Experimenting with some some stuff, so have a unicorn sighting.
Experimenting with some some stuff, so have a unicorn sighting.
Pjo characters as pinterest posts I found Part 4 <333
Tried drawing, never doing that shit again
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[...] e eu estou sempre ao fundo de todas as coisas.
I have nobody in my life right now TO TALK TO except the dude in my english class who wants me to do his assignments for him but I do not want tto bc what the fuck,
From a meme list: “You should be wary of anyone who builds their personality around swords.”
Thera: *Both called out and laughing her arse off.*
i’m 24 years late but now that i have a book cover i finally made that meme (thanks @piyawrites for the tag)
anyone who sees this and wants to do it, go on ahead & say i tagged you
I had this shining light moment where I realized that I’m longing for a romantic love that I will not truly receive (or realize I have) until I learn to appreciate and love myself. And that’s not saying the cliche “oh you can’t love somebody else until you love yourself” because that’s bullshit. I’m fully capable of loving others with all my heart and soul (and I’ve done and am doing just that!) but for me personally, I cannot fully appreciate and experience the love I want until I can love myself in that same way.
And my gods all piped in a bit when I realized this (may get lengthy so the rest is below!)
Me: That was the message this whole time wasn’t it?
Hermes: partially, yes. For the most part, yes
Ares: but this isn’t saying that you weren’t worthy of love this whole time. It just means that-
Hades: that you needed to learn and tend to the flames you carry in your heart. Those wild flames, they burned you but when you tame them-
Hermes: they’ll be like your snakes! You’re a snake charmer
Hades: that’s… one way to put it definitely
Ares: but that’s pretty much it.
Me: I feel dumb that it took me so long to realize this. So many heartaches, late nights, puffy eyes- just… it took so long.
Hades: That’s the thing, my heart. You had to learn one way or the other and as you know, the fates and the universe don’t always show kindness for their lessons.
Hermes: and those bumps in the road made you tougher. They made you build up experience and helped in your growth.
Ares: We all need to have those moments sometimes. It keeps up mild, humble, yet still proud and happy when the light at the end finally reaches our skin
Your life matters! You are so important and im so happy you are here! Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise, fuck them!!
Be proud of who you are!
Happy pride month!!
Presented by arrowazura
Word Count: 1727
Trigger Warnings: Discussion of Republicans, American Politics, Human Rights, Pro-Life, Hate against people of color and LGBTQ+, TERFS, Problematic authors and artists, Anti-Semitism
Reader Discretion is Advised
On the morning on June 13th, 2021, I woke up to the news that Scott Cawthon “came out” as a republican who donated money to organizations against people of color and people of the LGBTQ+ community as well as being on the pro-life side of the abortion controversy. As you probably know, Scott Cawthon is the well-known creator of one of the hottest game franchises in the last decade, Five Nights at Freddy’s.
The first game came out when I was in 8th Grade. I think we can all agree that middle school is a hard time no matter who you are. But I was at war with a lot of my classmates who didn’t like me simply because I had a more eccentric personality. And my mind was at war with itself. I was more or less isolated just for the things I enjoyed. I fell in love with everything about FNAF as I watched Markiplier play it for the first time. I was so intrigued by the deeper mystery that ended up taking the world by storm. Being a part of an online community made me feel a little less alone. And practicing drawing all the animatronics helped me with developing my art style. This is only one of the reasons that I love FNAF.
Before we continue, I’d just like to issue a disclaimer that I’m not going to take sides in this argument. This essay is an attempt to find common ground and find a solution in which everyone can be happy. And it doesn’t matter about my personal opinions of Scott as a person. It isn’t my place to judge someone who I don’t know personally.
I can honestly see both sides of this argument and I’m confused on how I feel about it, myself. I can see why fans of the franchise are hurt. They discovered that this creator that they put their trust in is part of a political group that is popularly pro-life, anti-LGBTQ+, and anti-minority rights. I myself am bisexual and pro-choice.
And others should absolutely not give people of color or LGBTQ+ people grief for choosing to leave the fandom because of the recent controversy. They’re not being unreasonable or too sensitive. People can do whatever they need to do to feel safe and happy.
