So about the incident from the Weibo chat, I’ve gone out to learn what I can about the situation. I’ve also confirmed with Layshands regarding what happened, since she did read the conversation between Yixing and this fanboy. I’m posting some public statements I’ve seen from Chinese speakers who were present for the Weibo chat, since they also confirm what I’m about to explain.
Basically, during this chat, a fanboy with the username “Zhang Yixing’s husband” commented “I’m not gay but I like Yixing because of my girlfriend.” In response to that, Yixing jokingly said, “then your username is not correct!” as in, “you can’t be my husband if you have a gf.” Afterwards the fan apparently continued to joke with Yixing by proposing to him with “can you still be my husband” or something along those lines.
The context of the convo, and part of the convo was left out in the translation that people had seen previously, so its easy to misunderstand the situation. I’m not denying that Yixing is hypermasculine/heteronormative, nor am I denying stupid shit he’s said in the past (xingmi are well aware), but nowhere in this conversation did he tell this fan that his sexuality was wrong, nor did he imply that being homosexual was wrong. He’s also never explicitly stated he was against the LGBTQ community (both in the past & now) either, and he hasn’t said anything even implying the topic of sexuality since like 2ish years ago. So I think from what happened with this convo, and based on Yixing’s own philosophy about considering criticisms seriously, he’s been careful and continued not to mention the topic or make any statements about it. He was simply having a teasing conversation with a fan, jokingly calling out “infidelity”. That’s all I can comment on, knowledgeably.
guys, i’ve never liked lars. i always thought he was grouchy and mean and a conformist who was unnecessarily cruel to both Sadie and Steven.
I seriously didn’t like him.
And SU once again, completely throws me off guard by….
Ok, so…in a lot of cartoons, we have villains.
We have bullies.
People you just aren’t supposed t like.
People who oppose the protagonist, who act as stand ins for the people children have to grow up and face one day.
These people are represented in simple ways for children to undersstand, and are summarily dealt with in the manner that the cartoon wants to teach chilren how to deal with them.
In some shows, this means being mean back.
Making a fool out of someone who said harsh things to you.
But one of the many things I love about Steven Universe is just how human it feels.
Human meaning….the human flaws, the feelings that accompany these imperfections, and how to deal with them.
We’ve seen Amethyst and Pearl and Steven struggle with their own self images and their ability to forgive themselves for “imperfections” outside of their own control.
Amethyst felt like she came out “wrong.” Pearl was a servant, a slave really, who was “weak” and “made to please” not fight. And Steven of course has been struggling with his identity in relation to his mother and her mantle.
They may not be human, but Steven Universe has always dealt with all of its characters in very human ways, such as that lovely song “Here Comes a Thought.”
Amidst the fascinating lore and the goofy characters and filler episodes about Beach City, there’s just this core… steven universe feeling, like an aesthetic, that just promotes this sense of tranquility, of quiet introspection and self contemplation. Only by understanding yourself and considering your own feelings, not letting them rot away at your insides until you’re hateful and poisonous and just miserable because you’re suffering but can’t admit it…will you find strength.
Ah, there I go again, over analyzing a kids’ show.
this kind of thing is really soppy, but i can’t help it.
I didn’t like Lars , if I’m honest.
I just thought he was mean.
But seeing him admit that he’s just scared, I remembered that he’s just a kid.
He’s growing up.
And I remembered that what makes this show so great is that it can take a character I didn’t like…and ask me to show him a little compassion.
I like to think maybe Robbie has some strength to his frame from messing around with so many metal parts and dragging around giant canons and everything else he does that in a moment of emergency he just picks up Sportakook (bridal or over his shoulder, either way) and runs for dear life instead of Sportanerd grabbing him and everyone is confused and Sportacute is flustered because no one has carried him since he was a young babe and Robbie is confused as of why Sportaflop is so red and– yea… but
We need more Stronger-than-we-thought-he-was Robbie Rotten
This is me, showing you how sometimes, artists can let themselves be influenced by a peer too heavily. And that simple inspiration can become near-plagiarism.
I’m not putting credit, even if none of these examples are from the same person. I’ve made that decision so no one gets shit over this– though I’m sorry because they are all great pieces, and I know a lot of time and work were put into all of them. I’m not here to bash, or to try and lessen anyone’s worth and talent. Plus– this could have happened with anyone. These are simply the examples I have collected over the past few months.
Last disclaimer: All of the artists above have not repeated this very often, if at all, of what I’ve seen. In fact, it’s not always copying. Just being inspired very heavily (as seen above). And I can see how good they are: Their potential, and, above all, their obvious talent. All in all, I simply want to point out one last time that this is not against them at all. They have simply provided me with the examples I need to make a point.
And who would I be showing other pieces without calling myself out: I’ve done it too, and I include myself in everything I’m saying. It is because I’ve done it, actually, that I take it to heart so much.
Which is fucking embarassing to admit so bear with me.
In fact, even if you do recognize any other of these pieces, don’t give anyone trouble. Please just– don’t ever send good-willed artists hate. Chances are, they were having a nice day before you showed up.
So… it’s well-known there are many ways for artists to learn. To become better: And one of these methods is to copy others.
But usually, these studies remain
in your personal folders. They are not to post and claim as your own. Or if you do post them: you’d share it for what it is, I’m assuming.
And this is where this trend gets a little dismaying. In neither of the original posts was there a mention that Elentori was the inspiration. Even though it is obvious to any onlooker. Not even hidden in the tags. And I’ve checked all of these blogs’ archives just to make sure that I was not mistaking the copying and the copied.
I’m not diminishing Elentori’s work either: She’s a great reference, and I don’t know a soul who dislikes her work or doubts her talent. She’s actually made a brand for herslelf and that’s why her style lifts from the masses.
But that’s exactly it: she has found her own style, and it’s working out great for her. And that’s what I wish upon every other artist out there.
There is no reason to purposely put yourself in someone’s shadow, just because you admire them so much.
So like Noah Bradley says in his art camp:
Study art from masters. The older, the better. And if they’re dead, that’s the best. There’s nothing else they could’ve taught you.
(This isn’t an actual quote, it’s just very much the message he gives from what I remember.)
I would change that a little: Copy masters (Master painters, Disney illustrators… and there are more) as well, and especially. Don’t just copy trends or trendsetters, guys. Find your own signature. Something that others will want to copy as well. Something that’ll be uniquely yours. Try different things. Dwelve in cartoons even when you’re into realistic things. Just to better yourself.
And here’s a thought:
Can we make it socially acceptable to be comfortable, as artists, to cite our inspiration? To say;; hey, I tried this artist’s style today. Here’s how it turned out!! Because there must be a reason why we don’t do it. And maybe it’s some untold social construct?
I don’t know. I just think we should move past it.