I’d just like the rper behind Allthetricksters to know that I am super glad they’re back. I love having them on my dash, and they were missed when they went away. They have a wonderful handle of their muse, with well thought out, and detailed headcanons.
CM here, and I have three things to address.
What one does online is not separate from one’s own “real life” as people might assume it is.
Recently, it has come to my attention that RP Burn Books are increasing in popularity. There is one in particular that seems to be gathering quite a bit of attention: The Roleplayers’ Burn Book.
If you’ve ever seen the movie Mean Girls, you know that this account is based off of the book Regina created to slam her fellow classmates. Protagonist, Cady Heron, makes a post in the book calling her (innocent) math teacher a drug peddler out of anger.The administrators are taking a “page of out Regina’s book” and are posting abusive, hurtful messages about fellow rpers that Tumblr users send in.
Within the rules, it states that these administrators will never give out their accounts or information. I assume this is to protect themselves from supposed “abusive” messages they receive from people that want the blog to be taken down. The only thing we do know is that one of the admins uses the alias “A” — the same alias used by a big-name bully, criminal and murderer in the series Pretty Little Liars.
While the administration of this account also has rules against messages promoting self harm or suicide, they do encourage messages that ruthlessly berate and insult fellow rpers. These messages are not meant to help users improve, but to knock them down a few pegs. They seem to take joy in knocking others down. Each message crafted with a demeaning tone unless they’ve been agreed with.
Yet, in a recent text post, A says, “We’ve been threatened and abused by pretty much everyone who wants this blog gone… Sending us hate is exactly the same as us posting all this shit.” In response to an ask, she expands on this: “You litterally cannot come here and tell us that we can’t do what we’re doing because it’s promoting hate when you guys are doing exactly that to anyone who is fine with this blog existing.”
It’s amazing to me that she doesn’t seem to realize that since they have protected themselves, they have anonymity. They may log out of their accounts and escape. Those that fall victim to their burn messages cannot. (After all, they’ve posted messages asking that members please remember to accurately spell the urls of those they burn. That doesn’t sound like someone that just passes along the message. That sounds like someone that is invested in causing pain and making certain that the target sees it.)
The roleplay community — no matter where you go — has never been free of hate or abuse. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t shave some of it away and make things better for everyone. Like Cady, we need to realize that like “calling someone fat won’t make you any thinner” and ruining Regina’s life didn’t make her “any happier”, spreading hateful messages about other rpers and making these burn entries won’t make us our characters any better or our writing more powerful. (Click here to hear the whole spiel.)
RP is about working together to give us all an escape through meaningful interactions. Though it’s tempting to fight for popularity and seek superiority, this never ends wells. Especially for the “Queen Bees” of today.
Remember what happened to the owner of the Burn Book in Mean Girls? Regina got hit by a bus because she was so focused on putting Cady down instead of watching herself.
And those of us that partake in burning our friends and enemies? You’ll be flattened by the swelling frustration and anger of the rp community. You’re not a Queen Bee at all — like Regina, you’re just a bully. “You’re plastic. Cold, shiny, hard plastic.”
So, what can we do to stop all this? Don’t post to these blogs. Don’t support them or seek them out. Keep your distance. And above all, express your frustration or disapproval in a healthy, constructive way. Remember that the person you’re insulting — abusing — is a real, live, feeling individual that came to the rp community to have fun. Just. Like. You.
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