Cartoon Twitter avatars strike again.
Cancel culture has reached unprecedented heights, and the latest battleground is Twitter's animation fandom community.
The seed of war was planted when popular animator Sr Pelo released his newest video, "Every StoryTime Animation." The video parodies StoryTime Animations (or "STA"), a genre of YouTube cartoons whereby someone tells a personal story alongside animation. Pelo makes fun of almost every major YouTuber in the genre, but it ultimately seems pretty lighthearted.
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Pelo's video drew a lot of praise from the YouTube animation community, many of whom dislike the STA genre.
But Arin Hanson (otherwise known as "Egoraptor"), a well-known animator who currently hosts the Game Grumps web-series, had a different opinion.
"This is mean," Tweeted Hanson, expressing his feeling that making fun of other artists isn't in good fun and actually just hurts feelings.
Whether or not Pelo's video was intentionally mean-spirited or actually offended any of the people it parodied, Hanson was basically just saying that similar experiences hurt him in the past. Apparently, this opinion was enough to set off an angry Twitter mob, leading to "Arin" trending in the US with a constant stream of toxicity pushed by mostly cartoon avatars (naturally).
A lot of the anger directed at Hanson revolved around perceived hypocrisy. Hanson started his career by making animated videos on Newgrounds.com, a popular hub for independent animation in the late 2000s. Much of Hanson's early content was also incendiary, and posters dredged up the absolute worst of it.
One video from 8 years ago shows Hanson and his wife laughing about the n-word.
Another comment Hanson made 8 years ago to another animator wasn't particularly nice.
Obviously, Hanson's prior behavior was problematic; nobody is denying that. But people change a lot over the course of a decade, and Hanson has clearly grown as a person. For some reason, these posters think Hanson being an a**hole when he was younger and changing as he got older is throwing shade at his roots.
Arin had defenders too, of course. Many people viewed everyone making fun of a guy over trying to get people not to make fun of others as awful.
On Pelo's end, he didn't even understand why people were attacking Arin over a pretty innocuous opinion in the first place.
So why did a guy basically saying "bullying isn't cool" lead to people dog-piling him? Because as cancel culture, drama hounds, and the animation fandom community in particular have proven time and time again, they have absolutely no barometer for nuance. Everything is black and white to them. They seem incapable of looking at a situation and thinking, "I thought this video was funny, but someone else didn't and that's okay too."
Many of them seem young, so perhaps their venom is just a sign of immaturity. It's a lot easier to view people's personalities as immutable at 15 years old than it is at 30. Maybe they just don't realize that there's nothing hypocritical about someone being different than they were 10 years ago.
But regardless of their reasoning, these people (not Pelo, but rather his fanbase) are absolutely proving Arin Hanson's point. They are mean. They are bullies. And hopefully, one day, they can change.
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Shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine make cops seem harmless, an illusion tainted with centuries of racism.
Two summers ago, during one of the darkest periods in my personal life, I found solace in Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a sitcom that stars Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, an NYPD detective with an impressive track record of solved cases despite his goofy, unsophisticated demeanor. Since its premiere in 2013, the show has been commended for its representation of LGBTQ+ and BIPOC people; the recurring cast includes two very smart (and never overtly sexualized) Latina women, as well as two Black men in the precinct's top roles. In 2018, the show received a GLAAD Media Award for its depiction of queer characters. Throughout its seven seasons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has addressed serious issues like workplace sexual harassment, reconciling with an absent parent, and coming out to disapproving family members, all while retaining a sharp, tasteful sense of silly humor. Rotten Tomatoes has given multiple seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine a perfect 100% rating, likening it to "comfort food."
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We are highlighting and dissecting the drama of a womanizing pedophile, a racist, and a sl*t-shaming cyberbully—as if these people matter.
Once again, YouTubers have proved that they're the worst subset of people.
It was just revealed that YouTuber ProJared will be separating from his wife, Heidi O' Ferrall. In a statement on Twitter, Jared claimed that Ferrall's "mental wellbeing" and "discretion" will remain "the highest priority" through the divorce. But, according to Ferrall, that's not actually the case. "I recently learned that my husband ProJared has been f**king Holly Conrad behind my back for months," Ferrall tweeted out, along with a screenshot showing that her husband had blocked her. "I have no idea what announcement he just made."
For those of you still reading about these sad internet gargoyles for some reason, Ferrall's juicy twitter thread continued with a number of heavy accusations against the popular gamer, including "explicit conversations" over the years with this Holly Conrad person. She also accused ProJared of gaslighting her when she confronted him about his infidelity. He allegedly insisted that "the only thing wrong with our marriage was [her.]" She also sl*t-shamed Holly Conrad and additionally alleged that her husband had solicited nudes from his fans "for years." She said the latter was fine, though, calling it "ostensibly a body-positive space for consenting adults." Well...
The backlash against ProJared has been severe—well, not really, but it probably feels severe in his little bubble of narcissism—as he was removed as a moderator from his subreddit and replaced by fellow YouTubers Scott the Woz and JonTron, the latter of whom believes in racial profiling and ethnic cleansing. ProJared has also lost over 30,000 subscribers from his popular YouTube channel.
I could talk more about this, but frankly, I'm mostly riddled with questions. Why do people care about this toxic braggadocio? I'm truly asking. Is there something I'm missing here? In this small subsection of YouTube culture, we're highlighting and dissecting the drama of a womanizing pedophile, a racist, and a sl*t-shaming cyberbully.
In separate but related news, a woman was drugged at Jake Paul's house party a few days ago, and a few months ago Shane Dawson had to explain that he didn't "actually" have sex with his cat. The moral of this story is that YouTube culture is toxic. There are no winners here. Please cancel YouTubers. Everyone should go read a book. I'm tired.
Mackenzie Cummings-Grady is a creative writer who resides in the Brooklyn area. Mackenzie's work has previously appeared in The Boston Globe, Billboard, and Metropolis Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @mjcummingsgrady.
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