Nazstuck is a perfect example of what is wrong with the Homestuck fandom.
Someone spent time, energy, and money on making a Nazistuck cosplay. They genuinely thought it was a good idea, they think it’s an okay thing to do.
The problem is, they were right. No, I don’t mean…
Not to sound rude, but not the whole fandom is okay with this…I think it’s a stupid and horrid idea. But there is that thing, what is it, ah yes. What the fuck would we do? I mean sure, people can send some idiotic anon hate and say how much they hate it. But that won’t get anyone anywhere. So don’t be an idiot and go off saying the whole fucking fandom is racist and shit because you don’t know what your saying. Golly.
I understand the desire to defend a fandom that might have provided a safe space for you, at one point, or currently. However, it isn’t a safe place for many people. This isn’t the only example of Homestuck fans perpetuating racism.
Unfortunately, I’m not certain this is even the most extreme example. When I first started my voice acting and Homestuck blog (this one), I followed almost everyone back automatically. Eventually, I had to unfollow hundreds of blogs, and it was a gradual process. The reason being that racist jokes; racist sprite edits; racist fanart; racist comments — were literally flooding my dashboard.
Now, most of the fans posting/reblogging those images were unaware that the images were, in fact, racist. I was unaware of it too, of course, because I’m white, and I often don’t see past my privileges. However, when these fans were individually addressed for perpetuating racism, they reacted with defensiveness, and, in quite a few alarming cases, blatant racism.
I’ve never been personally hurt by racism, because, as I mentioned previously, I am white. Racism doesn’t affect me, as an individual. I didn’t unfollow those people because I was offended, or hurt, by the casual bigotry they spread; I did it because by supporting, in any small way, a group of racists — I was also perpetuating racism.
When a person tries to address a topic that is personally devastating, hurtful, or offensive to them, like references to the Holocaust, and to Nazism (which is still an active force today, unfortunately), they should be listened to. Telling them not to be “rude” because not every fan is like that…is derailment. It makes it easier for people to disregard dehumanization and bigotry, because it constantly redirects the focus to the hurt feeling of fans, instead of the pain of people who are affected by these issues.
To be perfectly honest, every instance in which a fan says “not all the Homestuck fans are like that,” I realize just how like that we truly are. It’s a shame, because if we admitted we have issues to work through, we might be able to make this a safe fandom for everyone; and not just a select few.
I’m sorry if this came off as confrontational, but I tend to write that way when people are condescending and vague, and perfectly fit the “‘enlightened’ apologetic white” troupe, so please forgive me and know that I’m more interested in you answering my question instead of arguing without answering.