Everywhere I go on this site, I see people fighting for a better future. Whether it be for the LGBTQ+, Black Lives Matter, it’s always something.
But then when a “celebrity” gets involved, it all goes to absolute pot. Yes, I’m referring to the whole incident revolving around Pewdiepie and his anti-semetic humour and the people that are speaking out about this, such as @therealjacksepticeye, @markiplier and others.
There is no denying that what Pewds did was ridiculous and just straight up bang out of order. He’s lost a lot of privileges because of these stunts and there’s no excuse and no amount of apologies that he can make that will make it go away any time soon. But because of these stunts, we’ve resorted to arguments, death threats, petty insults, the list goes on.
Allow me to ask you this: How does this make us any better?
Then you have people, friends of Pewdiepie, who have genuine thoughts on the situation, who are affected by the collateral damage this situation has brought on them, yet still want to look at the situation in more depth and try to point out that he may have been stupid, but he’s not inherently a bad person. He’s just made bad choices.
Many people have blasted Jack for what he said about Pewds. About him offering support to a friend, about how this has affected his work in “Scare Pewdiepie” and how he allegedly “stabbed his friend in the back”, Keemstar being a prime example. But because of this support, he’s been labelled a “Nazi sympathizer”, among other crude things that I won’t go into.
Now let me ask you this: If your friend had done something stupid enough to ruin literally months and months of hard work that you had a part in, wouldn’t you be mad at them? If they were clearly suffering from all the abuse thrown at them, wouldn’t you at least console them a little?
Jack’s message is that “no matter how stupid somebody is being, or how much you disagree with their actions, you can still offer them support.”
Let’s talk about Mark now. Like the others, he does not condone the actions of Pewds, but at the same time, he’s not just talking about Pewds. He has a rather different approach to this situation than Jack or most others do because he’s addressing EVERYONE. He doesn’t condone the actions of anyone who spreads hate, violence, racism, the list goes on.
But his message is different to Jack’s. It’s RESPECT.
We can sit here and chew at each other’s throats all day, we can accuse Mark of sympathizing with Nazi’s and accuse him of not addressing real serious issues like wars and such.
We can say that anyone with a positive outlook on this situation is hurtful, offensive, dehumanizing, the list goes on… But that’s just too easy. We’ll be here all day and never get anywhere.
Let me ask you one final thing: If somebody is being genuinely nice to you, would you offer them a warm handshake, or would spit in their face and put them down?
Likewise, if they were being cruel and offensive, would you punch them square in the face, or would you offer a civil counter argument and dissolve the situation calmly?
Mark’s message to us is “Respect comes in many forms. You don’t have to be nice to each other. You don’t have to hold hands and compliment each other. You don’t have to even like each other but while hate breeds, we’ll never get anywhere. Treat others how you’d like to be treated. They’ll see they’re wrong in the end.”
TL;DR: The road to a better future isn’t immediate. It’s long and winding. It may not be tomorrow, it may not be next week, next month or next year. But show some support. Offer a compliment. Give a suggestion. Treat others how you would like to be treated. Show support when and where you can, however you can. Be the better person.
We don’t have long on this planet and life is too short to sit here arguing and hating. We can fix this world. All it takes is a hello here and a sugar cookie there. I believe in you all, just like I always have. We can get through this together, like we always have.
Oh, and some may wonder what my thoughts are on subjects like this and the subjects of the world. Well, these are my thoughts.
I think we as a fandom should have like a day some time soon where we all just watch the musical at roughly the same time and live blog or whatever. We could use websites like Rabb.it to watch it together or whatever
Things the CW has done to Supergirl:
-remove Cat Grant
-make James Olsen a background character
-make Winn less important also
-make J'onn less important
-(don’t know if this counts but letting everyone believe Maggie is a poc?? When she’s actually Italian)
-the gay relationship that has been building up longer then the straight relationship still has shorter kisses
-queerbait. multiple things like ;
-advertise episodes as ‘Sanvers episodes’ when in reality they had less than 5 minutes of screen time
- (not sure if the stuff with Lena counts but that’s gay as hell)
-advertise the Supergirl “crossover” episode when only the last 30 seconds have crossover
-introduce a new white male character that eventually becomes the star of the show
-let the same new character emotionally manipulate those around him
-that same emotionally abusive male character now gets the girl, too
-suddenly everyone likes him and encourages Kara to like him despite not feeling the same way only an episode ago
-should be expected from a CW show, they hate women and POC it seems
-basically erase any sort of character development for Kara in order for her to like Mon El
-has the valentines episode as two arrogant men trying to kill each other over a girl
There has been a bunch of hate and well…just a ton of opinions flying around and that’s fine it’s just that they are so… Violent. I’m talking about all of the violent comments regarding the current videos markiplier an Jacksepticeye posted recently regarding Felix’s “joke” and here is the thing,
yes Felix made a mistake. BUT he realized what he did was wrong and apologized for it. There is no reason to act in a violent manner. I’m not saying you have to love the guy, personally I’m not a fan, I don’t prefer his style and that’s alright, doesn’t mean I hate him he still is a good guy! I’m not going to “hate” him for what he said, he realized what he did was wrong and tried to fix it. I’m not saying ignore what has happened, I’m saying that if you disagree then state it in a calm and rational way, this applies to anything that you don’t agree with in all. You can state why you disagree in a calm and civilized fashion. This is much more effective than a violent response of insults and claims that most of the time don’t have enough evidence to prove, (a.k.a Felix is a nazi) if you only yell insults when you disagree though, well things will escalate rapidly to a violent argument that no longer focuses on the issue at hand. Regarding Markipliers video on respect, everyone is human. There is no use in labeling and “dehumanizing” those that you feel are wrong. I believe that he is in the right mindset about respect in all. We ARE all human and insulting one another does nothing but keeps us from calmly discussing and maybe even handling our issues. I’m not saying ignore disrespect thrown at the things that you are willing to fight passionately for, in fact I’m saying explain why you disagree, go for it! In a calm and rational AND civilized manner. I don’t mean to lecture or offend, I’m jut stating my own opinion. If you wish to discuss wether you agree or disagree please, I would be happy to talk with you about it!
At the end of the day though we are all human, what sets us apart is our ability to realize when we have made a mistake, apologize for it, realize why it was wrong, learn from it and move on.
So how about an Otayuri mafia AU where Yurio is the rebellious troublemaker grandson of the mob boss and Otabek is hired to protect him (from himself, and others). Because I can’t stop thinking about it :’)