But I can also see the other side. This doesn’t change the fact that he still donated to worthy charities that do a lot of good. A combined one million dollars to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. And from everything I’ve read and heard about him online, the people who have met him describe him as a genuine and kind human being.
I don’t believe being a republican makes Scott Cawthon automatically guilty by association. I don’t think Scott is necessarily a bad person. He just doesn’t know any better. This is simply just the way he is. You can’t simply change a republican’s mind. That’s literally what the definition of the word ‘conservative’ means.
But the truth is that he did indeed donate to Mitch McConnel, Donald Trump, Ben Carson and other conservative politicians. No matter what side of this argument you’re on, the fact that he chose to use his money to fund groups that support the dehumanization of people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ people isn’t going to be pushed aside.
I don’t care how you identify, political or otherwise, but basic human rights should not be debatable.
The Backlash Against Scott
No matter what my opinions are, I absolutely do not support all the hate and threats he and his family are receiving. In the end, all Scott is guilty of is having a different opinion from his fans and spending his money the way he wants to. He did nothing illegal. And it’s obvious that his political opinions have no influence on his franchise.
I’m as upset as the rest of the fandom that someone I looked up to and rooted for since day one willingly advocated for people driven by hate. But this does not mean that people threatening to come to his home and harm his children and pregnant wife is a justified response. The people who sent him and his family death threats should be ashamed of themselves. I know that you’re hurt and upset, but threatening this man and his family isn’t going to make the situation any better.
The Dangers of Hero Worshipping
Even if Scott Cawthon isn’t the person that the fandom once thought he was, we can’t deny that he created something amazing. What we can do to move past this is recognize that the franchise wouldn’t be as big as it became if it wasn’t enjoyed by the fans.
Humanity has proven time and time again that we’re able to enjoy a piece of art without hero-worshipping its creator. And I think that’s why this controversy is happening. We should be able to admire a creator for what they’ve done while simultaneously understanding that we shouldn’t be putting them on a pedestal the same way we would a god. Fanbases get so caught up and excited that they end up putting unrealistic expectations
They're disappointed that the creator of a world and characters that they found comfort in is in fact a human being with his own opinions and flaws.
The Future of FNAF
Even when receiving death threats, Scott had remained perfectly calm about the situation. And on his website on June 16th, 2021, he announced his retirement and that he would be handing over the franchise to someone he trusts.
Honestly, I think this was the best move for him. Again, even if he did nothing illegal, I don’t think people would be kind to him or the franchise if he chooses to still associate himself with it. He was already on thin ice with the fans after he kept pushing the release date of Security Breach. And when it finally comes out, I have a feeling there’s going to be drama surrounding it simply because that’s what the internet does.
If Markiplier plays it, which he most likely will, there’s a huge chance people are going to try and cancel him just simply for playing it. And if he doesn’t play it, there’s gonna be fans mad at him. There’s just no winning in that situation. The same can be said for Jacksepticeye and everyone over at Game Theory. These three are three of the most wholesome content creators on youtube and I’ll be pissed if they're cancelled simply because people find them guilty by association.
Scott might be cancelled, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the entirety of FNAF is cancelled along with him. But that depends entirely on the fans and if they’re able to not associate Scott Cawthon with the FNAF franchise going forward. With Scott announcing his retirement on the seventh anniversary of the trailer of the first FNAF game, it leaves an opportunity for some of the biggest names in the fanbase to take over his role as the main storyteller. I think it would be really cool if Dawko and everyone at Game Theory would lead the way in terms of the future of the franchise. As they seem to not only know the story, but are competent enough to continue it in a way that Scott would approve of.
Separating the Content from the Creator.
Before we continue, please keep in mind that I’m not actually comparing Scott to any of these people. I just wanted to give a history of how art lovers and readers of the past have successfully learned to recognize and acknowledge that their favorite artist isn’t a perfect human being. And how they can accept that without demonizing their work. Scott, on the unlikely chance you ever see this essay, please don’t sue me for slander. I don’t have any money.
