I figured I should probably address the situation further now that everything is all over with the retirement being announced. I think I can finally gather my thoughts on this.
I want to start off by saying that Scott should have NEVER been doxxed and threatened. If you think he deserved that or that was okay, leave. Doxxing is NEVER okay under any circumstances and you all should know that by now. No matter what he did, that was NOT a deserved response. To those that indulged in it, you all know better and should be ashamed.
On the other, I am still so horribly upset with Scott and what he did. Even though he stated his donations did not have foul intent, his intent did not equal the impact. His money still went towards horrible things, things that affect me and so many others in the communities I'm a part of. It hurts so badly, especially as someone who looked up to Scott so highly. I wish he hadn't made those donations, and I wish that the economy didn't come before worrying about our rights to him. That hurts deeply more than many will know, and I am profoundly upset and horribly disappointed in him. I feel almost betrayed knowing who the money went to and what those people did. He should've known what was more important here. The economy means nothing when the rights of people are taken away and halted. Again, I know he did say this was never his intent in the post, but that doesn't change reality here. These legislations were still passed and still exist today.
Do I think Scott is horribly homophobic? Based on who he works with and supports, no. But homophobia also wasn't a deal breaker when it came to donations, however, and that hurts and fucking STINGS. He was complacent and that criticism of him still stands. If he truly wants us to know that he's supportive, that very much should have been a dealbreaker here.
All I can say from here is that I hope he and his family are safe upon his retirement. I wish these weren't the circumstances of it, but I've come to accept it now. Whoever takes the reign of the series now, I hope they're truly a great person with the best for everyone in mind, and that they will continue to make this story amazing.
As for what this means for me as a creator. I still stand by the statement that my art and writing will continue, albeit delayed. I ask that you all be patient with me for just a few more days for another chapter and art piece to come. This situation as well as multiple incidents in my personal life these past few weeks (no longer have a job, very sick, bad home life getting worse) have really had me down and I needed time to recoup. I hoe all of you are doing well in this time and recouping as well. I care about all of you, and I want to make sure you are all okay.
I'm sorry if anything may come across as tone deaf or badly worded. I have a very difficult time explaining my thoughts and communicating, and I want to come across the right way here. In the most basic terms, I am still upset with Scott and my view of him has been tarnished. His stated intent did not equal his impact, and the impact it had was devastating. I feel extremely hurt right now and I just need some more time to get things together.