separating creators from their content

separating creators from their content

Beck Iannucci

This is another debate I think is interesting to discuss. Personally, I love Harry Potter but I hate JK Rowling’s bigoted rants on Twitter about trans folk. What she also fails to understand is that many cis (people that identify with their assigned gender at birth) women can’t have periods. Using that as a way to put down trans women also puts down cis women. There are many cis women that can’t have kids too. It seems that when JK tries to put down trans women she puts down all types of women and then has the audacity to call herself a feminist. Feminists are supposed to support everyone and want equality for all. The word has become tainted because of people like her and their hypocrisy.

It’s so frustrating to listen to JK’s uneducated opinions and know she created Harry Potter. I have been Hermine for many Halloweens and I love my gryffindor dress. Last time I went to Universal Studios I spent all the money I had saved on slytherin pajamas and wore them most of my time there. I’m devastated to find out she’s a TERF (trans exclusionary radical feminist).

I try my best to distance her from the Harry Potter universe by thinking of her characters. Hermine Granger would never be a TERF. She’d never be transphobic and pull JK’s “I can’t be transphobic because I have trans friends” excuse. Even Draco, as aggressive and mean as he was, wouldn’t stoop that low.

But when it’s a singer, distancing the creator can be harder. There isn’t a character that you can identify with. As the listener, you’re falling in love with the creator’s words in a different way. JK’s story obviously isn’t real. But with singers that describe their experiences, you’re connecting with the people themselves.

I was shocked when I found out Brendon Urie’s past. Outing a friend as gay, making r*pe jokes, and using slurs that aren’t yours to reclaim are already bad enough. Then we get to the s*xual assault allegations and p*dophila allegations.

And then there’s YouTubers. Can you still watch PewDiePie after he said the n-word and had anti-semitism in videos? Though he claims he didn’t realize one of the YouTube channels he promoted had white supremist content and the video with anti-semitism was him trying to make a point about the internet, it was in poor taste. Felix said he was trying to show how people on the internet will do anything for money, but it’s hard to take his point seriously when he paid someone five dollars to hold up a sign that said “d**th to all Jews”.

Separating creators and not idolizing them is something that is difficult to do, but needs to be done. There are countless times that the internet has given the wrong people attention and it backfires. A huge example of this is Trisha Paytas. Though, there’s nothing to separate her from since her content is garbage. Trisha has made fun of every single minority group. The fact that she still has followers is mind blowing.

The problem that many fans seem to have is admitting that their fav has done something wrong. I think it doesn’t reflect on you if you acknowledge what happened. All you have to do is hold them accountable. It reflects on you as a fan when you let sh*tty behavior pass. When we are able to differentiate the creator’s work from them, we as fans and fellow humans can help them grow and stop treating creators as if they have a higher status.