“I’m not a big Stephanie fan and I wish people would respect that rather than bash me and other people like me for it.”
… Don’t you just love it when people try to play victim. *shrugs*
Really? I’m a Steph fan but I’ve still seen this around:
I’d say the anon has a valid complaint. Yes, I know it’s not every Steph fan and most Steph fans are normal, nice people. But the anon doesn’t seem to be blaming every Steph fan, and this shit does exist on tumblr.
That is just a troll and you know it.
See, the thing is that I don’t believe the anon got bashed just because he/she doesn’t like Steph. Steph has the most polarized fanbase — you either like her or you don’t. She has gotten haters since waaay back during her Spoiler years in the Robin series. She still gets her detractors, have you seen Bleedingcool and Outhousers forums? She’s only mostly liked on Tumblr. I also don’t believe that Steph fans would have time bashing fans for not liking her because they’re all busy trying to DEFEND her from haters (which come to think of it, that’s probably how they came to think of us as ‘bashing’ them. Like possibly this anon.)
So what if they don’t like Steph. Congratulations! They’re one of the 50% of comic readers who don’t like her! How does it feel like to be in the mainstream? So stop trying to play the victim, push the blame on Steph fans and try to make us look bad.
So maybe it is a troll. We don’t know that. I wish I could say I knew that there were no fans who thought that way, but sadly from what I’ve seen, that is not true at ALL. In any fanbase. There are idiotic fans everywhere, in every part of fandom. Unfortunately, that person could easily have been 100% serious with what they wrote. But even if you’re right, and they were not- it doesn’t really make the hate easier to deal with, does it?
Stephanie certainly has a lot of haters. But I have seen some genuine Steph fans who go too far the other way, and seem to think that there is no valid reason not to like Steph, and anyone who doesn’t is just sexist, etc., etc. I’ll be honest - I love the girl, and I don’t see how anyone could not see how awesome she is. But, y’know, sometimes a character just isn’t someone’s cup of tea. And that’s totally fair. I don’t think people deserve to get bashed for that.
I think it’s also a bit hard for people who actually like Barbara as Batgirl. Unfortunately, a lot of Steph fans seem to have responded to what happened by deciding they hate Babsgirl, which is more than a bit unfair. Even as someone who wishes with all my heart that Steph was still Batgirl and Babs was still Oracle, I still find myself wanting to yell “It’s not Barbara’s fault!” sometimes. I completely understand where the hate is coming from, but it’s a bit hard to take if you’re a Babs fan at all, and I imagine it’s that much worse if you’re a fan of Babs as Batgirl.
I also really, really don’t get the argument (which people seem to make on tumblr all the time) that if your opinion is “mainstream” it’s totally fine for people to bash you for it? That’s… not how it works. You’re supposed to be polite about other people’s beliefs and opinions because it’s the respectful thing to do, whether they’re minority or mainstream. When did people who are too “mainstream” stop having the right to basic decency?