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November 8, 2012


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People are probably getting sick of hearing me repeat this by now. After all, I've emphasized it so many times already in the past few months. But the IZ fandom REALLY sickens me. I swear to God. What the fucking hell happened to the fandom, you guys? Things were never this way before. There was so much less hate in the past. I remember I used to enjoy signing on here and looking at all the wonderful IZ art. It's not like that any longer though.

I'm not part of the fandom anymore. In fact, I left it about a month back. Yet I still come across the cruelties of newer users. People who think it's alright to spread hate. Some people may think I'm that way myself, but honestly, all I've ever done is defend the people who mean the most to me on here. I've met my closest friends through the fandom. But the fandom has changed since then. It deteriorates a little more each and every day, and I can't help but mourn that fact.

I honestly don't understand why people can't just be more open-minded in this fandom though. Constantly, I see people fighting over even the smallest of issues. Pairings usually cause the upmost disruption in the fandom. But why the fuck can't people just respect the differing interests of other users? I mean, seriously? Did we not all share a similar love of the show itself? That's what brought us all here to begin with. So what if different users enjoy different pairings? I've always loved ALL the pairings and can't understand why people who can support one pairing but not another have to go out of their way to flame artist's for their differing interests.

Even people who aren't into pairings at all seem to have this heir about them, as though they think they're better than every other fan because they don't ship Jhonen's characters. But honestly, it's just closed-mindedness when users can't mind their own damn business and let artists draw what they want.

I draw/write for myself now. That's the way things were back when I first started out here, and that's the way I want things to be again. But other users on this site. Ugh...I just don't understand HOW there could be so many closed-minded IZ fans out there. You'd think humans would have evolved past leaving flaming comments on other people's art by now. But no. It continues, and I literally see this happening like clockwork every single fucking day.

Yes, people are entitled to their opinions. I'm not saying their not. But why voice an opinion in such a negative fashion? Why purposefully find works that you hate just so you can flame them? Some people claim they come across those works by "accident," but honestly, how hard is it for people to just NOT leave an insulting comment on the work? Certainly we've all got better things we could be doing with our time.

It honestly kills me on the inside that the fandom for my favorite show had to go so downhill. And I know people probably hate hearing me complain about it. But writing journals like this is just another way of coping with the fact that something I used to love is now something I hate. No. I don't hate the show itself. I never could. But the people who think they're entitled to spreading their opinions around through hate comments/groups/art/etc. They're the ones whom I truly hate. They ruin everything for everyone because they're selfish and can't accept the fact that the show doesn't revolve around them.

So many of my friends can no longer even ENJOY IZ because of other people basically telling them they're not entitled to enjoy it the way they want. Well, let me ask you this, spreaders of hate. What makes you so special? What makes you think you have any right to enjoy the show the way you want yet tell other artists they CAN'T?

I apologize for the rant, you guys. I really do. But this is just how I feel regarding the fandom. There's nothing but hate and division left amongst IZ fans, and it just disgusts me, to be perfectly honest. It disgusts me that the days I used to enjoy are over. It disgusts me that the more open-minded fans who USED to exist in the fandom have left. And more than anything else, it disgusts me that some of my closest friends can't even bring themselves to enjoy IZ any longer because of these closed-minded bastards.

Obviously, it's harder for me to detatch myself from IZ altogether because it's been a part of my life since the very first day it AIRED on TV. I've been a fan since 8th grade and still love watching the show whenever possible. But it just saddens me when newer fans of the show are driven away because of the hate of the fandom. They deserve to enjoy the IZ universe to it's fullest and shouldn't have to be subjected to the rude comments of people who only care to gain popularity through doing art for the show. If people really love and respect the show, its characters, and the UNIVERSE they exist in, then kindly stop spreading the hate already and ignore what you don't like about another person's interpretation of it. It's really not that fucking hard to do. Never will I understand the mindset behind people who purposefully go looking for trouble on this site. I look at art, comment on it/fave it if I like it, and ignore it if I don't like it. It's as simple as that. No point going out of your way to comment on something you DON'T like.
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zoroana Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Agreed, with the fandom this bad (and probably getting worse) I couldnt imagine how itd be like in the future.. >_<
HiddenShadows798 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
It's like a cancer; a few people mutate into something horrible and begin to multiply until it takes over the entire body, or just a portion, unless something is done to put a stop to it.
Biohazard-Mummy Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I find myself fully agreeing, though this makes me a little embarrassed that I did a meme where I pointed out my least favorite pairing and put my least favorite character in an embarrassing costume. I'm wondering if that's okay now or if I should scrap it. >.<; Fortunately I haven't been bashed for anything that I've done, and if I did, I'd just ignore it. Though I do miss the fandom for what it was... :c

