Just a reminder to my fellow cis South Park fans
LAUGH IT UP MUH NIGGAS! HAHAHAH IT’S SOUTH PARK IT AIN’T OCCUPY WALL STREET, IF THE TUMBLRINAS CAN’T STAND DAT HEAT THEN THEY BEST GET OUTTA THE KITCHEN
Just a reminder to my fellow cis South Park fans
Self-Righteousness, Ego, and Complacency - The sad, sad case of GigiDigi.
I’d like to preface this by saying I used to LOVE GigiDigi, AKA Hiimdaisy, AKA Peachi, AKA “That chick that made the funny Metal Gear and Persona parodies.” It’s because I used to love her stuff that I felt the need to write this case-study.
Hiimdaisy started out as a humorist, writing tongue in check summaries of video games. Her comics were great for both pointing out the flaws of the medium’s plot, and also sending up the ridiculous characters which so many people loved. Be it through mocking CQC as “Knife-gun”, or having the culprit of a murder mystery speak in cheery rainbows, Hiimdaisy always knew how to make tasteful, funny parodies. Her art style, simple though it was, was great for reaction images and flowed very well with the dialog. Indeed, for a brief time, Hiimdaisy had done the impossible - be loved by all of tumblr, 4chan, and Reddit alike.
But then she stopped being Hiimdaisy. Hiimdaisy stopped doing her parodies in lieu of working on her own original project. This by itself isn’t bad. It’s actually a sign of artistic maturity, to want to move beyond le funny video games comics. Eschewing her old handle, Hiimdaisy now went by her real life name of Gigi, and debuted her original comic - Cucumber Quest.
Now, Cucumber Quest was hardly a dramatic departure from Hiimdaisy/Gigi’s old stuff. The plot centered around a rabbit-boy named Cucumber, and his quest to achieve a bunch of macguffins for a weakly justified save the world plot. It was, in essence, Paper Mario, and even though Paper Mario is best understood as an interactive medium, the concept was more or less harmless. It was a gradual progression, Gigi wanted to make an original project by using an area comfortable to her - video games.
With an update schedule of MWF, and very pretty art, Cucumber Quest debuted to modest success. It wasn’t the talk of the town like Ava’s Demon, Unsounded, and Paranatural, but it was pretty popular. It had a fundraising campaign which broke six figures, and a moderate fandom.
But it also had something which Gigi wasn’t accustomed to - criticism. Cucumber Quest was a new entity. The characters Gigi made, though intentionally derivative, were still new characters. People reacted to them as they would any other new characters they had no experience with - honestly. And whereas some people loved Cucumber’s apathy and his little sister Almond’s fiestiness, other people didn’t. Some people began saying that the characters of Gigi’s comic were flat, and that the pacing to her plot was too slow. Criticism will come even if one is the best writer around, but Gigi had never experienced negative feedback like that before. It was new to her, and it hurt her.
It was around this time Gigi discovered twitter and tumblr. All she needed to do was tweet to get a whole bunch of positive feedback, and browse the CQ tags on tumblr to see people enjoying her comic. So to twitter and tumblr she retreated. She entered into a world where everything she did was correct, and where she was a brilliant young pioneer of art who could do no wrong, instead of a talented illustrator who like everyone needed some polish here or there.
She also delved into the world of self-righteous indignation. She began tweeting about priviledge, about queer identity, about social justice. Memorably, she flipped out over a character in Ace Attorney Five, a character named Robin Newman. Her beef with Robin Newman was that Robin Newman, a girl, cross-dressed as a guy for solely practical purposes. In Gigi’s mind, cross-dressing has to have an element of gender dysphoria, and any other portrayal of cross-dressing is cis-centric and offensive.
But all of the above is simply the background. It’s the explanation, the symptom to what Gigi Digi has become. Social Justice Warriors can be good writers, and arrogant assholes can still deliver a great product. The tweets above illustrate the real problem with Gigi. She swears up and down that her “critics” and “haters” don’t know what they’re talking about, and she rants about how much she doesn’t care, but quite clearly she DOES. The sheer volume of complaints she has towards criticism shows that it’s hitting home, it betrays her own doubts towards her work.
And that is the tragedy of all this SJW hugbox crap. It’s not that it makes people ignore criticism… it makes people read criticism, take it in, and then spit it out. Deep down Gigi knows she can improve her pacing and her writing, but her own self-righteousness and hugbox won’t let her. She’s become so arrogant that even the basic principle of self-improvement has become an insult to her.
From Gigi’s story we can see the danger of being a young artist. We are ALL seeking validation, and we ALL want to think that the stuff we make is, in the end, good. But as we hone our skills, there is a certain level of success and comfort we can fall into, and if we do, our work shall decline, probably for the worse. We needn’t be humble, but we MUST be objective.
I feel like every character in Yugioh Arc-V except Yuya is trying to be the main character! In this episode Yuzu, Yuto, Reiji, and even the LDS trio seem to be competeing for role of main character while Yuya does nothing! What the hell is going on here?