Man if someones reasoning for why they’re trying to shame people into stopping playing with fan concepts and writings boils down to ‘BECAUSE YOU JUST CAN’T and i dont LIKE it’, I think its time to step back.
A ‘fandom’ is just ‘people who all like a thing’. Thats it. No matter how much tumblrs environment makes it seem like something more, that’s really all it is. Its not a contract to all act some specific way decided by other people. Even being a Cadet didn’t have a byline like ‘also don’t make fandom concepts if someone tells you its icky’ or ‘now here is THE ONLY WAY TO ENJOY THE AQUABATS’. I checked and gosh wouldn’t you know it, it seems to be more along the lines of stuff like ‘cheer for the band really hard’, ‘enjoy the band in ways that are fun’, and ‘dont be jerks to each other’.
The point is, being fans of stuff doesn’t give you the right to try and shame people out of enjoying things ways that make them happy. Aside from being a jerk. And no, I wont go ‘unless you make REALLY messed up stuff’ because hey guess what, you can. People can make stuff that other people think is gross. If its tagged well enough that block filters can catch it, then shine on all and sundry crazy diamonds.
No one should claim to speak for all of a fandom, or try to shame people for liking a thing wrong, especially by pulling that ‘we’re BETTER then X fandom' or 'you’re GROSS like THOSE people’. You can’t try to make people who’s only actual commonality with you is putting stuff in a tag and liking a thing conform to your comfort zone by telling them they have to just because.
What you can do, is block tags, and if you don’t want to instal xkit or something like it (which can also mute people, or block any post with their username in it if tags fail), but hey guess what you can also block people who put up stuff you don’t like in tags. You probably aren’t going to miss out on an amazing friendship. And if you don’t want to block them because you like OTHER stuff they make… then… you kind of are going to have to deal with it.
And all this goes for any fandom. This isn’t the first fandom I’ve seen it in, it won’t be the last. Smaller fandoms always seem to crop up the idea that they’re a big happy family and everyone should get along, and then someone decides that means it should only involve what makes them comfortable.
Well, hey, if we want to bring the magic little horse friendship show into this, you know what I learned from that? That you don’t let someone bully you into behaving how they want you to just because they say they won’t be your friend/like you.
Its okay! You can just not like it and make tumblr a place where you dont see stuff ya dont like! But thats on you. Not on other people.