Thanks to the absurd length that Weasyl has gone to 1) protect the copyright of people who have not complained that their copyright has been violated, 2) Enforce policies regarding icons, of all things, when no one has complained about an icon, and 3) removed items that were clearly in the public domain claiming they were a violation of site policy when they were clearly not, and 4) shown that they simply cannot be trusted to determine what is, and what is not a violation of copyright or even their own policy, it is now necessary for me to remove myself from Weasyl.
First off, this isn't about me and it isn't about politics. It doesn't matter whether you lean left or lean right, conservative or liberal, this extremist infighting has got to stop. I know that most of you don't like any of this, that we're supposed to be a fandom of people who love art and creativity. We've got dozens of wonderful conventions every year, huge networks of artists and fans. It's an accepting community, where you can be your nerdy, weirdo self and nobody is going to give you hell for it. At least that's what it's supposed to be.
I'm not some troll who loves upsetting people. But I've been thinking far too politically, I've missed the true nature of what's going on. The far left and far right are in a constant conflict, continually trying to out-smear the other and the rest of us are getting dragged along for the ride.
I'm writing this as a plea, for people who are tired of this relentlessly judgmental atmosphere, of political infighting and smearing. This community matters more than who is right or wrong politically. What matters is that we are each individuals who all have our part to play in what makes furry such a fantastic, wonderful thing. Right now it's being poisoned and people are really feeling it.
If you're a popular artist or a patron, if you're part of this community and you're worried about where it's going, please say something. Please, please stand up for what we have and don't let it go down the plughole. The 20th century saw the whole world torn apart by the far left and far right and we've all seen the same two demons rising again in society. It's spreading into everything and it has to stop before it gets so bad we lose everything that's important. I'm scared, I won't lie to you. If you feel as I do, I'm not asking you to join a club or support a side, please speak up, we all need to hear you and see you. I don't care if you're left or right, this is about having a place where we can be left and right in the first place, and that's okay.
If you have some popularity and pull in this fandom, please use the position you have rightly worked hard for to spread some calm and sanity. I'm worried we're just going to tear ourselves apart and this community needs you.