With Worlds coming up I feel like its time to make another reminder post:
REAL LIFE FIGURE SKATERS ARE NOT ANIME CHARACTERS SO PLEASE DO NOT TREAT THEM AS SUCH!
What do I mean by this? I mean please do not go onto photos or videos of skaters solely to make a YOI reference or say “omg it’s (character name)!”. Please do not go into the tags for skating events and make only Yuri on Ice references and not actually comment on any of the skating. Etc.
Seeing similarities between a character and a particular skater is FINE and bound to happen, as many of the characters were loosely based on real life skaters in some way or another, BUT when you reduce a skater to nothing more than a fictional character you dismiss everything that that skater is, everything they work for, everything they’ve achieved and overcome. When you go onto a post of Yuzuru Hanyu (I see it with many skaters but I feel it happens more frequently with him) and comment “it’s yuuri!” you aren’t doing anything good for yourself or for the YOI community or for Yuzuru. Do you think he has worked his ass off through injury and fatigue to improve his programs so people can comment on how he looks like a fictional character and not say anything about his skating? The same applies to any skater. Nobody wants the sum of all their hard work and dedication overlooked in favor of making a character reference. Not to mention it’s rude to people who are fans of skating but not of the show; nobody likes tag spam, and people trying to watch skating shouldn’t have to wade through a pile of unrelated posts or comments just to enjoy their favorite sport.
Many skaters actually like Yuri on Ice (half the people in my freestyle group have either watched it or heard of it; it’s everywhere) but you disrespect them and push them away from wanting anything to do with the community when you do these sorts of things. I personally am thankful the show is getting people into watching/doing figure skating! But please, be a good fan, these are national champions, world champions, Olympic medalists, have some respect.