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I'm Chaeni, a slash fanfic writer. I currently post a lot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (specially Thor/Loki and Bucky/Steve), Queer as Folk, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Star Trek, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, anime, and cat/animal pictures, but a little bit of everything is likely to appear here. I'm liberal and that's likely to show as well.
“Passion, it lies in all of us, sleeping... waiting... and though unwanted... unbidden... it will stir... open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us... guides us... passion rules us all, and we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love... the clarity of hatred... and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion maybe we'd know some kind of peace... but we would be hollow... Empty rooms shuttered and dank. Without passion we'd be truly dead.”
- hydra merchandising is not cool
- death eater merchandising is not cool
- the harry potter fandom embracing death eater imagery is not cool
- the mcu cast and marvel staff embracing hydra imagery is not cool
impressionable children who don’t know better are being sold the images and logos of fictional extremist hate movements that are very clear metaphors for real extremist hate movements as something innocent and attractive, and that is not cool
Well, being one of the kids who’s sick of the heroes always winning in kid’s movies (which is quite unrealistic considering the real world) I actually very much like villains. They’re never given the upper hand.
Just because I like them, though, doesn’t mean I agree with them. Neither do other kids. Besides, the death eater symbol is pretty cool. So are hydras.
there is a very clear difference between ‘appreciating villains’ and ‘rooting for genocide’. specially in the case of hydra, which is not a metaphor for nazism but a (fictional) branch of the actual, real world first nazi movement. you can make excuses for death eaters (a well written villain doesn’t justify that the industry around the harry potter series glamorizes purist ideals and sells them to young children; but whatever), but there is no ‘metaphor’ in hydra. hydra is a nazi movement.
appreciating the hydra agents as well written antagonists is cool, wanting to explore the possibility of aus where hydra wins because dystopia is an important genre in social commentary is super cool; but apologizing for, defending or even rooting for hydra, and adopting their imagery is literally rooting for a nazi movement. there is not much to argue there.
but it doesn’t have to do with you or me individually agreeing with racial purity ideals, but with the fact that the industry sells racial purists and neo zasis as likeable and redeemable villains, or even ‘anti heroes’. see: the maos head writer calling himself and ‘hydra agent’ and then saying that grant ward’s actions don’t make him a villain.