In light of all the silliness going on, I thought I’d add my two cents.
First of all, I want to make this clear.
A lot of the “criticisms” (I put this in quotations because most of the time it isn’t criticism, its baseless accusations and harassment) are absolutely, 100% correct.
The first few seasons of Hetalia were absolutely full of Nazi propaganda and racism. There’s a huge amount of toxicity in the fandom surrounding racism, Nazism, fetishization of mlm relationships, and promoting incest.
This is bad. There’s no dancing around it and no ifs ands or buts.
I also want to make this clear as well,
I hate Hetalia as a show for these reasons.
What I don’t hate, is the segment of the community that I have stumbled into.
I don’t know about the rest of the muns here, but part of why I have these askblogs is due to reclamation.
The idea of anthropomorphized countries is a very interesting and fun idea, but, unfortunately, it was used for evil.
I use it to explore aspects of different countries and cultures in a fun way. You have no idea all the stuff I’ve learnt about different countries from this blog alone!
I like to compare what I’m doing to the Harry Potter fandom.
J.K Rowlings is a shitty person. Shes a transphobic, homophobic, cultural appropriating antisemite. BUT she has created a world that a lot of people love and cherish, so they’re taking it back from her. I’m doing the same thing. I’m taking something problematic by nature and using it as a tool for good.
I know for a fact that there are a lot of people in this community that are doing the same thing.
Making generalizations about the people in the community is very wrong. Automatically labelling everyone in the community as Nazis is wrong.
Especially when you take a moment to realize that a lot of people in the community fall into the categories of people that would have been fucking killed by the Nazis.
I have met a numerous amount of Jewish people who are in this fandom, along with Romani, Polish and Slavic folks. There are tons of POC in the fandom. The amount of LGBTQ+ people in the fandom is huge. Along with people who are physically and/or mentally disabled.
I, myself, am a physically disabled, neuro-atypical trans lesbian. If I was alive during WW2, the Nazis would have fucking killed me. Plain and simple.
To me it seems that this is once again an issue of tumblr seeing things as black and white, rather than what it really is
Essentially, to sum things up, making generalizations is not good and accusing people of something as serious as being a Nazi without proper evidence just because they are part of a show’s fandom is also not good.
Cause if that was the case, you should be going after people into Archer, Attack on Titan, Jojo’s Bizzare adventure, South Park and a huge variety of other shows in this stupid crusade instead of singling out ONE fandom. It proves that people aren’t doing this out of some sense of justice. It show’s that they’re just looking for someone to harass. (Especially cause I’ve heard that some of the guilty party are members of some of the fandoms listed above)