Okay, so I’ve had enough of lurking.
And although it seems that it’s sizzled down for quite a tiny bit, I just can’t help but let my point of view/stand out on the matter. I don’t care if everyone goes ‘tl;dr’ on me.
Warning : Potential triggers (Rape, molestation, swearing, the like), extremely long post. Also a bit of raging, but I’ll try to be as calm as possible.
Also feel free to send me anon hate; I’d perfectly understand.
I’m seriously praying that the fandom is only in the typical Phase 3.
Go beyond the cut at your own risk!
So today I didn’t really have any plans
to stalk to check mogeko’s websites or any tags related to them, mainly because I was so tired yesterday. But today, I scrolled along my dashboard, and I saw despairbot’s post. So of course I got curious, which led me to go to Mogeko’s tumblr. And so bamf, I saw it. That artwork. In case you guys didn’t know the contents of the artwork, it was basically Sal somehow molesting Young!Wadanohara while she’s tied up. Of course, I insta-saved it for collecting purposes, but I’ll have to admit that it was really disturbing for me to look at it. But then I’m somewhat neutral, not because I don’t care, but because I know that Mogeko can do whatever they want with their characters. And of course there’s still the fact that the artwork can really come off as offensive (I told Mogeko the same thing when I sent them an ask a while ago). But keep in mind that even though the picture has the words ‘happy end’ on it, they aren’t necessarily aimed at the players or at Mogeko. I personally believe that it was aimed at Sal, seeing as how he thinks that as long as he has Wadanohara with him then he’ll be happy, despite the knowledge that Wadanohara herself doesn’t like it. (Sal, I believe, is forever a piece of trash. Yeah.) So even at that point, if one were to analyze the artwork, and if you’ve played the game yourself, then you would understand that Mogeko had no intention of offending anyone. Heck, they even used a read-more. And when someone asked them to put a trigger warning, they went and did just as they were told. So supposedly, all’s well that ends well.
But no. Apparently it got worse. After I saw that post, the first thing I went to was the #mogeko tag. And I was slightly shocked at what I saw. I’m not kidding, there was a lot of hate. So many people turned away from Mogeko. Some even said that Mogeko was ‘trash’. And the saddest part was that when I scrolled down a bit more, I saw positive stuff. Funny how shit went down that fast. Like, REALLY.
So some time after that (I think about 30 minutes? 1 hour?), Mogeko posted something. In that post they wrote, “I’m so sorry .” And that was it. Then after that, Mogeko took down that controversial image.
Okay, I’ll admit that it would’ve been much better if Mogeko was more specific in their apology, but the mere fact that they said it in a language that they’re not good at, I just… wow. Kudos to you. So when I saw the apology, I somehow expected that everything would somehow simmer down. (But of course, I was also expecting that a small portion of the fandom is still feeling hurt.)
Now this is where SHIT REALLY WENT DOWN.
After they released their apology, I went back to the #mogeko tag, while I was checking the reblogs of the apology (because of possible tags essays). While it did simmer down, there were, unfortunately, some people who weren’t contented with the apology. I remember one even saying that their apology was ‘shit’.
And from there on, bamf, chaos in the fandom. What chaos, you ask? Well, let’s just say that from that point on, some people raged somehow. I would understand if they were disappointed in Mogeko, and that it makes them decide to leave the fandom. If it was just that, it’d be okay. But no. You see, it so happened that Mogeko still had some fans left. THERE. THAT’S WHERE IT STARTED. The people who didn’t like what Mogeko did started targeting the people who liked Mogeko. What’d they do? Why, not much, they just sent random anon hate, stuff like ‘if you like Mogeko and their stuff, then this means you support rape’*. That sort of stuff. And from what I hear, they targeted Mogeko as well—woahwoahwoah. That is crossing the line.
Now this is where I’ll enter.
First of all, I acknowledge the fact that that image will really come off as offensive for some people. Yes, Mogeko has a fault in it. Yes, what Mogeko did can no longer be undone. But take not that there are other factors that you need to acknowledge.
First off, the language barrier. I heard that Mogeko didn’t put a trigger tag on the artwork. Of course they wouldn’t be able to do it immediately. First off, I’m sure you all noticed how limited Mogeko’s tags are. Actually, they have other triggering artwork here on Tumblr that they don’t manage to tag. And Mogeko themselves stated that they’re weak in English. What else did y’all expect? Just because Mogeko is well-versed in computer language/jargon doesn’t mean that they’d immediately understand how Tumblr works. But for that part, I think someone messaged Mogeko to add trigger tags. So that’s okay for now.
