When I was 13, my dream was working on the Fairly Oddparents. I did my fair share of scribbly fanart and made little self-insert OCs and wrote fanfiction
Imagine what would have happened if someone who worked there at the time made some snarky comment about how ridiculous it was to do what I did
Imagine insecure 13 year old me seeing my idols making fun of the things that were important to me
I probably wouldn’t have bothered to keep on with my art. I could have quit right there in 2004. I wouldn’t be pursuing the career I am today.
Kids are constantly told they aren’t good enough by everyone in their lives. As someone they look up to and whose art they take refuge on, it’s particularly devastating when you join that echo.
I just really hate this mindset, man. Just fuck this. Fuck being dismissive to children. You were a child once too and you wouldn’t be where you are today if someone didn’t believe in you. Grow up.