just a theory but p sure it’s b/c you have taken the time to like, clearly draw a line in the sand & say that your reasons for not consuming something have something to do with a moral stand and not a matter of merely not having time to consume sth, people are nervous you’re becoming a sjw and trying to test you for hypocrisy to prove they don’t need to care what you think.
b/c they don’t seem to understand that caring what someone else thinks is always going to be on them in the end anyway, and life’s too short to care about everything and some of the reasons (not all, but for real, it’s always, always going to be some) we choose not to care about shit will be because the creators, publishers, distributors, whatevers, are people who have committed a crime, who have attacked people or used their platform to inspire other people to do it for them, and who do not deserve the attention we could pay them if they had not done what they’ve done, some of these reasons will go way beyond “oh well i just don’t like them because [superficial wonkery]”.
a lot of folks have trouble dealing with that. people have been raised up so enmeshed in the machinery of corporatized capitalist liberalism and have so thoroughly internalized the idea that all thoughts are post-critical, sub-moral marketing opportunities to be exploited by all who encounter them that it sounds like “objectivism” to say “these are the facts and because these are the facts i am walking away and it doesn’t really matter about feelings because these facts do mean something” and we don’t even register that we’re doing it; we live in a schizopolitical state where reality has no market value and no one can trust facts and this has, inevitably, spread to interpersonal relationships. it’s terrible and effective. our decision-making process should probably not be run like a flea market.
we are not all going to get along. we are not all capable of being friends. and that’s fine. one of the most important things about taking care of ourselves, that the internet so often forgets, is giving ourselves permission to burn bridges, giving ourselves permission to fuck right off, giving ourselves permission to just fucking say “no” to whatever the fuck we want so we can contextualize and give weightier meaning when we do say “yes”. and that yeah, we have to give that permission to ourselves, because no one else will give it to us until we take it away from them first.
everyone can and will draw the line at different places and differently when they do draw it, but some of the places we draw those lines at shouldn’t be taken as excuses to cross them in front of us and people have trouble understanding the notion of consequence.
not everyone has to like things. not everyone has to be anyone’s friend. we are not commodities. we are people. people are not follower counts, they are individual little lives that you cannot control and cannot predict. if you are not helpful to someone else’s well-being then it doesn’t matter if you were someone who mattered to their emotional growth or whatever they have every right to walk away and that includes walking away from the things you make.
everyone deserves to be loved, sure. but everyone is a broad category, and everyone does not deserve to be loved by everyone.
This is very, very wise.