stop. tagging my characters as your own things. i swear 2 god whether it’s fandom shit or your own characters, sentences like “omg *some character* is that you????" or one from today, "denby more like *some character*"(really?????) are the bane of my tumblr existence
it’s the most…
This doesn’t bother me at all? I consider it on the lines of reblogging pics that you tag #gpoy even when they’re obviously not of yourself, or of reblogging anime or movie chars. Sometimes pre-existing things remind you of other things. Actively stealing an OC, pretty bullshit. Saying “heh, reminds me of (char),” not so bullshit.
except it really is…? you’re basically “saying haha yeah I’m just going to slap you in the face with a blatant disregard for your personal connection with this piece and take it for myself”
no, it’s not theft. no, it’s not against the law or against any rules whatsoever. but it’s not harmless, because it makes 9/10 (way more than that actually) artists feel like shit. you may find it a petty thing to get so upset over just the principle of something, but to have someone take a picture of your child and essentially say “NO THIS IS NOT UR CHILD THIS IS MINE” feels really cruddy. it’s an insult to the artist. their art was meant to be a tribute to character A, not character B; so you’re stealing that tribute and giving it to yourself for your own satisfaction and with no regard to how the original artist might feel about it.
think of it this way: if you made something that represented an idea near and dear to your heart (say even, a statue/painting/whatever of your dearly departed grandmother to commemorate your love for her), and someone walked along after all your hard work and stole ALL of that sentiment for themselves for a cheap “hawhaw its character x” or “omg this was made for me this is meeee”, it’s stealing and redirecting that love, that appreciation away from the true subject.
or something far more simplified: the drawing an artist createe represents a spotlight that shines on character A. someone who reblogs with tags of character B is stealing that spotlight and shining it on character B instead.
so yeah, it’s bullshit. it’s not as severe as outright stealing an OC, but it’s high up there because it’s still a form of theft even if it’s not physical, and it’s still a shitty thing to do and any artist who gets upset with it is completely justified.
it’s something that’s very hard to understand or sympathize with unless you have it happen to you.
IDK. Made me happy, personally, to see that people had a connection with it. They weren’t shitting all over it, in my view, they were connecting with it in an immediate, definite way.
But that’s just me.