I think at this point, it’s gotten to be way too much. Felix faced the backlash that he faced: that shouldn’t come down to how much hatred both @markiplier and @therealjacksepticeye have actually gotten over this. They both know Felix on a very, very personal level, which is good – and it also means that since he’s so close to Felix, Jack can be more open, he can criticize Felix more. He’s friends with him, but as all of us, we don’t need to agree with everything they say and do, but we can still be friends with them. It doesn’t mean that he’s in the wrong for saying that what he’s done is wrong, and that he doesn’t condone what Felix has done. That’s fine. Jack said nothing wrong in his video. Disney is a very cutthroat company: actors have said that time and time again that they watch your every move, and honestly, I’m surprised that Disney even had Felix on as a partner given how his image has always been. But none of this means that Jack was in the wrong for speaking his opinion, nor does it mean that he should feel pressured to take his video down or regret it for just speaking his opinion. He didn’t backstab Felix at all. He just said that he didn’t condone it, and that his support was toward Felix as a friend, not his actions.
The same also goes for Mark. Mark simply posted a video stating that at the most basic level, we should respect one another – which is true. You don’t have to like someone or agree with someone, but you should always respect one another, meaning don’t be so hateful, sending death threats, and dehumanizing someone. The internet has gotten on this horrendous trend of the second someone does something out of line, their head is called for on a silver platter. And that shouldn’t be the way that it is – it’s a bit sickening that that’s the way that it is. And Mark had every right to say to respect each other and be fed up with it.
These two men do wonderful things; between being positive influences on so many people and turning around and raising money for charity, and yet all they’ve faced is backlash for just supporting a friend. The communities have been at each other’s throats over everything and at their idol’s throats over things like this, and it’s honestly disheartening to see. You don’t have to agree with everything they say – but don’t pressure them or do things in such a hateful way. They aren’t bad people at all, and they’ve both expressed their thoughts.
This honestly just needs to blow over at this point. Drawing more attention to the whole thing is just turning into a very muddy battle. The internet and people are never satisfied – Felix apologized, and it still wasn’t enough. Everyone wanted Jack’s opinion, but that still wasn’t enough. I think everyone should learn from this, and learn that it’s okay to agree to disagree and to just drop arguments and not have such a hateful outlook on everything. At the very least, if you need to discuss it, then discuss it with grace and be mature about it. Don’t be so hateful, don’t send kill yourself messages, and don’t be so quick to call for blood and backstabbing and making feuds out of things that aren’t there.