It’s okay that I didn’t eat for 20 hours if I slept for 16 of them, right?
Note: i was not holding off to make myself hungrier for mom’s easter dinner. I literally got home from working late Saturday morning, ate something heavy, sat around gaming for a couple hours then crashed into bed at 3. I only woke up at 1am and fed the cat, before going right back to bed for another 5 and a half hours.
There’s something about fandom (as a whole), which is so short-sighted and fickle?
And it’s a problem in every fandom, but something about the SU fandom is especially bad (I think it’s because of the highly serialized nature of a show which only has 11 minute episodes). It’s the way people immediately judge characters so harshly, and never stop to consider the reasons behind their actions, or if those characters are apologetic, or clearly being set up for an arc?
Like, Pearl’s been getting the brunt of a lot of hate recently. And it was kind of ridiculous how much she was hated after ‘Cry For Help’ aired- because she clearly had done something terrible, yes, but it was also clear that we were going to see her grow and mature, and that we were going to see that happening in literally only five days.
But Pearl is only the most recent victim. I’ve been in this fandom for a while. I remember how after ‘Maximum Capacity’ first aired, Amethyst was absolutely detested by a large part of the fandom, being called an irredeemable abuser and a rapist. (That last one based purely on the fan theory that she’d once tricked Greg into sleeping with her by shape-shifting as Rose lik wut).
Or how after ‘The Test’ aired, and so many people were saying how all the Gems were Absolutely Terrible Parents because they hadn’t actually put Steven in a death trap that would have killed him. And I’ve heard about how after ‘House Guest’ it was Greg who was absolutely hated for a loooong while. And of course, after Ocean Gem there were all those theories about how the Gems were actually evil, with fans never stopping to consider if they might have sympathetic motives behind their more morally questionable actions.
So Pearl’s hated right now. But in a couple months, most people will have forgotten about that, and that hate will be focused onto some other character. It will be Garnet’s turn to have messed up, or maybe Steven’s, or we’ll find out some dark secret about Rose, and we’ll have to go through this all over again
And the particularly baffling thing is how this whole attitude is against the very nature of the show, which has always been about forgiveness, and growing, and accepting people despite their faults.