Just a short note here for now, to announce that I have been blocked by reptileye (reptileye.deviantart.com/) for making a comment on his image “Take It Easy."
My comment was:
“Where's that fuckin' magic lasso when I really need it? The coloring here, BTW, is really superb.”
His reply was:
“Sorry, but no bad language on my house, not without any cammo at least. Good bye”
Now, it’s certainly within this artist’s right to block anyone from commenting at his gallery, at any time. Sort of like the lunch counter sign that says “We reserve the right to refuse to serve anyone without notice.” But you’d think that there’d be some common sense involved, no?
First, obviously, the use of the term “fuckin’” was not directed at the artist, or at the artist’s image, but to make fun of the character, Wonder Woman. And god knows that’s a character open to being mocked – as she is all the time at dA.
Second, it’s not as if I went off on a swearing rampage, or anything. One word, used for humorous purposes, and not to anyone’s harm (except, in a stretch of the imagination, WW herself).
Third, part of my comment was in fact a compliment, and a genuine one, directed to the artist.
Fourth, there’s nothing I said that violates dA’s TOS. Not in any way.
Fifth, I have a long history of occasional commentary on this artist’s work, all of it supportive and complimentary.
Sixth, upon receipt of his message to me, I immediately tried to reply with: “My apologies. I shall be more circumspect in all further comments to you.” – And that’s when I discovered I was blocked!
So, then, what’s his problem? He knows I love his work. Is he a zero-tolerance crusader for clean language (whatever that is)? Does he have something against me personally? Did he misread my comment and believe it was directed at him (he could very well be a non-native English speaker, and so have misunderstood. He says on his profile page that he’s a male from Chile, and has been on dA for 5 years).
To react to a potential misunderstanding or a minor infraction as a major offense to one’s personal value system and then triggering an atomic bomb is hardly adult. One wishes to clarify confusion in communication, not beat the shit out of someone who appears communicating a little differently from oneself. At least, that’s my value system.
I’m not asking anyone to do anything. Except maybe the artist in question, to whom I would like the opportunity to offer an apology for being a first-time offender, and hope that he has the good grace to give me that opportunity.
But I did want you guys to know about this. We need to be checking our aggression at the door.