Everyone loved J.K. Rowling because she made this amazing little thing called Harry Potter. However you feel about Rowling as a person, you can’t deny that the Harry Potter Universe is a great work of art. And when everyone found out that she was a TERF, the fans were able to separate the work of Harry Potter from its creator. And there was a generally accepted idea that even though J.K. Rowling was its sole creator, the story belonged to the fans. It was the fans of the books and the movies that made the franchise as popular as it turned out to be. Without the people who enjoyed her work, J.K. Rowling would be nothing.
Roald Dahl, author of James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was very open about the fact that he was anti-semitic. The world still widely enjoys his stories.
The famous 19th century artist, Pablo Picasso, was a misogynist and a rapist. He once stated, “Women are machines for suffering.” We still study and enjoy his art.
Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland, was a pedophile. Even if he never acted out, he still expressed his obsession and attraction for prepubescent girls. He even went to the parents of Alice Liddell, his inspiration for his story, and proposed that he marry her when she was 11 years old. Despite this, Alice and her adventures still remain one of the world’s most popular and beloved stories.
Salvador Dali, known for his beautiful paintings of melting clocks, was a con-artist with an adoration for Hitler. He knowingly pushed his friend off of a bridge simply because he could. As a child, he found an injured, ant-infested bat on the ground, and his reaction was to sink his teeth into it. He was into necrophilia, abusing both humans and animals, and narcissistic behaviors. The world still enjoys his paintings.
I’m not even going to touch upon the Founding Fathers of America. We’d be here all day. That’s a 245-year-old mess built on systemic racism, slavery and sexism that I’ll leave for another day.
You don’t have to separate the franchise from Scott if you don’t want to. That’s perfectly okay. If there is one thing that we learned today, it’s that you have the right to own your own opinion, no matter what others think of that.
I wish everyone in the FNAF Fanbase, both current and past, the best journey ahead.
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Five Nights at Freddy’s Scott Cawthon Won't Apologize for Supporting Trump, James Crump, Newsweek, 6/13/2021
My response, and maybe my last post, Scott Cawthon, r/fivenightsatfreddys, Reddit, 6/12/2021
Lewis Carroll’s Shifting Reputation, Jenny Woolf, Smithsonian Magazine, 4/2010
Bertolucci Wasn’t the First Man to Abuse a Woman and Call It Art And He Won’t Be The Last, Jude Ellison Sady Doyle, ELLE Magazine, 12/8/2016
Roald Dahl: Inside His Anti-Semitism and Complicated Legacy, Megan McCluskey, TIME Magazine, 3/18/2021
World Famous Artists Who Were Detestable People In Reality, Mahima Negi, ED Times, 10/30/2021
ALL ART BY ARROWAZURA. DO NOT REPOST. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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ares hadn’t spoken a word of what happened to him. as the other gods -- his family -- returned to camp to regroup, he was greeted with exclamations of joy and curious eyes. but he said nothing. he knew his physical appearance would tell them enough of a story, and ares didn’t have the heart or the energy to explain. he smiled weakly, nodded slightly, and kept scanning the horizon for his wife.
it was her he’d thought about every single day of his hell. as the titans tortured him, demanding information or just seeking someone to take their rage out upon, she was the one in his mind. he dreamed of laying on the couch with their dogs at his feet. he thought about making waffles in the kitchen with freya for her mother, and of their wedding day. anything but the horrible reality he had lived in for months.
knowing now that he was going to see her again didn’t feel real. nothing had felt real since athena’s face had popped into his field of vision. but freya had been warm in his arms, and as phobos entered the camp, his tears of joy were impossible to fake. real or not, it was the best day ares had had in ages, and he wasn’t about to complain now.
and then his eyes fell upon her. she was disheveled, visibly exhausted, and shaken. she had hephaestus at her side, and blood on her shirt. but it was her -- his beloved aphrodite, the holder of his heart, mother to his children, his soulmate. ares couldn’t walk on his own, but he watched, heart racing so fast he could hear the blood rush in his ears. she hadn’t seen him yet, but that was okay. they had all the time in the world now.
I'm tier 18 why do I have to deal with this