I find it kinda funny that I’ve seen more posts complaining about problematic pharmercy art than actual problematic pharmercy art…
Like, don’t get me wrong, there are a few that make me feel gross every now and then, but I can go days or weeks without something popping up, and if it does, it’s typically a repost of an older existing gross picture, which I don’t count as I’ve already said how that’s gross.
The complaints on the other hand, I can’t go one day without someone complaining about how people draw Pharah. Not one!!! I’ve tagged Fareeha Amari, Pharah, and pharmercy, and I’m not seeing any of this art y'all are speaking of.
Which then brings me to the possibility… How many of you actually are talking about problematic art cause you genuinely saw some, and how many ate simply doing it to bring the ship down or join a bandwagon that you know nothing of?
Like, I totally can see a few people perusing older artwork and just now mentioning it cause it’s their first time seeing it. But out of the 25+ posts I’ve seen in the last few days alone, how many fit that description, and how many are simply trying to fulfill an ulterior motive?
Now I don’t want to assume the worst in people, I like to be optimistic. And I’m not saying you shouldn’t call out pharmercy art that is problematic, hell no! Inform the artist or writer about why that piece is a problem. If they are respectable about it, good, no further conflict needed. If they aren’t, then blacklist their names and warn others. Simple.
But if you’re doing this as a way to bring ships down, please stop. I don’t go into your tags and bring up negative things about your ship, I expect the same common courtesy.
And while I’m on the subject, for anyone reading this, don’t make up shit or shame other people for liking something when they have the best of intentions, especially as a way to defend yourself. Don’t say shit like:
“You have a problem with pharmercy’s age difference, what about roadrat or mercy76, etc.?”
This does nothing but isolate fans of other ships away from you, so when we need support or someone to stick up with us, who the hell would? You insulted another’s ship for no reason!
Fandom and shipping is supposed to be friendly, a way to meet nice people, see fantastic “what if” art, read interesting stories, and be a unified of a mutual thing we love. Don’t turn it into a war zone.
A quote by my grandfather can fit this best:
“It takes way more effort to look for a fight and engage in it, than to continue your day without problems.”