Hey! So, Coming Out Day is coming up soon (Oct. 11) and I just want to post a very stern reminder to NOT out anyone without their explicit permission.
Do NOT out anyone.
morivan asked: So, like... I've been a fan of things before, but I've never been in a 'fandom', till Homestuck. But, are Ex-Homestucks more mean spirited and rude than most or is that just me? Cause it doesn't seem like other ex-fans are quite so hateful about whatever they used to like, but ex-homestucks ALWAYS seem to really hardcore sneer at homestuck fans.
Nah, I’ve kinda seen it with lots of things. Bands, shows, whatnot. It’s usually worse the younger the person. I think it’s sort of like…
Okay, remember when every child under 6 was into Barney? Like, everyone pre-K watched Barney. It was what kids watched. I remember very clearly sitting on my dad’s knee- I was small enough to fit onto one knee then- watching an episode with an orange kitten in it on a Sunday afternoon. It was a little kid’s show, everyone watched it. (This was long before lots of kids-only channels, too.)
Kindergarten, lots of kids still liked Barney, sang the songs, played the games. By first grade, suddenly everyone hated it, and hated it with vitriol. Like, made up new songs like “I hate you, you hate me, let’s all go kill Barney” and so on. It was used as an insult, “go home and watch Barney” and etc.
Why is that? Well, as kids grow and change, they want to dismiss what was immediately behind them as proof of their maturity, and their status as a grownup. This is true for a long time. In an effort to try ad affirm who they are now, they dismiss who they used to be, and that includes everything they liked. Eventually people reach a point where they just say, “oh, hey, wow, those were good times, I was sure into that,” but a lot of the Ex-HS hate I’m seeing kind of smacks of kids tearing up old fandoms and aspects of themselves from back then they’re embarrassed about.
(This of course, isn’t counting people who just got to a “meh” stage in the story, and don’t care one way or the other. It also isn’t talking about people who were wounded by assholes in the fandom and got out while they still could because it left awful memories. This is more about people who have moved on from Homestuck and heckle people still into it.)