s kids. Remember Pokemon gaiz? I watched Pokemon before it sucked lolz. Remember when there were only 150 Pokemanz?! Omfg. We were fans way before these new kids came along, we own this.”
But you know what? They’re not the only fandom to act juvenile and childish lately.
Casual fans, I apologize for the negative associations that go along with what you enjoy. It’s the self-righteous hardcore fans that ruin everything for every fandom.
This goes for all of them, I don’t care what they are: Doctor Who, Supernatural, Merlin, Sherlock, Avengers, MLP, Game of Thrones, Les Mis, Naruto, etc., and especially goddamn Homestuck (a fandom I have completely avoided due to nasty fans who aggressively attack anyone who shows remote dislike for the comic; This made me not want to read the comic ever). What with the shipping wars and hipster “I liked it first” mentality, there are many shows I have never even touched or damsons I haven’t taken part in because the asshat half of the fan base drives any desire I would have had to participate away. So thanks guys, thanks for ruining the reputations of your fellow fans, myself included, because of your behavior.
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve tried to discuss Sherlock with someone, only for them to judge me based on experiences they’ve had with past fans they’ve dealt with.
Seriously. Stop it. It’s ok to like something, even obsess over it. But you can’t exclude other people for “not doing it right” and not enjoying the show the same way you do. You can’t berate people who don’t ship so-and-so with what’s-his-name, or look down on blogs that don’t post fandom content. You can’t tell someone they’re “not a real fan” because they’ve just started the show/game and gotten into it, or because they don’t enjoy it the way you do. You don’t have the right to make people feel uncomfortable just because you disagree with them, and you don’t have the right to start name calling when discussions don’t go the way you feel they should.
Before I get hate mail, let me clarify. If you are a fan that respects the rest of the fandom ( and to other fandoms outside of your own) regardless of their ships, opinions, etc, this DOES NOT apply to you.
If you’re hateful to others and make them feel uncomfortable for liking something, or hate on a fandom or community because YOU don’t like it, that’s bad and you should feel bad.
I may dislike some shows and despise certain communities, but that never gives me the right to harass them or make them feel threatened, and that’s just not something I or anyone should do. We need more acceptance and kindness right now.
Sorry guys, I’m just sick of the bullshit. There’s far too much drama in the SPN tag and so much hate between fandom a and fandom b right now that I’m pretty much done. Treat people with respect. Treat them like you would if you were actually speaking to them, instead of hiding anonymously behind a screen. Don’t be that person.
//End rant, Segrinn out.