I saw a post that said what Harry’s doing with his merch isn’t activism, and I just want to say something.
Maybe it isn’t activism in the traditional sense, but if I were to own something that says “treat people with kindness” then you better believe I’m going to be reminded to treat people kindly.
It isn’t a big speech, nor is it an advocacy group. However, it is him doing something simple that speaks volumes. I can’t think of ANY artist who has merch like Harry’s–at least not that I’ve been to their show. It’s always their name, the tour information, or something else.
Regardless of how simple Harry’s action is, it speaks volumes amongst his peers who haven’t done the same.
I feel inspired to know that he’s able to do something so simple.
The fact of that matter, though, is that he’s also made incredible speeches about treating other people kindly. He’s waved a pride flag around to make people feel welcome and to let them know that he’s with them. He’s told us time and time again to be nice to people and to choose love.
So why are people being so negative about what he’s doing? Maybe it isn’t the grand gesture you’re wanting, but he’s doing something.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that before you go and judge someone else for not doing what you think they should be doing, ask yourself what you’re doing. How are you making a difference? Because, I’ve got news for you, until you’re trying to make a difference (no matter how small) like he is, you shouldn’t be judging him.
alright so like?? this is a post i’ve been thinking about making for a long time but i haven’t, because i don’t want to cause drama. but i got an anon recently that made me realize that it’s truly necessary to make, no matter the drama it causes, so here it goes.
a lot of y’all treat fic writers like shit. you really do. obviously not all of you, but a portion of you do it without even realizing that you’re doing it. it happens in every fandom i’ve been a part of (though if we’re being honest, i personally noticed it most in the hamilton fandom), and i’d imagine it’s pretty similar across the board.
and it’s not just sending “kill yourself” messages, it isn’t just outright hate.
every time you send an anon that’s just demanding more fic, every time you reblog a fic and all you say is “MORE!!”, every “are you ever going to write again” message, every time you request a fic (and some of you do this quite aggressively) and don’t interact with that fic. you’re forgetting that we’re human.
you wonder why fic writers don’t usually last? why their writing drops off? why they stop posting? why they take long hiatuses and why some of them never return? it’s because you’re treating us like we’re robots. like we’re disposable.
and you don’t get to treat people like they’re disposable and then wonder why they have an expiration date.
plenty of you are already wonderful sources of inspiration and light to us fic writers, no matter what fandom we’re in. but if you’ve found yourself described above and you feel like you want to do better, you absolutely can.
so what can you do instead? what are some small changes you can make to foster creative environments where fic writers (and fan artists!!) can flourish?
instead ofcomments like“update soon!” or “MORE!!!”
try: “i’m excited for more of this when you’re ready to share it!” or “i loved this and i’m pumped to see where it goes!”
instead ofliking a fic and not reblogging it
try:reblogging the fic or commenting on it
instead ofrequesting a fic (or more of a fic) and ignoring it
try:showing up when the things you asked for are posted
not every comment needs to be paragraphs long (though we love getting those, too), you don’t have to message writers every day that you appreciate their writing, you don’t have to put in a lot of work to treat fic writers like human beings.
we go through things. some of us have a hard time writing, and whether it’s mental illness, or family circumstances, or our jobs, or just good old fashioned writer’s block, we deserve to be treated like humans when those things come up. because they do come up. we have lives outside of the internet, outside of writing fic, and we deserve to be able to live them.
we give so much of ourselves to you, the readers, and we’re happy to do it. it makes us feel good to share our writing with you, to know that for some of you our writing is an escape from the mundane or from your own stresses. but please, let us keep being humans who need space, time, and room to grow and create, room to live our outside lives. please let us keep some of ourselves, too.
It’s really interesting to me that what is arguably Lance’s greatest strength is also his biggest source of insecurity.
Like, this boy is so adaptable. You can throw him into space, into a war, into a new lion, and he’ll essentially shrug his shoulders and slot himself into place. What makes the kid a powerhouse is that you can put him in any circumstance and he’ll find out where he fits and pretty much be able to hold his own there. He can integrate himself into basically any group dynamic (see: rebel mermaids, Hunk + Lance + BoM, and Team Voltron after Shiro). What Lance brings to the table is an ability to do what’s needed, to fill roles that need filling, and to mesh with anyone.
But, for someone who values standing out, that would be seen as a negative trait. Lance wants to carve out his own place in the group– it’s why he’s so attached to the idea of being the “sharpshooter” (though, that does appear to be a niche of his!!). To him, it seems like everyone else around him has this “thing” that makes them special and unique– and, since he doesn’t (or, at least, he thinks other people don’t think he does) he feels sort of average and unskilled by comparison.
The creators have said before that Lance’s character is about “providing what’s needed at the time” and like. Exactly. His “thing” is that he can essentially take on any “thing” you need him to and do it at least decently. That’s what makes him unique, and I can’t wait to see him realize it.