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“People would rather imagine that they’re a beleaguered hero than that they’re creating imaginary enemies because they’re bored” October 27, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in Fandom, Meta.
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Title quoted from this Twitter conversation (Ian JQ co-develops Steven Universe, Alex Hirsch created Gravity Falls), which starts with a flat “let people draw whatever fanart they want.”

Slacktivist has a ton of posts about this phenomenon as it affects the religious right in the US. Under the tag “satanic baby-killers”, because that’s the horrifying imaginary monster that’s always getting invoked.

For the Wannabe-Progressive Kids On Tumblr version, the tag would be “problematic pedophiles.”

This latest is inspired by a Tumblr dogpile of an SU fanartist that got so bad she’s in the hospital. FFA has details. Accusations range from “she drew teenage characters in bikinis, WHAT A MONSTER” to “she didn’t draw this Jewish guy stereotypically enough, which makes it erasure” to “in the scenery of this picture, there’s an object that was copied and pasted!! Think of the artistic integrity!”

There may be one actual child predator involved in this — a guy the artist met when she was 13, who got friendly enough with her that she did at least one art request for him. I have no idea if this is legit or just another case of frothing-accusations-out-of-thin-air, but the Tumblr mob believes it…

…and they’re using it as more ammunition to harass the artist.

Because when adult male pedophiles cultivate the friendship and emotional attachment of 13-year-old girls, that’s somehow the fault of the 13-year-old girls.

Everyone involved in this needs to go sit in a quiet room and reread their own words until the reasons why this is wrong soak in. And they can’t go back on the Internet until they’re done.

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