“No one is targeting artists because of their politics”
“No one is targeting artists because of their politics”. That’s a line that i’ve heard a lot from the social justice circles every time an artist is censored, or is attacked so much that they self-censor. It’s a line i’ve read several times in the last week directed at me, when i have commented in social media about some new attack upon myself. I think my experiences over this last week are a clear example on how, yes, artists are being targeted because of their politics, everytime those politics diverge from the progressive ideology.
I’ve always been an artist who does adult content. My hentai creations have been placed on the internet for more than a decade, and i’ve never had any problems because of it. Yeah, sometimes i got a drawing banned from deviantart, but they were very sporadic things, and usualy deserved; one every 2-3 years at most. No one ever wrote anything about what a horrible person i was for doing erotic fanarts and such.
Since i publicy became a gamergate supporter, the ammount of reports i’ve gotten on art sites have increased, many times in very underserved cases (i got a drawing pulled because the characters had sweat. Yes, sweat…) as well as the amount of people lying about me on blogs and such. And i don’t mean making critiques of me, i mean outright lies (one guy even wrote about how i voted for some candidate in the past US elections, which is interesting considering i’m a spaniard living in Spain). Not only that, but my website began to have attemps to break in. At some point i was receiving more than 50 attempts to break in each day, until i upgraded my security.
But this broke into a new level when i was announced as a finalist for best Fan artist at the Hugo awards. Then people in the social justice circles discovered that i support gamergate, and since then, interesting things have been happening one after the other (aside from the wave of verbal attacks, of course).
First one of my gamergate related works got reported and banned from deviantart. Then someone picked a cheap fanart that i was commissioned to do, about a half nude Ms.marvel, and tried to frame me as a pedophile, because aparently the character has 16 in the original canon (something i even didn’t know), ignoring the fact that the character body was adult. This story was writen about in (as far as i know) a blog and then in a comic news article, expanding the idea that i’m a pedophile for an anime style fanart thats no different than the millions upon millions of anime character fanarts out there, and that i was somehow a terrible threat for teenagers out there who have their heroes destroyed by evil me. I was reported in devianart for “pedophilia” and the drawing was taken down. I got reported on twitter. The attemps to break into my website have come arround again. Then they contacted my advertising affiliates, telling them i was hosting child pornography, so they would cease to advertise with me. They acepted a middle ground solution at first, but then they changed their policies, and now i can no longer receive their service. Yes, and advertising website changed their policies just because of me… and just yesteday some guys where trying to get MARVEL to SUE ME because of a fanart!
But hey, i’m sure all of this is just a coincidence! this has nothing to do with the Hugo awards or gamergate. I’m sure it’s just that a whole lot of people randomly decided the same week to try to fuck me up in every way they could, right? this can’t possibly be related with people from a particular ideology, pissed off because someone with the wrong opinions got a Hugo nomination.
Let’s not be cynics here. It’s clear as the day that everything that has happened to me this week has been political. If it wasn’t the ms.marvel image, it would have been anything else. They would have attacked me because of some character of my comics or some shit. Maybe because my main character for comics is a black woman, but she’s not represented in the way they like, or because she’s a lesbian and they would call me a homophobe with some stupid excuse. It would have been whatever they could come up to, because in the end this is happening because i have a Hugo nomination and i’m openly against the progressive, social justice, crybully, perpetualy ofended ideology this people have.
So yes, artists are being targeted because of politics. Specificaly we are being targeted for not being “progressive enough”, by people who feel that anything is justified if it’s for their “cause”, people who feel they are so moraly superior that they can go to sleep peacefuly after trying to destroy someones career just because they have a different opinion on social topics. You can ask plebcomics about how she had to left her job after being attacked for making comics about Tumblr, ask Frank Cho about the attacks he receives just for doing sexy poses, ask Tarol hunt how feminists tried to ruin him just because they didn’t liked how he portrayed a rape victim in his comic. The list goes on. You can try to dismiss it with lines like “no one is targeting artists” or “there’s not a regressive left conspiracy” to make it sound unrealistic, but it’s a fact that there is a group of people who goes out of their way to punish artists for their ideologies.
Unfortunately for you, i will keep doing this stuff, now more than ever, and the more you try to take me down, they more i’ll do. Doing this only helps to make me more disgusted of social justice and how it’s advocates operate.