This is a direct response to the Logan Paul fiasco that started up yesterday. I don't usually react so vehemently, but this hits very close to home for me. And as I am very community-oriented, I have to say this and this message goes out to all of you and anyone else who is heavily involved with a community.
I love communities. I do. But sometimes they scare me so much. Blind loyalty is not a good thing. You can love and respect someone for who they are and what they do, but understand that they are not perfect. And it's perfectly reasonable to hold them accountable for their bullshit.
Hold people, especially those who have a wide range of influence, accountable when they mess up. If you continue to keep them on pedestals and turn a blind eye when they hurt someone, you are doing just as much damage as they did.
This won't even be the last time I say this.
Your role model. Your favorite content creator. Your fav internet celebrity. Guess what?
They. Are. Human.
They will mess up. Everyone does. But don't you dare let them slide when their behavior becomes destructive, toxic, and hurts people. There are people in my life who I love with all my heart. My life would be shambles without them. But if they ever did anything to hurt me, themselves, or another person, I will always calls them out on it. Because if no one does, they don't grow as a person. And I fully expect them to treat me the same.
If you're in a community and you believe that the people you idolize can do no wrong, please rethink how you support them. Because treating them like a god does no one in those communities any favors. In fact, it destroys them. Don't help destroy something you have come to love.