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It's About Having Fun~ by Lopoddity It's About Having Fun~ by Lopoddity
I dunno if you guessed it, but I like drawing cute little ponies....fanart of a children's cartoon. And every so often, someone feels the need to tell me that my personal interest is stupid, childish, cancerous....."cringe-y". Boy howdy, do I hear that word tossed around a lot. Cringe, cringe, cringe. We're all afraid of making something cringe-worthy. Something that could end up in those lovely "Bad OC" cringe compilations. I see other artists, especially young creators, getting policed and attacked for creating something that could-gasp!- be interpreted as the dreaded Mary Sue. So artists stifle themselves. Can't make your OC too colorful. Don't you dare make them related to a canon character! Better watch that backstory, lest somebody decry your character as an edgelord. You can have a nerdy interest, but you better not be too fucking passionate about it. Watch yourself. Don't be too different. Don't be cringe-y.

So here's my question to ye gatekeepers of content, ye knowers of all things cringe-worthy, ye adamant enforcers of creative conformity...........Who cares?

Really. Why. Why is "cringe" an issue? So what if someone makes an edgy black-and-red OC, or a sparkly mary sue alicorn princess? So what if somebody makes up an over-powered self-insert and ships them with a canon character? So what if somebody dares to be unironically passionate about a fandom or interest considered less-than-cool? Who cares if people have imperfect, cliche-riddled characters they love?

Cringe culture is mean-spirited. It demands creators conform. It's perpetuated by people who, quite oddly, get really bent out of shape at the sight of people unironically enjoying harmless things.

I say forget it. Trample it. Let people have fun. Especially don't be cruel to young creators- nobody learns to be a skilled artist or writer overnight. And this is by no means a statement against criticism, even harsh criticism.....but there's a big, big difference between giving constructive criticism, vs choosing to crap on somebody for having a "cringe-y" interest. Clicking on someone's work to tell them that it's cringe, or cancer, or that they should kill themselves.....that's not criticism. It's cruelty. The only point of it is to discourage and shame creators, often young, vulnerable ones. There is nothing heroic or helpful about this behavior. This is what I am standing against. To make things clear, I am not anti-criticism. I am anti-bullying.

Idk. I'm a teacher with an Art Education degree, and I believe one of the most important things is to encourage people's interest in the arts, not push them away (out of a mean-spirited attempt to seem cooler by proxy). My favorite Mister Rogers quote (applies to artists of all ages):

"Do you like to draw with crayons? I'm not very good at it. But it doesn't matter. It's the fun of doing it that's important. Now, I wouldn't have made that if I just thought about it. No matter how anybody says it is....It feels good to have made something."

edit: adding in a relevant C.S. Lewis quote as well, on enjoying "childish things"

“Critics who treat ‘adult’ as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”

Join my Cringe Challenge here! Cringey Pony OC Challengefigured my last status would work better as a journal SO
I've got a little challenge for all my artists that love making MLP OCs~
if you want to, i'd sure appreciate if ya'll would design the "cringiest", most "mary-sue/gary stu" pony your brain can concoct, and submit your design to this journal in a comment. I'd like to do a piece about how cringe culture restricts our freedom as makers and consumers of content, so I'll be picking one of your "cringe" designs and drawing it! I'd like to make clear that this is not meant to be mean-spirited, your mock OC will be drawn respectfully, and hopefully be used to get those haters of "cringe-y OCs" to question why they feel the need to mock other people's harmless interests.
You can go however nuts you want. Break every OC-designing rule, design however you goddamn want. Wanna show me a rainbow-haired alicorn with jewel eyes and two sets of wings? Go for it! Make a black and red overpowered dark lord that cries ink black tears.
This OC was designed by :iconincomingtrouble:, their original (much better, lol) drawing is here: Edgy by incomingtrouble

edit: comments disabled because it's late and i'm tired, and some of ya'll are getting real huffy about a drawing of a rainbow horse with a flowery anti-bullying message. will probably turn comments back on later. For now i think i'm good on being told to kill myself. Great job convincing me cringe culture is totes necessary tho!
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BanditArtaku Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Student General Artist
Cannot even say this enough. I hate how the internet prides itself on catering to the meanest common denominator, and how indifference and mutual disgust are almost required in order to get by without being harassed by someone. It's sickening...and it makes me wonder every day if respect for strangers just isn't being practiced anymore.

Do what you love, not what you think others want you to do.
And if you have nothing nice to say to someone (even in the form of constructive criticism, as you can be kind and constructive), don't even open your mouth! It's that simple.

