I admit. I tend to be somewhat out of touch with whatever is going on in the TF/Inflation community. I may jump the gun a lot or side with what the majority would consider "The wrong people". Here's the thing:I'm loyal to my friends. I don't care how good your art or your writing is. As long as you have a good heart, and a sense of humor and justice, I got your back.
I'm not gonna name names. But I feel like a lot of members of the community are turning a blind eye to some of the callous treatment others have been getting of late. I've had no less than four conversations this week talking about how good friends of mine had their art dumped on just because it wasn't up to some standard set by the person it was gifted to. They of course refuse to call this person out on such shitty ungrateful behavior because the person in question is apparently some cult of personality within the TF/Inflation community, and could never do any wrong oh no.
The art of bullying isn't just about crippling one's self esteem for funzies. Sometimes the worst bullies are the ones who pretend to be your friend, they lure you in with kindness, presents, and compassion, and then turn on you when the time is right, because they know you won't fight back. Why would you? He's been such a good friend! It's totally all your fault for not being good enough. This isn't even the scariest part of it. Sometimes the person becomes that way over time due to exposure to fame, and being showered with praise and money and they aren't even aware of how they're alienating everyone good in their lives.
Or maybe they've always been that way and just use their skills as a means of baiting people into being their punching bags. You never know.
I'm probably going to get a lot of flak for posting this, but I don't care. It needs to be said. If you're an artist and you have an exceptional fanbase. Never get on the pedestal. Don't alienate yourself from your friends for the sake of money or getting better. And for those of you who follow artists who you feel are better than you, don't bother if they treat you like dirt. Save your praise for people who truly deserve it. Save your praise for the artists out there who have earned it by treating you to the same amount of respect and kindness you feel you deserve.