Hey everyone, so I thought I'd drop in and give you an update concerning everything and talk about something that has been bothering me lately. Keeping Justice is steadily chugging along. You would think the film would be done by now but, as I may have stated earlier, this is going to be a two hour movie. We should have about 90% of it done by this weekend, if everything goes according to plan...which it never does. However, I'm confident in our abilities as a team to knock this shit out of the park.
Now, onto the main reason I wanted to write this post. I want to destroy the cancer that is spreading around. No, not third wave feminism, that shit is wiping itself out with ridiculous all female remakes of other films. Seriously, if you want to portray women as strong characters, why not just write something new...oh wait, this is Hollywood we're talking about. Original content is not exactly their forte.
I digress. No, the cancer that is spreading is this idea that if someone doesn't like something that it simply means they're jealous. I first heard this idea while watching one of I Hate Everything's Comment Comeback videos and immediately figured it was children. However, this mentality is slowly beginning to spread around people my age. "If you don't like this, it's simply because you're jealous." No, I don't like that thing because it is too flawed for me to appreciate.
Example: I'm part of the vidme community and someone recently made a video criticizing the tip jar feature. I agreed that tips should not be visible to other people but it has nothing to do with being jealous. I am a very private person for the most part and don't want people to know how much I make or how much I spent on last night's cocaine fueled hooker party (thanks to all the people who have bought our DVDs for making last night possible).
The part that made me mad is another vidmer (I like it more than vidizen, sorry), said the person was jealous and that's why they were criticizing it. Vidme retweeted this, basically agreeing that it was a jealousy thing. Look vidme dudes and dudettes, if you're reading this, I love you guys; but don't be like that. That approach is how YouTube started down the path to the dark side. My suggestion? Make it an option to have tips seen or not. I know there are a lot of people that love bragging, but I don't...unless it's about cocaine fueled hooker parties.
I could go on about the people who say "if you don't like this person it's because you're jealous of them," because it's obvious they are children. I don't dislike Justin Bieber because I'm jealous of him, I simply find his music to sound like a cat having its rectum pulled out...not that I know what that sounds like ASPCA.
Look, I know that negative criticism is not fun, I get it all the time. However, if I responded to my critics with "you're just jealous," I would be a laughing stock among my community. I don't make the best films around, you don't need to tell me that, but I am doing something, which is a lot more than I can say about my detractors. I could tell them that they don't understand us (because a lot of them don't) but that's just invalidating their opinion.
At the end of the day, that's my problem with people being "just jealous," it invalidates their opinion entirely. Instead of seeking a way to improve, you're simply saying that everything they say is invalid. Next time someone says something negative, stop and think about if anything they said is true. If you feel something is true, take that to help better yourself. Criticize A Final Hit's audio all you want, I know it sucks, but I at least know how to fix it with Keeping Justice.
That's about it. Hopefully you have read to the very end of this and didn't just file it under TL;DR. If you are a creator of anything (a website, a story, a movie, food) take negative criticism into consideration. It's not all trolls or "jealous people", there are some people that just want to see you succeed. I love seeing people succeed, however, I will rip them to shreds in the beginning. If you learn to eat your negative criticism and spit out the bones, I think we can create some truly awesome stuff.