Recently, a few people have raised their hands in comment threads here just to do me the favor of letting me know how offended they are at some of my work. The offending images range from a My Little Pony piece all the way to my Hitalia boys clothed in their nations flags.
To my mind, the purpose of art is to invoke a reaction, be it love, hate, lust, disgust, joy, etc....
That being said, when someone takes valuable time out of their day to type out the words "I find this very offensive" or "I am offended by this", I cannot help but sigh.
Do these people think that the internet and all it's wealth information and imagery was made specifically for them? Do they think that because they voice their personal rant against a piece that it will somehow cause that image to not exist anymore? Is the phrase "I'm offended" like a magic wand that can be waved about till all the naughty and nasty things that bother us go away?
The answer is "NO".
Stephen Fry had this to say about that: 'It's now very common to hear people say, "I'm rather offended by that", as if that gives them certain rights. It's no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. "I'm offended by that." Well, so fucking what?' —Stephen Fry
So fucking what, indeed, Sir.
Again and again I reply to the phrase "I'm offended" with ........"and?". Again and again I find that no one can give me a valid reason to care.
Here's the long and short of it: If you were to come across a piece that I have done that you personally do not care for...move along. Just move right along to something that will make you happy. Because, you see, it's not my job to pander to the lowest common denominator. It's my job to create whatever I so chose to create. A caps lock tirade on an internet comment thread is not going to stop me or change what I do in any way. In fact, it lights a fire in my belly to go even further, to push harder in the offending direction.
So, to all you wonderful and lovely people who truly do enjoy my work, THANK YOU. You are amazing. I mean that.
And to anyone I may have offended in this journal entry...."So fucking what?"
Listening to: Netfix