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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.
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Luh-M
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I'm Luiza, but sometimes I'm Luh. 17 years old. Human. Female. Brazilian.

Well, I joined this site to meet people from the TD fandom and comment and fave artworks. I plan on being posting something that is not shitty one day. I'm trying to improve my drawing skills.

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MY FRIENDS:

:iconstar-chaser97: - My Gwent fan, comment stalking aunt


:iconsegasister: - RP buddies, co-authors and partners in crime

:iconnarutardourannote: - My amazing friend who left sadly left dA. I'll miss you, Kat. (And I still have those ponies)

:iconakira500: - My friend who I have long conversations with :D

:iconaskgwen: - Stepmommy whose comments I stalk O3O

:iconireallyhatemylife: - My friend who loves to ship ;P

:iconlilalety: - My Brazilian, Daltador loving, Neopets buddy

:icongothxmusiciangxt: - My sister who has an awesome username and who lives faaar away .3.

Amazing artists who are also amazing people: :icongwennieblack: :iconcid-vicious:
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SEGASister Jan 8, 2014  Student Writer

Every night , someone thinks about you before they go to sleep,
At least fifteen people in this world love you.
The only reason someone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you
There are at least two people in this world that would die for you
You mean the world to someone.
Someone that you don't even know exists loves you

When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look.
Always remember the compliments you've received.
Forget the rude remarks.
So if you are a loving friend, send this to everyone on your list including the person that sent it to you.
Tonight at midnight your true love will realize they like you.
Something good will happen to you between 12 in the morning and four o'clock pm tomorrow, it could be anywere . Get ready for the biggest shock in your life
If you break this chain YOU will be cursed with relationship problems for
the next ten years . 


Send this to fifteen people in fifteen minutes !!
Make Someone else's day! Help get a smile on someone's face! Help someone out! <3 remember that your loved

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. 😉
= Fight for you 
= Respect you
= Involve you
= Encourage you
= Need You
= Deserve you 
= Save you
Send this to all your friends & me if I'm one......If you get 4 back you are liked but if you get 7 back then you are seriously loved.

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:iconluh-m:
I don't do chains, but thanks ^^ This is sweet
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:iconsegasister:
SEGASister Jan 8, 2014  Student Writer
NP :)
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Christlover357 Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Merry Christmas Luh!!!
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:iconluh-m:
Merry Christmas ^^
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DASantos Dec 2, 2013  Student
THANK SO MUCH FOR +fav  :love:
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:iconluh-m:
YOU ARE WELCOME
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LaTameh Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for +watch me <3
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You're welcome :D
And thanks for watching me too
...why are you watching me? I hardly have anything decent in my galery
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LaTameh Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you kidding me?! your art is awesome! and I know that you are talented and you are going to improve very fast! and I want to see your future draws <3
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