[ trigger warnings for rape mentions and sexual violence, as well as aggressive language and swearing, with the post becoming steadily more vitriolic ]
First off, thank you at the anon who provided us with links, that we’ll be sharing here and here
There’s no two ways about this, the guilt is plainly obvious in both those posts. It’s shameful that these kinds of horrible, horrible things slipped past unnoticed and I, as a makoharu fan, am truly, in every sense of the word, ashamed.
We both had to get through a lot of very uncomfortable feelings, but our insistence on being as open and honest as we could with the rest of the fandom about this won over, and we believe no matter the consequence, this is what’s right to do, so we’re more than prepared for backlash.
We mentioned that we wanted to treat the topic of rape and sexual violence with the gravity and respect it demanded, and we were serious about that - which is why we’re not directly reblogging them. We decided it was for best, because the posts themselves have very triggering content and just to be safe, we wanted to add a buffer between those viewing them and the posts themselves.
With that being said, please take a look. We asked for proof and we got it, thank you to the anon sending us the links once more. Please note, that people who made the comments are outed in these posts, and Cam and I both agreed that it was correct that they were.
We want to start from the most basic point of “this is not a ship war issue”, and it’s very important that’s it’s stressed that it is not. This is a basic issue of humanity and disregard for a woman, other fans who rightfully criticized them, as well as Haruka himself.
I mean I don’t know how else we can say this.
- RAPE JOKES. ARE. NOT. FUNNY.
- RAPE JOKES ARE NEVER FUNNY.
- RAPE JOKES WILL NEVER EVER BE FUCKING FUNNY.
I don’t care if you hate rinharu, I don’t care if you hate rin, but by god, these people, each and every one of them are disgusting and I feel sick to my stomach. I honestly thought at first “maybe I shouldn’t mention them in the actual post”, but no, I realized that was my own shame trying to preserve some of my dignity and faith that these people shattered.
paper-lilies and tokyo-fujoshi are both huge names on tumblr, and @oatkates on twitter are the people who are absolutely unworthy of anything but condemnation. No, not all of them committed the same crime each, but are collectively responsible for their words and behaviour.
This isn’t even about my ship preferences or “whose side are you even on”, this was enough to bring me to tears of absolute fury.
This is the most revolting thing we’ve ever seen come out of a fandom and we’ve seen some really sick shit come out of really shit fandoms.
Even beyond the basic point of “RAPE IS NOT A TOPIC TO JOKE ABOUT”, the people who bring it forward are ignored, treated as second-rate commentators unworthy of their lordliness to even acknowledge, looked down on for raising the very valid concern of “YOU CAN’T MAKE RAPE JOKES, THEY ARE INSENSITIVE AND DISGUSTING” everything about what is seen is disgusting.
To take away Haru’s autonomy from him is one thing, but to suggest another character would drug and rape him, or saying they’d prefer to see Haru get raped in fanwork to have him to go Australia with his friend is so shocking and horrible to me.
I mean, really? That’s your standard? That’s literally what you’d rather have happen to a character you’re supposed to love as part of your “otp”? These people are ring-leaders, people who inject their toxic opinions onto others that follow them, and it absolutely can not be allowed to go any further.
There’s no other way to put it, these are not respectable people anyoneshould want to have around them.
No one should be near them, and doubtlessly, fans or friends will come flocking us at their defense, use the "why are you siding with rinharus??" at us but honestly? Fucking for real?
I’d rather suffer that abuse and lose a million followers than let this continue any further.
We’re of the opinion that these people apologize immediately for what they’ve said, but I can’t, I just can’t forgive these kinds of things.
And I hope to god they realize their words and actions aren’t only harmful in a social sense but also to people who may have experienced the absolute terror and horror of having your autonomy ripped away from you and being treated as if you were worthless, unimportant.
Funny, how the first post ended with me being disappointed?
I am fucking disgusted.
-Halcy & Cam