Second thing to take note of is the culture difference. Feel free to correct me for this one, but from what I know, the Japanese are actually quite restricted in terms of these stuff, to the point that even the simplest form of PDA (i.e. hold hands) can make people squint at you. With that, let’s remember that the more restricted something/someone is, the more they’ll do whatever they can to get out of it, which explains the amount of fanservice and shiz in most of the animes we see today. This includes rape as well. Trust me, I’ve already tried browsing before for this type of content out of curiosity, and guess what? Yes, such content exists. So in a way, it means that they are somewhat lax with these types of stuff as long as one doesn’t do it in real life. Now, this would apply to Mogeko as well. Since we consider art as a form of expression of ideas, then of course the artist has the right to draw whatever’s on their mind. Would they ever think as to whether or not they’d offend a lot of people? No. As soon as you get an idea, you grab onto it before that idea is lost. And even more so since they’re their characters, so Mogeko has the right to do whatever they want with them.
But you also need to take note that just because Mogeko drew in that context doesn’t mean that they support that idea. I mean, look at me. For instance, I ship Kurovan, which is obviously incest and something that’s looked down upon. Do I support that ship in any context? Yes. Is it incest? Yes. But do I support incest in real life? Fuck no, because it’s downright disgusting (tbh this was what made me think twice about shipping them). The same goes for Mogeko. Just because they portray rape in that way doesn’t mean that they like rape.
And finally, fiction. While it’s true that fiction is sometimes a portrayal of reality, we need to know when to separate those two things sometimes. I won’t say anything more about this for now.
Now, if you disregard these factors and you still don’t like Mogeko, then that’s fine. I can understand that. But you see, there’s a little problem with the way some people expressed distaste, and this is where an additional factor (not really) is left out.
Respect. Or if you guys want, RESPECT.
Seriously. I would understand (and I’ll even leave it alone) if this factor remained. But that’s the problem, apparently some people forgot about it. How do I say this… ah, anon hate! Of course! Is it okay if you don’t like something? Yes. But is it okay to voice this in a way that you really intend to offend other people? Fuck no. Keep in mind that no matter what mistake Mogeko may have done, they’re still a person, a living and breathing person. You are saying ‘I hate you and your works’ to a person. You are saying ‘you support rape and shit I wish you would die’ to a person. We could’ve just told Mogeko ‘Excuse me, but the content you posted is considered very offensive. Would you be so kind as to take it down?’ Just that would’ve been enough. Isn’t it obvious that Mogeko is doing whatever they can to make the Western fandom happy? See here, they could’ve stayed in their illustbook. They could’ve said that they won’t answer our asks due to the language barrier. But was that what Mogeko did? NO. instead, they went out of their way just to make a Tumblr account. As for the games they made? They could’ve sold them, considering the quality and just how long it took to finish making them. They could’ve decided to make it available only in Japan. But did they do that? No. Why? That is because Mogeko is willing to do what they can to please us, THE FANS. Don’t believe me? Well, do you guys remember Mogeko’s response to some asks earlier?
“I am sorry for not to reward your expectation.”
Now if that doesn’t prove anything, I don’t know what else will.
I’ll bet Mogeko was like, “I did not share my art for this motherfuckery.”**
Also, just because Mogeko made a single mistake doesn’t mean that you have the right to send such stuff. That’s the problem with some people. Despite all the good things that one’s done, as soon as they commit a mistake, we immediately put them into some sort of shameplay, even going as far as saying that Mogeko’s apology isn’t enough. While I do understand that Mogeko has a lot in their games that needs to be improved, but of course those improvements don’t necessarily come quickly. Improvement comes slowly. What else do you guys want Mogeko to do, kneel in front of us? Post a detailed apology? Excuse me, but just because they posted a short apology doesn’t mean that it isn’t sincere. But it seems that some people don’t understand that, sadly. BRAVO FOR HUMANITY.
And one last thing before I end this post; like someone had said earlier, do not judge a book by its cover. I repeat, just because someone likes a work doesn’t mean that they condone its contents. Again, please separate fiction from reality. This is not only in defense of Mogeko, but also for the other fans that got harassed simply because they remained as Mogeko’s fans.
Honestly, people, if only we took these factors into consideration, then maybe Mogeko won’t go into a hiatus. Maybe no one would hate each others’ guts. Maybe the #mogeko tag would still be normal. But the damage has been done. So all we can do now is pray that Mogeko returns and everything calms down.
These are all I wanted to say, really. All in all, most people including Mogeko had a mistake of their own, the only problem was how people reacted to it.
* - Not exactly what’s been said, but you get the idea.
** - referring to the unneeded hate.