THAT'S the kind of message we need more of. Now, more than ever.
Perrymomma4 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't share this enough!!! I love this message and nice to see someone else loving that Mr Rogers quote :) You kids are lucky to have such a open vibrant mind teaching them!!!
DrawersKan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course, as long as you post something on the internet, you are always gonna get hate from someone or something.
boondoggling Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay but her mane is actually hella pretty
VickyViolet Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
trashkatz Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Girl this should be paraded EVERYWHERE!
I love your message. Seriously I'm tired with all these bullshit about "cringe" culture.

Also just to show my animosity towards some content creators who coined deviantart as the "cringe factory of the internet", I have to say, those people need to stfu. All they do is to steal content, shame those contents in their channel, and milk all the viewers from the like-minded people who think the same as them. It infuriates me how they look down on people just because they have OCs that are too edgy or too Mary Sue-ish.

Though setting that aside, I think the only people that are supposed to be policing OCs are the RP groups with specific universes and set of rules since the people joining are supposed to conform on that group. I think it's disrespectful when some people push their OCs in the group and get completely salty to the point of spreading hate to that group if they get rejected, but that's a different story. Though that being said, the admins of RP groups should also not be a dick when they're commenting on certain characters and take them lightly instead of flat-out insulting the artist for creating the OC and not complying for the rules.

I guess in the end it's all about respecting people of what they do (no I'm not talking about the respect that means to look at a person with high regard, but the acknowledgement of their ability of making decisions for themselves, which is also something I've talked about in this forum).

Bless you and let's all hope for a future where this cringe culture can only be found in dead forums.
Roxirin Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I agree. It's so sad to see young artists get discouraged by people telling them their OCs are 'cringey'. That being said, I do want to outline a secondary important point: There's a difference between telling someone their OC is bad for meanness, and offering them constructive criticism. There are good and bad characters. Of course, if it's your personal character, it shouldn't matter if by definition the character is not well-balanced in personality, or if it doesn't have a harmonious colour palette, or whatever else. As a character designer, though, I'm always happy to offer people advice on how to improve their characters; unless, of course, they WANT them to be a dragon-winged alicorn with rainbow hair. In which case, that's absolutely fine :)
SilverNeko1 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
This is a very interesting (and definitely colorful) character, I love her so much!
phoenixdragon Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018
I want to see all the cringey sparkly rainbow things
Kari-1994 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love her mane.
09099aazz Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I really hate the word "cringe" the very same people ruined it for me. They're the same people that just emphasize art by using words like "cancer" "I NEED THE BLEACH" and obviously "cringe". They just kept repeating it over and fucking over, especially in 2016 where it just made me loose faith in humanity. I kept seeing people attacking artists (including new ones) just because. They're not funny, they're just immature, closed minded, mouth breathers. It makes me so furious. 
TamaTheLion Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018
Thank god.
I've seen so many people complaining about this 'cringe culture' and making fun of so many people- especially in the MLP, sonic and lion king fandom.

Major respect for you for posting this and helping people get over this shitty culture.
Galaxyart7 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Destroy Cringe Culture by Galaxyart7  
piixiev Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly, all these comments against this message are just determined to destroy the positive point you're trying to bring across. Either that or they didn't bother reading any of description. Pay no attention to anyone who tells you to "KYS", they're really the ones who should be cringed at. 
lilaarigs Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
SatansTeenageAngst0 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Whenever you come across some normie hatin' on your bizz, just do what our lord and master Jake Paul says and DAB on those haters, boi. 
(Typing this hurt me, I am the true cringe.)
TROPICALSODA Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your comment is just 👌
X0m1n0usX Featured By Owner Edited Jun 25, 2018  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
As someone who's had their art posted constantly on the same cringe comp twitter account for 3 years (which recently stopped), nearly destroyed myself because I thought everyone was against me, and was paranoid 24/7 and didn't wanna post LBP art for a while: I couldn't agree more with this! Finally someone talks about this.

Cringe culture is nothing but destructive, and what really upsets me is how often people confuse it with criticism (often constructive criticism) as if there's not a difference anymore. 
LawrenceK Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I dig the horse and the message both. 
The-Nova-verse Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this needed to be said man. needed to be said. let peeps draw what make them happy. :) don't hear that around a lot. glad someone did!
dragoline Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why would ppl call your art cringe in the first place? Sure, it's about colorful ponies and the show can sometimes be a little girly or childish imo. But your art is good and your characters and artstyle too. And I find ponies to be fun to draw. Even though I don't like mlp that much.

