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might have written a similar journal along the same line recently, but I wanted to throw in my two cents because really people? Really?
It's not okay to jump on someone's artwork with snide remarks or ship-shaming comments like, 'Nice, but I hate this character/ship' or 'This is a lovely piece, but it's a pity about the pairing. I'm going to imagine it's [enter preferred ship or character] instead'. No. Fuck you. That's not critique. That picture is X and Y, and you have no fucking right to comment with that sort of selfish bullshit on someone else's hard work. There are plenty of characters and pairings out there that I dislike with a passion, but I don't search them out and trample all over the artist's feelings. If you want to pretend that characters X and Y are actually your favourite ship, that's fine. But the polite thing to do is keep it to your damn self. Why the need to tell the artist when you bloody well know that wasn't their intention - that their hard work was not in support of your character or ship, but for their own passion and interests?
Grr, sorry, I've just come across a few pieces with similar comments like this lately and it made me feel pretty terrible for the artists. I've had comments like that myself and it's just such a kick in the gut. Critique I can happily take, but those sort of comments just rub me up the wrong way. Manners, they're important.
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