ZimXDib Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I wasn't here when the fandom was good so I don't have anything to compare it too but I've just been what's a better word for disgusted? ....hmm... I'm just so revolted by the fact that people always PURPOSELY coming on my page and a lot of my other friends pages to leave a nasty comment. Like serious, my username is ZimXDib what do you think your going to find on my page?! (Sorry for that little rant.) Anyways, the fandom is horrible and I'm just waiting it out and hoping it will get better.
Metros2soul Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I guess it's been a pretty bad day for me today.

Just when I thought the fandom couldn't get any worse, there was that comment. Then my progress on WhiteV2 was lost when my damn DS battery died. Luckily I saved before that though, even though only about 15 minutes worth more game time I'll have to do again. -_-;

Then a damn browser hijacker gets into my browsers. Be VERY wary of a search engine called It takes over your internet browers. The only way I could get rid of it was a System Restore. I think that solved the problem. [link]

But anyway, onto what I was going to originally say. The fandom is pretty much dead to me at this point, as I've mentioned numerous times to you before. You would think that there was a chance it might improve, but I have high doubts of that happening, especially after I experienced first hand just how bad some of the people in it actually are. I am glad to be over and out of the Zim fandom, and I highly doubt I'll ever get back into it. I still love the show, of course. But the fandom is just too much. It's almost ridiculous. People will just come along and put you down in anyway they possibly can. -_- I really regret trying to be the better person at one point, and look where it got me.

When I first joined the fandom about two years ago, it was nowhere near as bad as it is now. It's a shame how people in it are. I've lost interest in the show in general, but the fandom itself has majorly contributed to me leaving it. If Zim were to go back on air, I might watch it, but at this point I actually don't really want anything to do with it. Don't get me wrong, I had a great time at DoomCON, and I would go to a third IC, but only for the fact we had a great time and meeting the voice actors was a blast, especially Wally.

The fandom is just terrible. I will not miss it, I can tell you that much.

If I do draw Zim art again, it will be purely out of respect for the show itself. I couldn't care less if people think my art is bad, its what I enjoy doing, and I'm happy with my style.

It was good while it lasted I guess. But yeah... I'm totally over it now.
SoftieLocks Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh, I agree... ;-; Come to think of it, the IZ fandom was exceptionally better just a year ago than it is today, which is really weird. How could the fandom just dwindle so quickly? And especially since DoomCON took place earlier this year. I was certain that that would help the fandom a bit, but it seems to have just taken a nose-dive for some reason. I hate it so much, and the ONLY way this fandom will even remotely flourish again is if IZ goes back on the air. That's it. As of right now, though, the IZ fandom is dead and gone. :/
Pat-The-Kitsune Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, I think it's BECAUSE they started airing the episodes on TV again that the fandom went so downhill. After that point, the fandom just got a flood of younger generation fans who don't respect the show whatsoever. And I honestly believe DoomCon has done more harm than good. It brought in more people like that one bitch we all know and hate. :/ And people only care to gain popularity from the fandom nowadays. It's sickening. This fandom's fans used to have a lot more respect for the show until these younger kids came in.
KillerWaffleFreak Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
I see this crap everywhere, but *sigh* why Zim? ;_;
It's one of the best shows to ever be aired and always will be. I wish people could just be grateful for it.
Pat-The-Kitsune Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wish people had enough respect for it not to hate on what they DON'T like about the universe. I'm so sick of what it's turned into. All this hate is enough to drive just about anybody away.
KillerWaffleFreak Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
To be truthful, I've seen worse than what I have in the fandom. But you're right. Such a great show doesn't deserve to be fought about.
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