Please be nice.
So, apparently there’s a shit storm brewing and it’s a little worrying.
We are already being asked questions and have to manage that (it must be really awful for those of you that have a large following).
Can we have an open an honest non-political discussion about this and how to deal with it?
Let me open with the conversation as it started on our Patreon Discord channel - I’d like to get your feedback and your take on things as well:
A asked: “Sooo how 'bout this Patreon controversy huh?”
B: "Do tell more "
A: “Nah, don’t wanna banned for posting political shit lol. You can look it up yourselves”
This tells me people are afraid. It’s heartbreaking (even if the perceived threat or the fear is real or where it comes from, it’s heartbreaking).
Me: “You won’t be banned as long as you stick to the rules. It’s real simple, we don’t want politics here. Obviously, doing something related to the Cold War lends itself inherently to political debate. We don’t want political debate outside of pancakes vs waffles (which is the only really meaningful debate anyone should have) - we want to make a video game.”
“Well, I need to expand on it. It’s not without politics. What happened was - and let me say this clearly: I think Patreon made a mistake here and they should reverse it - that Patreon banned a political Youtuber for using racist language, which is fine taken out of context. In context, it was probably not fine since the intention in context was to take a poke at racists. However, some folks are using this ban playing the victim card and it looks like they are brewing a shit storm for their own economic and political gains. From my perspective it’s very much a manufactured controversy. It should be a case of the youtuber and Patreon sorting it out and not a victim-based bandwagon for people to jump on, a storm in a glass of water. However, I do understand that people are being asked to boycott Patreon (we are not seeing a decrease in Patreonage, on the contrary) and if you wish to do so, go ahead but note that Patreon only takes a tiny cut and you are hurting us infinitely more than you are hurting Patreon and not really helping whatever political cause you subscribe to. Patreon has been nothing but awesome towards us and we are sticking with them until they cease to be so.”
What is going on in your communities?
Edit: After looking more into who was banned and the (way too late) explanations and information about the process, I’m all behind the ban. Wholly convinced that Patreon has my and my fellow creators’ interests at heart.