Yeah I'm gonna talk about the Mike thing.
If you don't know what the Mike thing is you've probably never been to tumblr. You should go to tumblr. The fandom is much more intelligent there.
Basically, there's been a lot of talk about Mike and how he is an offensive character. That is because he is an inaccurate portrayal of DID, which is a real and very serious disorder, and therefore offends people who have to deal with mental illnesses. His personality also revolves around his disorder, as well as his "stereotype", he cures himself by pushing a reset button in his brain and relies on Zoey to "fix" him. There are more reasons of why he is problematic but I don't feel like explaining everything and honestly this should be enough. If you want to read more about it go to tumblr. Seriously.
Anyway, there's been a lot of debate about that, as well as a not very positive response by Fresh TV. I feel like this issue isn't really discussed here in dA and that is why I felt like it was necessary to bring it up. Not everybody understands how problematic Mike is and that is an issue.
"But he is not a real person". Does that mean that if I, say, made a cartoon that is racist as fuck it would be okay because it's just a cartoon? No. That doesn't make it okay. Misrepresentation of mental illness is never okay, ESPECIALLY if it's a cartoon targeted towards children who don't have the critical thinking to question what they see. Representation in media matters a lot because it's how a lot of people learn things.
"But Mike is just another stereotype". I shouldn't have to explain why labeling someone by their disorder is not the same thing as labeling someone as "the goth girl" or "the homeschooled boy"
"But Mike haters are so RUDE111!! and they don't respect mah opinions!!". Only if you have a dangerous opinion. If you're wrong, they're gonna tell you without sugarcoating it.
"How is a fictional character more important than the feelings of real people?" Funny. You know what "offensive" means? It means it offends someone. And there are a lot of people who are offended by Mike. Actual real people who struggle with their own mental disorders. So basically when you say that Mike isn't offensive you're saying they shouldn't be offended. You are pretty much saying they're overreacting for being hurt by a character that makes a mockery out of their conditions. So people lash at you for defending Mike it's because you are doing the exact same thing you're accusing them of doing. Fancy that.
"So I'm not allowed to defend Mike?" No you're not. Because you don't have the right to tell people how they should feel. Especially if you don't even have a mental illness, because then what do you even know. If you do have one and you're not offended by Mike, that's great. I'm not saying you should be. But you have to understand that Mike is problematic nonetheless and just because he doesn't hurt you doesn't mean you get to tell other people they shouldn't be mad. Their anger is completely justified.
Let me be very clear: don't defend him. Don't defend anything that's problematic just because you like it
"So I cant like Mike?" Some people may disagree, but I think you can. This post explains it really well vasundharaa.tumblr.com/post/35…
To sum it up, if there are things you enjoyed about Mike, fine. But you have to acknowledge that he is offensive and stop trying to convince people otherwise.