Why does everyone hate fans of the sci-fi cartoon Rick & Morty? It's a question that spawned two massive threads on the Rick & Morty fansite known as Reddit. A Twitter search for "Rick & Morty fans" shows that yeah, a lot of people do hate them, calling them obnoxious and elitist.
There are two answers:
- Some Rick & Morty fans are annoying.
- Some Rick & Morty fans are abusive.
Neither of these problems is unique to Rick & Morty. And it's possible, even easy, not to be either type of fan. Here's what to avoid.
Don't be annoying
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To some extent, any fan of anything popular will be a little annoying to a non-fan. If you don't watch Game of Thrones or Arrested Development, or listen to One Direction or Beyoncé, or read David Foster Wallace or Harry Potter, you get this. But in all these cases, it's the extreme fans who really ruin things for the rest of us.
If you're a good fan, you want everyone to enjoy what you enjoy. (If you don't, well, more on you below.) So here are some tips for behaving in public so you don't drive everyone else away.
- Don't act like the object of your fandom is better than Shakespeare. Hell, maybe it is! A Midsummer Night's Dream is overrated. But you're setting up an impossible bar for this thing to reach, and when someone finally tries it out, they will be disappointed. That's why they're reluctant to hear you out -- they know you're setting this thing up too high, so you've destroyed your credibility.
- Don't wrap your entire life around one piece of culture, until your identity is indistinguishable from it. Think twice before making the characters your avatar and screenname, or comparing absolutely everything to this one piece of culture. Love it, recommend it, point out all the ways it's excellent, but don't let it take you over. Because what's left of you when this thing goes away? What kind of life is one defined by consumption? If you've invested too much in your fave, you'll value it more than other human beings, and you'll start doing the abusive things in the second half of this post.
- Think critically about which character you compare yourself to. Do other characters view this character as an arsehole? Do you try to emulate even their flaws? Do you think you "love" this character more than its creator? These are all red flags!
- Catchphrases are a sometimes food. You don't need to scream "Pickle Riiiick!" into the YouTube comments like a football chant; you don't need to wedge it into every remotely related conversation. It's like playing your favourite song as your morning alarm; it ruins the magic. Cf. "The cake is a lie," "I took an arrow to the knee," and finishing sentences with "…bitch!"
- Don't yell at people for not liking what you like. Don't tell them they're too dumb to like it. That's the fandom equivalent of "You're just jealous!"
Don't be abusive
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Much worse than the annoying fans, while often opposed to them, are the elitist fans. They also love their fave too much, but instead of spamming this love out to as many people as possible, they try to hoard it for themselves, insisting that other people, including the people who make it, don't deserve to join the fandom.
While the conversation above was probably made up (to impress who exactly?), it's common for fans to "test" other fans, and it's overwhelmingly a male-on-female attack. Baseball fan Megan Brown once famously told off some dick from a dating app who decided to test whether a woman could really be a fan of a sport OMG.
It's no coincidence that this behaviour is largely committed by men, against women. Why would you possibly single out women to "test," unless you believe that women are inherently less capable of enjoying things? And why would you believe that, unless you believe women are less human?
Most despicably, in behaviour that recalls the sexist and dumb-as-rocks abuse of Breaking Bad actress Anna Gunn, some Rick & Morty fans have harassed the show's women writers, threatening them personally, blaming them for "ruining" the show. It got so bad that a Reddit moderator who worked on the show publicly called it out at length.
The moderator was cheered by many decent fans. As with most fandoms, the vast majority of Rick & Morty viewers are decent people, pissed off that some jerkwad is giving them all a bad name.
Dan Harmon, co-creator of the show, lit into the abusive fans too:
These knobs, that want to protect the content they think they own -- and somehow combine that with their need to be proud of something they have, which is often only their race or gender. It's offensive to me as someone who was born male and white, and still works way harder than them, that there's some white male [fan out there] trying to further some creepy agenda by 'protecting' my work. I've made no bones about the fact that I loathe these people. It f -- ing sucks.
He pointed out that not only is this "disgusting," it's also stupid: The fans thought that if a woman writer was credited with writing an episode, that somehow she was the only one who worked on it. But, Harmon says, "I want to scream at my computer: 'You idiots, we all write the show together!'"
Don't be that guy. Don't get so full of yourself for liking something that you think you own it. You don't. The person who made it owns it, and when they see you trying to hoard the enjoyment that is theirs to freely give, they will strike you down with furious vengeance.
They will point at you in front of everyone and show how little you actually know the thing you "defended."
When you cringe at the annoying type of fan, don't abuse them. Quietly ignore them, or guide them toward the light. Work from an assumption that they truly enjoy the show and simply didn't realise the depth of conversation they can have. Treat them as your ally.
But remember that they probably don't want to be "educated." After all, if any of the above describes you, you really hated this little lecture, didn't you?
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Alex here! Sorry I’ve been gone for such a long time! But stuff happened and I’m back so, without further a do, let’s get on to it! Here is the list of the top 25 weirdest, wackiest and funniest websites ever on the internet.
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Unlike many subreddits you may see on Reddit, this is by the far the weirdest one you’ll ever see!
This website take a random gif of a cat and plays a song to go with it, how great! You can even donate money to them…
If you’re ever in dire need of a yodel, this is the best place to go to I suppose!
This website brings reading and fun into one big awesome strange… thingy… I hope you’ll enjoy it!
So we’re into the top 20 so far, without further a do, let’s continue!
Warning, this website contains guns, lasers and a lot of “pew pew pew”‘s
This website is purely dedicated to Arnold Sailormoonegger, what the heck?
If you’re ever in need of Bill Cosby’s wonderful face, this website is certainly the place to visit!
The best website in the whole entire world, well, not the best, I mean we still have like 15 more to go…
Okay, we’re into the top 15! Which means the number one will come very soon! Have you checked any sites out yet?
If you’re ever sad or down, maybe you’ve lost somebody, I reccomend you to go to this website and press that button
He-man sings “What’s Up” forever, you’re gonna be pretty entertained by this one!
I’m sure the queen would enjoy this seeing as she loves corgi’s
Even more dogs, anyone else feel that dogs are just so jealous of nyan cat?
If you don’t want to be la la la’ing a tune all day long, I suggest not clicking on the link above!
Okay, we’re in the top ten! It’s time to find out the number one!
This is what happens when the internet trips out!
Here’s the old classic, zombo.com! Originally made as a parody of flash websites that take ages to load. Wait for it to load though!
If you ever need a cuddle, there are lots of people here that would love one to, hmm… just weird!
This is a website specifically designed to give you an online massage, I’m not even kidding!
At first, it seems like a normal text document writing thing, until it writes an essay on anything for you!
So we’re at number 5! Not long to go until number one now! Let’s carry on…
And here it is! This guy took nyan cat and made a whole awesome website on how long you can try and survive it!
The most fun with an eel you’ll ever have
An infinitely zooming image. Makes you feel weird but very relaxed…
Place your mouse pointer somewhere on the screen. It will load and then someone will point directly towards the cursor, it’s freaky, because it’s right every time!
Before we reveal the number one, let’s go through some runner up’s!
One of the most ragey sites in history!
Well, the only way to describe this is… leekspin!
Jim Carrey has his own website? What the heck? Oh God that’s weird…
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Well, it’s time to get to the number one!
You may be excpecting a jumpscare but don’t worry, there isn’t one. This website is still extremely creepy though. Give it access to your webcam and microphone and watch what happens when you turn off the lights!
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