Has anyone ever been in the fandom long enough that they've seen the first few months of the fandom that wasn't screwed up and no one cared about shipping wars and just watched for the history and the bishies?
Was that even what the fandom was like during the first few months? Tell me, what was it like?
CLARIFICATION OF OPINION- HETALIA
I've been to Tumblr blogs and I've been to hate groups and I've seen and encountered ignorant weaboos.
OK, first, let's tackle the 'fact' that anti-groups are useless and a waste of time.
Guess what, fellow Hetalia fans, it is not.
Alright, look at it in a broader, more... realistic way. See, have you ever turned on the television to find that the events on the news are... Um, for example, a protest against a clammy and corrupt government. Then this protesters form a group. Let's label it, 'Anti-insert nationality here- Government Group'. And most of the time, you say:
"Oh my God! Such a corrupt government. I'll support this anti-group to get rid of this foul government."
However, why is it that when we form something as an anti-insert pairing or character here- group, you rant about it and say it's a waste of time? And this is a very small matter compared to the given example? It is that group's opinion and you can't force them to change their view on what they believe is right and wrong. It's a gathering of people who agree on one opinion. Don't butt in on their activities and type something mean. That makes you look one hell of a bastard.
Then the anti-character thing.
'Ermagherd, you hate/like -insert name of character here-? You're such a weirdo.'
People may hate certain characters. The reasons might be, because he/she isn't kawaii desu, he/she has a strange, unattractive personality, or he/she is a cockblock to your favorite pairing.
If you like a certain character that one does not normally like, they might think you're weird. Stick to what you like, don't change just because of someone else's opinion.
If you hate a certain character that most of the fandom likes, they will think you know nothing about the show, or you're weird. You have reasons. Just because the entire fandom likes it doesn't mean you should like it too.
Sure, hate a character. Hate Germany, hate China, hate France, I shan't give any shit. It's your opinion. Hate that character, like that character. It's a free world, people.
Next, let's talk about this anti-pairing matter.
'BAAAAWWW! Y U NO LIEK -insert pairing here-?!!!11!!1one!one THAT IS NOT RIGHT YOU SHOULD STOP HATING ON THIS PAIRING YOU IMMATURE LITTLE SHIT!!!!1!1'
Just like what I said above in the anti-group thing, it's their opinion. They have reasons for hating it. Whether be it that it's not historically correct, it's not cute, it's not canon, it doesn't make sense, or the more vain reasons, such as it gets in the way of your OTP.
See, this is the reason why people have such a low opinion on us fans. We bicker over such small things. 'MY PAIRING IS BETTER THAN THAT!' and those kind of crap make us look like the hooligans of the Anime fandom. Learn to be decent and respect one another's opinion, mm'kay, darl'n?
I can say anything I want freely. Well, unless if I live in North Korea. I can say, 'Screw UsUk!' without giving a damn at what others think. Because this is my opinion, and this is what I say. I have freedom of speech. You can't judge other people on what they like though, because that's just stupid. I can bash that shitty pairing, man, as long as I don't shove it down other's throats or judge them because they like something I hate.
Besides, there's no point in doing these Shipping Wars. What Himaruya says, the staff does, and Hetalia happens. It's all in Himaruya's hand to make pairings possible.
'OMG! U HAET -insert pairing here-?! YOU CAN GO DIE IN A HOLE YOU BITCH!!!11!1one!'
This is probably the thing I hate the most in this fandom.
If you have a different opinion or different likes and dislikes with another person, that does not give you a warrant to tell that person to 'go kill themselves'. That makes you look childish and immature.
Clarification of opinion- General
You cannot critique someone on their race. You cannot critique someone on their nationalities.
However, you can critique someone on their religion, on their taste of music, on their favorite color etc.
The reasons being:
- It is their opinion. What they think is best, is what they want. What they think is bullshit, they hate on it. You can't change it; they aren't your dolls for you to decide what they want.
'Geez, you like that band? Might as well go screw yourself.'
Critiquing is for improvement, guys.
- It's a mere idea. An opinion is merely your idea, whether it be a sincerely held belief (religion) or a simple idea (pairing matters).
TL;DR: Bitch, don't force your opinions down other's throats and don't tell them to go screw themselves.
Thanks for reading this, it really means a lot to me! Anything to add here? Inform me!
If you'd please, may you read my other Hetalia journals:
Incestuous Ships of Hetalia
My Opinion on Hetalia Pairings
What Hetalia is About