Now I normally do not do anything like this. . . I don't rant in my journal posts. I typically don't sling mud. However, there are certain codes of behavior that should be observed and since some people can't be held to a rational mature code of behavior. How about we give examples of what is not socially acceptable and let them reap the consequences of their actions, hmm? First allow me to link people to a series of screenshots that were taken of a journal that has since been deleted since the original writer apparently feared "consequences" of their actions. From us, "a pack of dogs", who took no notice of their inexcusable lapse of common sense.
Now here is the first series of screenshots: sta.sh/0tech9ki5zasta.sh/01xcb79m3jc4sta.sh/0m5sgub9gak
Spelling errors and the butchering of grammar and the English language aside, this is the response given when the following happened:
1. This person came onto a third party site called livestream. Over a course of three months, they harassed the artist and others in the stream, consistently threatening to commit suicide, for various reasons, usually because they were told to be quiet. Telling the artist that his artwork would not be "good" unless the breasts of the characters exceeded the size of their heads, and last but not least, feeling the need to explain about their sexuality, which is all recorded on the livestream. The least offensive of these examples is a quote that still irks several regular and long time viewers, they said repeatedly until banned "I am bisexual. But I am not a lesbian. Because I only like guys." Obviously Webster's dictionary is not something they refer to regularly.
2. When they were told that no one cared about their sexuality or lack thereof, the threats of causing harm to themselves began. How cruel we are to tell them that no one cares about their preferences, that no one wants to hear it. How offensive it is to beat people over the head with the subject and their lack of knowledge of the actual definition of their claimed sexuality. The last thing they said to the entire livestream, of which there were 20+ witnesses of this event, was and I quote, " You are so mean to me, I never did anything to you. How can you do this to me, if you don't apologize I will leave forever, and you will be why I cut myself and even kill myself!" unquote. This is not proof of a stable mind. Professional help was advised at the time, and most likely ignored.
3. Late last night, they reappeared on this livestream. I am a mod of this stream and I remembered their prior antics. So, when they started on the same kind of antics about their sexuality and basic attitude, I informed them that they were remembered. To quote myself exactly it was "Gecko, I remember you. Behave." Apparently this friendly warning was taken as an attack instead of instructions to not abuse those in the stream. Well, in their mind well meant warnings are not to be tolerated. As seen above in their journal post. Unfortunately, it did not stop there.
4. Feeling that they couldn't be "mistreated" this way, this person immediately started sending mods and others in the livestream, notes on dA, messages over skype, and sending their friends to harass people because they have the immature and misguided belief that they have been wronged. Here is an example of this: i.imgur.com/6aZb7.png
I may be wrong, but this consists of harassment in my opinion. Against the terms of service of deviant Art, I'm sure appropriate steps will be taken by the administrators of this site in due time. In the meantime, why don't we clarify a few things? I have a couple of questions to ask those who blindly decide to attack people.
How dare you or anyone else trivialize the service anyone who has served their country has given?
How dare you or anyone else attempt to negate the strides someone has taken to overcome a disability for your own mistaken sense of self worth?
Want a couple of definitions to help you? Here you go:
veteran |ˈvetərən; ˈvetrən|
a person who has served in the military.
color-blind (also colorblind)
unable to distinguish certain colors, or (rarely in humans) any colors at all
bisexual |bīˈsek sh oōəl|
a person who is sexually attracted to both men and women.
aggressive pressure or intimidation
immature |ˌiməˈ ch oŏr; -ˈt(y)oŏr|
(of a person or their behavior) having or showing emotional or intellectual development appropriate to someone younger
deficient |diˈfi sh ənt|
insufficient or inadequate
a stupid person.
The first few are to help you realize that you really need to keep a dictionary on hand so that those who would dare try to dismiss others can actually understand what they are saying. The last describe in detail what this type of behavior amounts to. Webster's dictionary is remarkably able to clarify these terms for you if you are having difficulty.
To those who share my concerns that such behavior is actually acceptable by anyone, regardless of age, nationality, race, sexuality or gender;
How long are we going to silently condone acts like this?
I can only say that for myself, I refuse to condone the level of asinine acts of people who are too self-entitled and self-absorbed to pay attention to the world around them. This is my statement against the blind bigotry and idiocy that seems to be consuming the members of the community and I urge all those with standards and minds of their own to show their support for those who have had enough.
Tell a service member you appreciate them.
Support artists who are not going to sit idly on perceived laurels of their success, but constantly improve and strive to become better.
Don't condone with silence, the type of behavior that is being displayed in the community.
Seek to enlighten and instruct. Don't let those who want to improve their minds and talents languish lost in the miasma of ignorance and petty name calling.
In short: Don't be a Gecko or their friends.
Well, apparently my post did not go over well, here is their response.sta.sh/01g1w47bpdfd
And to someone else, because they seem to think that someone else is responsible for my post: i.imgur.com/OjdDM.png