Listen, I wasn’t going to say anything but this has been sitting on my chest for a while and with the whole dibs situation going on I need to say my peace.
Y'all do know that not everything is about race, right? Sometimes there’s a situation going on with a particular character that sparks an influx of head canons for them. Or sometimes someone just feels a personal connection to one of the characters which is why a lot of their content is geared towards them.
Personally, I don’t wake up each day thinking “What new content can I come up with today?” I read the comic and then things pop into my brain. Or I’ll come across something in my own life and think “This is something this character would do or say.” It’s all by chance. Some days there’s a lot of Nursey and/or Dex. Some days there’s a lot of Ransom and/or Holster. Some days there’s a lot of Chowder or Kent or Lardo or Shitty. Some days there’s absolutely nothing. That’s how it goes.
If someone is creating content for a character that is racist, obviously that’s an issue that needs to be addressed. But claiming that an influx of content for one character who’s white means that the people creating it are racist is a stretch. You can not force anyone to make content for any particular character. Unless you are paying them, that is not a right that you have. If you’re unhappy with the content that is available for one character, create it yourself. Or pay someone to create it for you.
Also… I think it’s interesting how y'all want to complain about content for the white side characters like Dex and Holster and Kent but you don’t say a word about how much content there is for Jack and Bitty, a fully white couple. The overwhelming majority of the content created in this fandom is Zimbits but the only time I ever see any racism claims is when there’s something going on with a side character. Is your problem actually because of racism or is it just because your favorite character doesn’t get as much content as you want them to?
There are so many things I love about Skin Deep and Rumbelle.
But one of my absolute favourite twists on OUAT is that their Beauty and the Beast story starts with ending a war. I… can’t really explain why, but the idea that Beauty in this story is not simply making a deal with the Beast to save her father (or -in some versions- is basically being sold by her father who already made the deal with the Beast so he would let him go home), this Beauty is a peacemaker. OUAT’s Belle is a nobelwoman in a town under siege. A nobelwoman in a war council room, who is kind and gentle but at the same time has this incredible strength to her. She is someone who is not just capable of finding solutions that others wouldn’t have thought of (in this case summoning the Dark One) she is also the person who is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her people. The stakes are much higher than in any other BatB adaptation I know and that just gives this really interesting vibe to that very first scene.
But it’s not just that it made (at least to me) Belle someone who is instantly a fascinating character. I also love how the Ogre Wars are something that played an extremely important role in both Rumple’s and Belle’s lives.
I mean, here we have these two people who couldn’t come from more different backgrounds, born 300 years apart… and yet… war brings them together, in a way. The same kind of war, that so long ago ruined Rumplestiltskin’s life and ultimately made him who he is (after all if there were no Ogre Wars, he wouldn’t have become the Dark One).
But it’s also interesting what kind of role they played in the Ogre Wars. Rumple was a soldier, who suffered because the nobels who ruled that territory (probably) couldn’t care less for their subjects. Rumple in that situation didn’t have any power or privilege. 300 years later he is the one with all the power, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he finds himself fascinated by- and later falls for this young noblewoman, who is willing to give up all her privilege and her freedom to save her own subjects. Belle becomes what Rumplestiltskin once was (a peasant/servant, someone whose life is basically in the hands of their master(s)) -what fate he later escaped from!- willingly, so she can save people like Spinner Rumple and Bae. And I don’t think that’s something Rumplestiltskin saw many times in his long life.
There are many important things about Rumbelle, and the Ogre Wars being a shared experience (even if from totally different POV’s - but imo, that’s what makes it interesting) is probably not one of the most important ones. But damn, it’s fascinating.
Y’ALL ARE SO WILD FOR BEING HERE I honestly have no idea how to even comprehend that this many people want to see my trash ramblings on their dash every day.
Deciding to make a multi muse blog has easily been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my deep, dark history of Tumblr rp’ing for the sheer fact that it’s introduced me to so many amazing people across multiple fandoms. The amount of talent I see on my dash every day frequently leaves me speechless, and occasionally climbing into your IM’s to scream at you for something you’ve posted that’s emotionally destroyed me. You all have given your characters their own life and their own voice, and it is an honor and a privilege to watch you guys do you thing every dang day.
Not only are you guys incredible writers, graphic/edit/etc makers, and heart breakers, YOU’RE ALL RAYS OF GD SUNSHINE TOO?!?! It’s not right for there to be this many flawless people. Honestly. I see friendships and conversations in mun posts and find myself grinning like an idiot at my computer screen because you’re all the funniest, most genuine people on the block and for whatever reason, you let me admire your beauty and grace and I’m truly #blessed
I’m lucky enough to talk to some of you every day, and others I haven’t even interacted with yet (WTTFFF???) but admire you from afar, SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, here are all the great people that I’d gladly follow into battle, off a cliff, or fight a bear for.
SO NOW FOR THE POTENTIALLY?? FUN PART!! If you’d like a graphic for your character, and you are following me (as it is a follower appreciation after all) please feel free to message me “✸ GARBAGE GANG APPRECIATION✸“ with the name of your character if you’ve got more than one, and I’ll make your babe a little aesthetic graphic! Recent examples can be found here and here and here
THANK YOU GUYS AGAIN FOR FOLLOWING ME, I love you more than I can properly put into words.
WOO okay i’m ready!! so i’m rach & in the est & very very excited for this group tbh?? i applied so fast i literally messed up my first app lmfao.
so yeah basically hmu if ur tryna plot something, but i’ll def slide in ur dms at some point too! and under the cut there’s a lil about my babe rome who i kinda modeled after rikki from h20 bc it be like that sometimes lol