Important note to fandoms
I’ve recently seen a lot of dumpster fires going around in a few fandoms I am in, mainly related to shipping. Star Wars and Once are the worst offenders right now. I wanted to write a post about my feelings on harmful Antis (People who actively attack others in a fandom who do not ship what they ship) and this is what I have to say to them:
Don’t ever think yourself so important that you alone have to protect people from their own imaginations. That is arrogance at it’s best, and dangerous at it’s worst. You do not own art, it’s interpretation, or value to other people. YOU DO NOT GET TO DECIDE WHAT IS OR IS NOT ‘RIGHT’ FOR ANOTHER PERSON. ESPECIALLY PEOPLE YOU HAVE NEVER MET!
If you are triggered by certain interpretations of art, you need to work to create a safe space, NOT the other people in a fandom. It is up to you, to take considerations to your mental and emotional health, not other fans.
I shall repeat, YOU ALONE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH NOT OTHER PEOPLE IN THE FANDOM.
If you are triggered by even the mention of something, then you have a serious condition and need to seek professional assistance because actively coming into a public space where your triggers are, is unhealthy as fuck behavior.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Everyone has a right to their opinion. You can believe someone’s ship or interpretation of a thing is fucked up, and have discussions but you do not own the right to say they cannot interpret a thing that way. You do not own fandom. No one does. Hell, as a writer I don’t get any say in how my work is seen. That is completely out of my hands. As it should be! My intention to the work can be considered by those who wish to consider it but it is not my job, even as the creator and author of the work, to determine how it is seen. It is up to the viewer and them alone because art is a personal experience. Every person has their own life, with wildly different experiences, and telling someone their interpretation of a piece of art is wrong, is telling that person their experiences are wrong.
Sure, they could be factually incorrect. Like if someone looked at a painting of a dog and said “That’s a duck”, that is not interpretation. Now, someone looking at the painting and believing the dog looks sad, or happy, is an interpretation. Or thinking the painting of a lone dog is a commentary on how loyalty is rewarded with loneliness, and despair, is an interpretation.
Just wanted to be clear before all of you bust into my post like the koolaid man with a clever retort that any comment on art is correct. Y'all are grown enough to know what I’m talking about.
TL:DR Mind your own fucking business.