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Remember when I was posting some journals about artist taboos and I had a couple more to talk about? Here's one of them, though it doesn't just relate to artists it's just kinda an all around taboo I wish would end.

Perceived Rivalry Hatred

Basically it works like this: You say you dislike something and immediately get attacked by people who either defend the thing you said you disliked, or accuse you of being a supporter of it's supposed rival (whether this has any basis in reality or not). It also works on things you like, things you're indifferent to, or anything really. EVERYTHING has a supposed default rival. Movies, TV, Video Games, Ideologies, Words, Phrases, etc. Everything.

Say you're an atheist? Automatically means you hate all Christians.
Say you like the X-Box 360? Automatically means you hate Sony.
Say you like the PS3? Automatically means you hate Microsoft.
You liked a Marvel movie? Guys you hate the DC stuff.
You like Chocolate Ice Creme? Fuck you and your vanilla bias!
Love Simpsons? Must mean you hate Family Guy!
Like Family Guy? Must mean you hate South Park!
You liked the Jack Nicholson's Joker? How dare you disrespect Heath Ledger!
You like western animation? What've you got against ANIME you otaku hater?
Have an issue with the way women are portrayed in media? YOU MUST BE A FEMINAZI! BURN THEM!
Like Hunger Games? Hey! We have this series called Harry Potter, maybe you should read it you noob.

Of course, none of this stuff is actually written down anywhere. It's just sort of a general assumption that a vast majority of people make, and it can fluctuate between individuals quite a bit, to the point where some people will come in and not have any idea that there is even a problem and get attacked for not knowing something so "obvious!"

And when it comes to art it can get pretty ugly. Giving any sort of critical analysis on a work automatically translate into you being a hater or someone who hates the artwork itself, which is kinda silly too. There are plenty of movies and books that I absolutely ADORE that have stuff in them I don't like. Being critical of that doesn't mean I HATE it. In fact, more often than not, when someone is critical of something that usually means they LOVE it.

I'm so sick to death of this perceived binary argumentative mindset. It gets in the way of civilized discussion by automatically assuming that the opposing side is inherently "wrong" or "invalid." It makes people attack and be defensive, rather than respond intellectually. It's just ugly and misguided nonsense I really wish would stop.

Everything is just so... ANGRY all the time. I know text on the internet can be hard to decipher inflection and tone and what not, but I'd like to think that it's possible that people can overcome this and not just leap to the default setting of "OMG SOMEONE IS ATTACKING THIS THING I LIKE" and rushing to it's defense instead of having a polite conversation where ideas and values are expressed and discussed. Call me naive or optimistic, but I think we as a human race are better than that.
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Strudel--Cutie4427 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013   Writer

I know what you mean...


I love both Marvel and DC ((I mean c'mon people, pointy-eared odd-colored dudes are totally win, especially since it was X-Men Evo that got me hooked on TT))
Digimon and Pokémon are both amazing ((Though I'm kinda wishing Pokémon would just quit now - I love it and all, but when you make Jessie become "Jessimina" Or whatever she's called now, that's when you should've stopped))
I like pairings of practically any nature ((But I see them as who it's portraying, not what sexuality it is. That said, I can't deny that I like gay pairings more often than straight ones))
I believe in God, but I don't agree with everything in Christianity. ((Case in point - I'm getting my hair cut tomorrow))
South Park icks me with a passion, but if someone likes it, so what?
I like both the older and newer Alvin And The Chipmunks

I'm fairly laid back, and always try to show respect for others, because I know that everyone is different. I believe that everyone can like what they like, dislike what they dislike, and be so-so what they want, as long as:
A) They aren't being harmful/hurtful to others. ((Hopefully not themselves either, but it's their life, and all I can do is try to make suggestions))
B) They stay civil about it and respect my decision as I try to do to them.
c) They don't just assume without getting the facts. ((It only makes an "ASS" out of "U" and "ME"))
d) If someone's uncomfortable with/flatly against you, they don't bring it up and cause an argument.

tangleddreams Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Omigod so true. 
"You don't believe in god? Jerk."
" you play portal? Wtf you're a girl play a dress up game or play wow not that crap."
"You like superheroes? Lesbian.
"You watch mlp? You need to grow the fuck up".
I have heard these before. Not fun. And lets not forget the art veraions
"You use a mobile? You are always gonna be terrible".
SpyroLUVA Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Oh god this pisses me off!  This is responsible for the hate half of my love/hate perspective on fandoms.
Rogue343 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student General Artist
God, this happens to me all the time.
And I see it EVERYWHERE.
The fandoms... jeez, they need a chill pill for bleeding starters...
How come this only has 132 (not including mine) favs... and just 4518 views?
People should she this more.
1ROCKoutLOSERr1 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Its disliking one class tree and liking another even though the its the class tree for the SAME character, I mean come on, I can always make that class if i wanted to >_>
PokeSpeBanette Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
that's....actaully true.
Gold-Oromis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
And then the person is falsely accused to be a troll...-_-
Janemba-Junior Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It goes for characters too, since i said i love Cell from DBZ they all think i hate Gohan and Goku, but nooope i actually had a crush on Gohan until i saw he was meant for Videl. XD
AshpodThePortalFur Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are a furry? Keep your fetish and zoophilia to yourself.
You like Mario? Stop hating on Sonic!
You like Pokemon? There's a thing called MLP.
You like MLP? There's this thing called growing up. 
You like Portal? WTF is Portal, play CoD!

True story, though I'm not much of a MLP fan. 
Chillywolf123 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
I came across this by accident after being attacked for saying I'm atheist and you thanks to you I know that there are still reasonable people out there

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