Hello, I have to ask: have you heard about riptidescap?
Trust me anon, I’ve heard more than you.
So, let’s talk.
I know you’re not trying to hurt anyone by messaging me about this. I know you probably just want to make me aware of someone being horrible in the fandom and whatnot, but believe me when I tell you, you don’t have all the facts.
Riptidescap, Gigi, has said some utter shit. She’s posted some things that I definitely don’t condone, and I disagree with all of her bigoted beliefs.
However, she is trying to learn.
I myself have talked to her about this, as well as a bunch of other people on the pjo discord server. We’ve had people there before, outwardly expressing negative opinions on the LGBT community, and after talking with the rest of us, they’ve changed their opinion pretty quickly. We’re hoping to have the same positive effect on Gigi.
Arguably, more importantly though, what she doesn’t need right now, is members of the pjo fandom and the LGBT community openly attacking her without mercy. I feel it needs to be said again, but this girl is trying to learn. She is a questioning girl, growing up in an anti-LGBT environment. I, along with I’m sure many others, have experienced this first hand, and let me tell you, it isn’t easy.
The people attacking her right now, really I have no words. I’ve never seen anyone being so singularly and viciously targeted in all my years on this site. That behavior, it makes me sick to my stomach. People are using the LGBT community as an excuse to tell a 17 year old girl to go and kill herself. People are using my flag, my pride, to hurt and abuse a minor questioning her own sexuality in an environment that is dangerous for LGBT people. I hope people understand how utterly awful that must feel. The outside world telling you you’re disgusting for feeling the way you do, and the community you may be a part of telling you you’re disgusting for believe something you’ve been brought up to believe.
The hate blogs need to drop their rhetoric of “protecting LGBT people from a homophobe”. Their intentions don’t come from a place of protection, but rather malicious joy. Scrolling through the blogs, I feel physically uncomfortable, reading about how much joy they get from causing a young girl to have anxiety attacks and suicidal thoughts. They literally use tags like “this is So Much Fun” and “i hope some of you are getting as much amusement out of this as i am“. I reiterate, these people are finding joy in the fact they’re making a minor want to kill themselves. With no exaggeration, the girl could’ve straight up murdered someone, and it still wouldn’t merit this kind of verbal and emotional abuse. And moreover, they’re using their influence in the fandom to manipulate other people into contributing to the hate.
So, I have to ask myself, what do these people want? They’ve said on numerous occasions that they would stop the abuse if Gigi apologized. But…. really? They care so much about a single apology from one person, they fill their whole blog with hate? Seriously??
And do they really think they’ll get Gigi to come ‘round to their way of thinking by slandering her in the fandom and attacking her inbox? It just doesn’t seem conducive to what they say they want.
Again, because I know my words are going to be misunderstood (purposefully or not) I do not condone what Gigi has said, nor do I agree with it.
Has Gigi said things that she shouldn’t have? Yes. Should she offer an apology to anyone she might have hurt? Probably. Does she deserve the abuse currently aimed at her? Absolutely not.
If anyone needs more information, feel free to PM me.