I don’t do this very often, but I feel the need to defend my fans.
I can’t help but notice a general distaste for the YGOTAS fandom in the YGO community. I think a lot of the hostility toward them probably stems from the fact that a lot of them don’t take YGO very seriously at all. And there’s the fact that a lot of them equate my show with the actual YGO product, which is bound to get irritating. And let’s not forget the whole yelling catch-phrases thing.
The truth is, these things bother me too. And I see them a hell of a lot more than anyone else does. I’ve had people insult me for giving a damn about the YGO franchise. I’ve had people jump down my throat because I dared to post a video attempting to help Dan Green last month rather than make another episode. I’ve had people harass me at conventions to the point that I’ve needed to have security guards follow me around. So yeah, I know why they might be a problem. Possibly more than you do.
Having said that, I feel something should be explained to those of you who say things like “This is why the YGOTAS fandom sucks” or “The YGOTAS fans ruined the YGO fandom”.
Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged fans are people, the same as Yu-Gi-Oh fans. And the reasons you give for the YGOTAS fandom sucking the big one? They are not in any way related to my show, or to me, or even to my fans. They’re related to the fact that the people in question are rude, mindless, idiotic people. It has nothing to do with the show, or the fact that they enjoy it. It is because they harass you, or because they write terrible fan fiction, etc. Things that can probably be applied to some of the bad eggs in your own fandom. Or any damn fandom you can think of.
You may have had bad experiences. Say you’ve had people yell “Card games on motorcycles!” at you against your will. The problem in this situation isn’t that they enjoy my show. It’s the fact that they thought it was appropriate to scream at you and act like an ass hole. If they’d screamed “It’s over 9,000!” at a Vegeta cosplayer, would that Vegeta cosplayer have rolled his eyes and gone “Those god damn Dragonball Z fans, they ruin everything?” The problem isn’t what they enjoy, it’s how they behave.
I’ve seen multiple instances of somebody simply presenting a pro-YGOTAS opinion, or a pro-LittleKuriboh opinion, or just quoting my show on a forum, and the YGO fans have proceeded to gang up on that person and lecture them on how they’re idiots and how they’re not real fans, etc. I find this completely unnecessary.
It’s very easy to simply ignore someone who enjoys something you do not. YGO and YGOTAS are two different things. I would tell a YGOTAS fan to go hang out with other YGOTAS fans. I would tell YGO fans to hang out with YGO fans. If one of them tried pushing their fandom on one of the others, I would politely explain that they’ve got the wrong show. I would not tell them to “go die in a fire” - something I’ve seen YGO fans tell YGOTAS fans in person.
It’s a question of knowing how to behave. Yes, some of my fans act improperly, but that’s no reason to attack all of them or write them all off as asinine wastes of space. It’s very unfortunate that the two shows are so closely linked, but I don’t think you need to behave as if there’s this huge wall that must never be crossed on penalty of nastiness.
Simple fact is, it’s super easy to ignore these people when they act out of place. And to behave as though the YGO fandom is on some higher plane than YGOTAS fans is daft. You’re watching two different shows. End of discussion. No fandom is better than the other. It’s as easy as ignoring someone whose favourite ship conflicts with yours. Until they start forcing it down your throat, it isn’t a problem, and if you make it one? You’re equally to blame.
I’m going to end this post with some fairly trivial stuff. I remember when I first wanted to dip my feet into Tumblr. I tweeted publicly about it. I watched the general reaction turn into “Oh, that’d be neat. But he’d better keep YGOTAS out of it, and he’d better not bring any of his fans here, or he’ll ruin our good time!” So I’ve never gone out of my way to tell anybody I have a Tumblr account. Because I didn’t want any hostilities.
The truth is, I wasn’t all that worried about my fans being hostile - though to be honest, if they’re going to be hostile to anyone, it’d probably be me. Demanding episodes, complaining that I was posting on here rather than “doing my job”, etc. I was afraid of the people talking about me like I was some sort of harbinger of doom blaming me for any problems that arose from me simply speaking publicly about my Tumblr account.
I honestly feel like there wouldn’t be that much of a problem if I simply said “Hey guys, here’s a link to my Tumblr account, check it out if you want!” But then there’d be the people who would use that as an excuse to say “Everything was fine until LK showed up and brought his horrible fanbase along with him.”
I’d much rather things be like this. Quiet. Harmless. If people can’t do something so simple as ignore my fans, it’s better people don’t even know I’m here.