I think it’s important that we don’t idolize people like the McElroys for caring about others. I don’t think that’s entirely productive. And let me reiterate that I love the work they put out and it is very refreshing to go into a comedic work with the knowledge that the people behind it really do care about their fans feelings, that there is a very very low chance of them saying something that hurts me.
but here’s the thing, that shouldn’t be refreshing. it should be the norm.
I also worry about how that idolization is making some fans defend them against genuine criticism. Like. You know they want us to speak up when they do something shitty, right? They’re grown men, they can handle someone saying “hey, that thing you said wasn’t cool”.
I have a handful of criticisms for them I could put in this post, but I think most of it comes from their older content + I don’t follow them closely enough to know whether it’s been addressed already.
also I just woke up and don’t feel like going much deeper into this than just “Let the McElroys’ response to criticism set the bar for other creators rather than treating them as exceptions to the rule.”