Urghh... fuck people like this...
Fair warning, this is gonna be a lengthy rant, so be ready for tons of text.
So I decided to check back on the old Mordecai x Rigby shipping group I used to be a part of on DA. I left because of the absurd amount of non-related spam and overall immature nature of the people on it. It really wasn’t like how it was when I first started, and frankly, I got sick of seeing the constant base edit animu pics and creepy hardcore stuff (no offense if you enjoy it. I myself am just squeamish about that sort of stuff.) Now usually, I’d just shake my head and leave the page in silence, but then I come across this:
Then I read the description:
”Turns out JG Quintel is a mean hipster. He basically ratted me out to Deviantart and forced me to take down my other pictures. I did this quick drawing in retaliation (not pretty, but gets the point across). I also got the Pabst Blue Ribbon logo wrong, what a shame.
If anything, this reinforces my need to make more Morby. Here’s to you Mr. Quintel©.”
There are no words. :C
Let me start by saying that in no means am I against Mordecai x Rigby shipping. (You guys should know I support it fully if you follow my blag.) Any ship is tolerable in my book so long as no one tries to force it upon others in a sense that it is the “One TRUE ship” Another thing is that is the importance of proper online etiquette. Y’know, don’t be a dick and act high and mighty.
This specific DA user (who I will censor his name.) is clearly lacking of both these common knowledge. If the creator of the series purposely takes down your shit, it must be for a reason (and there is.I’ll touch upon it later.) Pushing it and “taking retaliation.” doesn’t help your cause, rather, makes you look like an immature dick.
One thing I will give him credit for is keeping his “18+” censorship, so that’s a plus on my account.
Now, as I said before, there are certain regulations one must maintain if one wants to participate properly in a fandom is to know when and where it’s appropriate to talk about specific subjects. The DA user in question has had contact with JG via his DA account, leaving comments that have to links to some rather… provocative stuff.
You can hunt the link on JG’s DA page. I don’t feel like uploading more by this guy. Bear in mind, JG’s a professional artist. He has a career and can’t risk having risque things such as this on his page. Kids visit his page, and purposely linking risque images such as this making it easily accessible by minors (they can easily lie about their age to see the image.) wouldn’t go well with the heads of CN.
Now, according to this user, he had some sort of discussion with JG that eventually led to various of his DA and Imageshack pics being removed. I want to make this clear: when a creator of a show that you are producing fan works for wants it taken down, you take it down. You can bitch and moan all you want, but in the end, you did not make the IP. The least you can do is respect their wishes and do as told (Lemme give you an example why: Let’s say you have an IP. Let’s say you have an easily accessible by minor fans and your bosses webpage for social purposes. Let’s say someone then puts a link to a piece of Rule 34 on it, even adding some sexual innuendo in your comment. You can easily get fired by this if a parent or boss complains that there’s links to porn of your property point blank on the page. And there goes the IP you worked on for years.) Ironically, JG has stated he’s npt against the Mordo x Riggs shipping at all. He seems to be completely fine by it. This guy is also the only “Morby” (God I hate that word) artist that got his stuff deleted by JG. He’s also the only guy who linked mature content on his page. Now what does that say?
Suddenly, this guy decides that instead of just going on with his business (cause again, the art itself is not the problem), he decides to go on a complete barrage of ad hominids towards JG, complete with hipster insults.
(BTW: My sides are hurting cause of the red text. Oh god…)
He even goes on an entire DA Journal rant describing in detail why RS is a commercialization of hipster culture. I’d link it, but then that’d be infringing the subjects anonymity here. (Admit-tingly, he does bring up valid points, but what does this have to do with your case and your shipping issues? It’s just blatant ad-hominids towards a man that you are butt-frustrated at for trivial issues. Kinda reminds me of the ponyfags and Yamino issue, which that itself is another story.)
This man is the bane of all shipping communities, the asshole who if someone dares remove down stuff for perfectly understandable reasons goes on a bitch fit and doesn’t even realize what the real problem is. This is why people like Jhonen Vazquez have such a vendetta for these “fans”, they’re pretentious and preachy over such trivial issues, and if he/she doesn’t get his way, then they are being “oppressed.”
Guys, take this man as an example of what NOT to do in a fandom. Please respect the wishes of the guy you’re making fanworks for if they do something like remove your pics/fic. Don’t start trying to make yourself look like the victim by the “big bad hipster capitalist.” You would be making the sane and normal people in shipping communities look like asshats like yourself. No one gives a shit. Thank you, and have a great day.
[EDIT: Somehow, I know I’m gonna regret this… -__-]