I see people being like “y'all hated Jake last week for what he did to Dirk and Jane” or “I hate Jake, but what Vriska did was
Honestly go fuck yourselves? Jake is an abuse victim. Dirk emotionally abused him during their whole relationship to the point where he didn’t feel safe confronting him and physically ran away to another planet. And he still gets blamed for it.
Jane projected all this stuff onto him that he felt he had to live up to, without ever stopping to think that he is a Person with his own wants. So their interactions were strained. Him not contacting her a lot and forgetting her birthday aren’t great. But are we forgetting that
1. Jake doesn’t feel like he’s worthy of his friends, and tends to avoid them (as we clearly see in this upd8 esp)
2. Jake has always had memory problems (which are probably partly due to the head trauma Dirk caused him earlier on) and
3. Dirk knew it was Jane’s birthday and didn’t tell Jake and actively tried to keep Jake from his other friends?
So can we stop acting like Jake actually is at fault. ALSO. Not liking someone back and not wanting to date them is not “mean”. He’s well within his rights, and it’s gross how people demonize him for it.
The only person who hasn’t been completely terrible to him is Roxy, and he has such bad self esteem at having “failed” his friends, that he doesn’t even feel like he deserves to talk to her.
tl;dr All the reasons you hate Jake are probably ableist and abuse apologisty. Jake goes out of his way for his friends (at the expense of his own health) and if he doesn’t do that perfectly enough he Still gets hate. So fuck yall..?