This is concerning the influx of Britney Spears- and Lindsay Lohan-related posts on OhNoTheyDidnt. This isn't anything against the Britney/Lindsay posts. By all means, they're celebrities, and if there's anything remotely exciting posted about either one of them, we're going to read about it. But I will point out rule #1 on ONTD's community info page:
--Going all-out on celebrities is why we exist. Personal attacks against other members are why the ban_set command exists. If you can't tell the difference, don't comment.
If someone is going to have a negative comment to say, they are going to say it. And yes, 10% of ONTD's community--believe it or not--don't really care for Britney. Or Lindsay Lohan. Are they not allowed to voice their opinion as well as Britney's/Lindsay's fans?
The problem is, a lot of the hardcore Britney/Lindsay fans take it to heart and get their panties in a bunch if so much as a negative thing is practically whispered
about either one of them. They then get very aggressive to the non-fans to the point where it becomes a flat-out flaming war.
I, for one, refuse to fall victim to being flamed for saying what I think about Britney Spears OR Lindsay Lohan. My opinion is not always nice, but it's not always mean, either. If the fans want to worship Britney/Lindsay and have mean things to say about the quote-unquote "haters," they can take it to an actual Britney/Lindsay fan community. I don't actively walk into a lions' den wanting to be attacked. If I feel, for example, that Britney doing a redone version of "Baby One More Time" is her copying what Christina Aguilera did to "Genie in a Bottle," for example, then I'm going to say it. If I feel that I don't buy Lindsay is REALLY a lesbian and just wants attention since she's not getting the plum movie parts she's used to getting, I'm going to say it. I'm not afraid to voice my opinion.
Do I expect to get flamed? Maybe. Am I going to participate in a flame war and get the hardcore fans riled up about it? No, I'm just going to let their comments roll off my back. I'm above that stuff. So why can't they just let it go as well?
There just seems to be more of this going on at ONTD than usual. I guess the point I'm trying to make is that the fans just need to learn to not take it so personally. If they're allowed to be rabid Britney/Lindsay fans and be all, "OMG BRITNEY! OMG LINDSAY!," then they need to understand there's always going to be someone who doesn't like either one of them who's also allowed to voice their opinion, and they need to just ignore it
if it really bothers them. There's no need to get super defensive and start an immature, juvenile flame war over it. (This applies to all fandoms, really, but it seems to really rear its ugly head whenever Britney or Lindsay are concerned.)
And I feel this addendum should be added to the community rules. I'm tired of seeing flame wars erupting over Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan.
*tangent* I'm sitting here eating one of the caramel apples I brought home from the Taste of St. John. And really, Micki outdid herself with these babies. However, I'm picking the caramel and M&Ms off of the one I'm eating now and just consuming the apple. How sad is this? But dude...I already made a total pig of myself today. Before I got to the Taste of St. John, I had some chili because I didn't know what we'd be serving and I didn't want to spend too much money. I treated myself to one of the special hot chocolates
from Starbucks on the way there. Then I learned we could have what we wanted from our booth for free (YAY FOR FREE FOOD!), so I had a chicken and dumpling bread bowl soup, a tiny slice of pumpkin pie, some apple cider, and some more (free) hot chocolate that we later started offering (since both Dunkin' Donuts AND Starbucks dropped the ball on their booths). I brought home some slices of apple pie for Hunter, another bread bowl with some soup for Mom (that I ended up sharing with her), and a couple of the aforementioned caramel apples.
It was cold today, but it wasn't too bad. Tony at least brought her kerosene heater for us to use. Like I said, at least I wasn't behind a register today wearing uncomfortable shoes and going home with sore feet.
*tangent* I worked some more on one of my Jem-fics, especially after doing that freewriting a couple of days ago. It's sad that a lot of fans aren't fond of Rio because they feel he's "macking on two chicks at the same time" who just happen to both be his girlfriend. But I still stand by my belief that Jerrica brings a lot of this on herself by not telling him the truth, and it's not entirely Rio's fault. There needs to be more Rio POV in fanfics. Just wait till I'm done.
*tangent* PICTURE TIME!!
Here's the jack-o-lantern for this year:
And here's the craptacular pic Mom took of me in my costume last night (I swear, she doesn't know how to work the camera; she pressed the button way too quickly):
Like I said, I'll have better pics up next week. I'll get Kevin to take the pictures instead. Or Hunter.