I don't get people telling you to shut up. It's not like you are in their home shouting at them. You are literally writing on your own blog . If they don't want to hear it all they have to do is block you. it's literally that simple. Honestly it's like they are just looking for an excuse to make drama and vent their vitriol
Yeah me either. I also do get it though, to a degree, so I try to be patient and understand a little bit. People feel that because I have a following and there are people that listen to me that I have a certain obligation toward what I choose to do and say with my voice. And, to a degree, they’re right. Back in the day, people used to flip their shit over me saying I didn’t like Bellamy or Jasper or Bell/arke. They’d come to my blog and tell me I wasn’t allowed to say stuff about those characters because I was influencing how people think. (This was before I worked on the show). They were, for some reason, of the belief that I had to always be neutral and “objective” and “professional” with my opinions simply because people listened to them. What I think people failed to understand then and even now is that… at the time, I was a nobody. I was working my ass off, at home, saving money to move and being a part of fandom. Even now, I’m just an assistant. The nearly 16,000 people that follow me don’t follow me because I hold some important job. At least I don’t think they do. I’m assuming most of those people who follow and listen and read or whatever do so because they either agree with my opinions or at least have an interest in hearing them. To curb those opinions in order to coddle people into feeling safe seems like a waste of my breath to me. Since I got on twitter and tumblr many years ago, speaking about fandom and activism and representation and behavior within fandoms and the LGBT community has always been important to me. Speaking about feminism and racism and other social issues is important to be. Blabbing about which characters I love and hate on TV has always been important to me. I tweeted a couple months ago about how I liked all the girls on Quantico better than the boys and wanted Shelby and Alex to date each other instead of the lame white boys they’re with. Andout of the word work came a few angry Quantico fans telling me that I don’t have to like those things but because “people listen to me” I should be more careful. That’s silly. That’s a ridiculous way to handle your voice. I realize that’s a very tiny instance and a very ridiculous one at that but I’m hoping the simplified version sheds some light on it. Having people listen to you is exactly why you SHOULDN’T be careful and why you should talk about what upsets you while you can. This won’t always be the case. In some instances I have had to be quiet for actual professional reasons not just for fandom’s idea of what “professional” means. There will be times in the future where I will have to be quiet about things I want to talk about. Because people listen to me. And trust me, I don’t like it and I’m not going to like it. But to believe that it is somehow “unprofessional” for a person to state their anger/feelings/opinions about things (unrelated to their specific job) boggles my mind. It’s not unprofessional to tweet about social issues. It’s not unprofessional to tweet that you’re upset about your shitty customer service somewhere. It’s not unprofessional to dislike another person. It’s not unprofessional to dislike a fictional character and say you want them to jump into a dumpster fire. There is no point in having our voices and being on social media if we are not using them to express ourselves. There is no point in having a following if having one means that we should sit objectively in the middle of everything.