Anyone who hates your art can just ignore it.
Or even block you if they don't like it at all.
Phoenix-Spark-MLP Featured By Owner Edited Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, this is a good message. There are a lot of people bully under the guise of giving "helpful criticism". 
The amount of people in the comments missing the point is staggering.
Can I also just point out that a lot of people against this message are trying to defend criticism but clearly can't take it themselves?? They view the message as potential criticism directed at their behaviour and they freak out, and try really hard to perceive this as an anti-criticism message. They post death threats and try to argue that  this is a "controversial" message. That's not how you take criticism. I mean how is that "thick-skinned"? That's just hypocritical. A lot of the people who disagree/argue either missed the point, misinterpreted it, or just want to argue. 
Georgia1811 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 24, 2018  Student General Artist
i love this!
Fangurl2000 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Please teach me how to draw! I love your artwork so much and I love how you remade an already awesome pony! The hair and the wings looks amazing and I love the expression! rainbow heart 2 rainbow heart 2 rainbow heart 2 rainbow heart 2 
artist9795 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Don't you have anything better besides ponies?
buqwhore Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its their art, they can draw as many ponies as they want, its not that big of a deal
09099aazz Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Hilarious considering your artwork of what i assume you call humans, is utter trash. Congratulations on missing the point of the artwork, moron. 
Phoenix-Spark-MLP Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Woosh! What was that sound? Oh yeah-the point flying right over your head. Maybe you have better things to do than commenting on something you don't like. : )
SnowingThunder Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2018
Wow, you really can't understand the meaning of this art right here.
PastramiiPillow Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't you have anything better besides asking that question?
artist9795 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Not really, Bronyfeg
PastramiiPillow Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how you automatically assume that I'm a fag even though I've never seen or met you in person.  Just goes to show how prejudiced you normies are.  And quite frankly, it takes one to know one.
KatipTolamun Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was terrified to draw any of my characters and you gave me the inspiration to join deviantart and actually post the art I made. Thank you so much for that Lopoddity! 
Iskalt Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this, really gives me some confidence to do what I love and not let others' opinions dominate my thoughts.
MauEvig Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG YES! I applaud you for this. I got all kinds of bs when I was younger when creating OCs. Personally I never had a problem with "sparkles" although to be fair, they seem out of place in certain fandoms, but fine for others. But I say people do what they want.
She's lovely by the way. 
Mickeymonster Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018
You're a teacher? O_O
Lopoddity Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Student Digital Artist
i kno rite, who let me have a degree

But ya, I'm a teacher. Not at the moment though, it's summertime and school is out~
Mickeymonster Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018
Should've figured from how good your art is. x'p

But I do agree, there's nothing as destructive as getting policed on how to have fun, that's the opposite of it. Everybody who just wants to draw should be able to draw whatever they want.
PastAilen Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She is beauty and grace :3
OCEC Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
The mane looks like a rainbow lava lamp. 
IsabelBrightlight Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018
In one of Russian social networks there's an actual group who call people with OC's connected to canon characters and/or alicorns - "faeries". They say they are "great critics" but they just trash people, "trying to cure" them. And what's more disgusting, that the admin of this group steals characters and sells them. Also most of the subs of this group are agressive as hell
I hate this group so freaking much
Not that I disagree with the overall message, but...

"So what if somebody makes up an over-powered self-insert and ships them with a canon character"

Frankly, I think _that_ one is more likely to draw the wrath of people "
unironically passionate about the fandom". :) (Smile) 
Phoenix-Spark-MLP Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
But why does seeing someone making a self-insert and shipping them with a canon character so upsetting to you? If you personally don't care for it, find something else you do enjoy. It doesn't affect you, so don't linger. If you don't wanna see it, leave and move on.
luna150 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But why? Why does that affect you? Why do you personally need to police them?
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018
I don't police them, Ms. AssumesBadThingsAboutOtherPeople. I don't even downvote them. I dislike making other people feel bad. I just really don't want to read them, and understand why other people get pissy about them. 
luna150 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Frankly, I think _that_ one is more likely to draw the wrath of people 'unironically passionate about the fandom"

Gee, I wonder why I assumed! Completely out of a left field! My bad!
MissShirisaido Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh so beautiful :D I love the way the hair is like all kinda goopy at the ends? You know?
Chewy-Tartz Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Student General Artist
holy crap the way you drew that is adorable!
Lishadra Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I love this positivity!
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