Okay... Give us a LITTLE break here... Really. :/ - Jessie T. Wolf — LiveJournal
Okay... Give us a LITTLE break here... Really. :/|
Reputation is a fine thing, but there's also a point where you have to put up a defense against being taken advantage of, having your good graces hounded and drawn upon constantly, above and beyond good social interaction.
If you've ever worked a service job, you know how horrible the 'customer is always right' motto is. It's just false. Shoppers have grown to abuse the policy by making unreasonable demands and berating workers of an establishment, who can't reply in an excusing or defensive fashion because they're wearing a name badge. It's a liscense to be abusive in the most spineless fashion possible: the institutionalized "correctness" of the "customer". Their ability to be unreasonably picky and over the top, like a child who's mother thinks they can do no wrong. This is how the merchant communities treat shoppers today.
Porting that same philosophy into all factors of life, especially a 'fandom' life, threatens to open the same dangers. The notion that if someone seeks to acquire a product, they have free reign to be unreasonable and behave in a manner that's rudely demanding and inappropriate, because an artist or a merchant will be afraid of losing reputation.
Jessie didn't fail to deliver something she promised. She didn't rip someone off, or take money and run. She simply illustrated a frustration with completing a project, due to the commissioner sweating over niggling details no matter how many times she redoes or corrects the images.
Oh yeah. Been there, done that. I used to work in a call centre for the biggest pizza place in Ontario. I got all sorts of assholes calling in, wanting to talk to customer service and DEMAND free pizzas because "they're the customer". I had one swearing at me, and I told him I would disconnect the call if he didn't stop swearing. He replied," Who the FUCK do you think you are, talking to me like that?" *click*
I admit I wouldn't want to deal with people like that at cons, but when it gets to the point where artists treat EVERYONE they meet like crap because of the "risk" they might be a creep, then maybe it's time to get your name changed and move to another country.
I'm referring to a certain artist here, not Jessie, and probably someone you don't know.
I know, I was there, gave her a good shoulderrub to try and divert her frustrations, and at some point I got worried she'd take my testicles to a cheese grater. :D Do not underestimate the power of da wuff. :) She's cute, she's small, she'll also rip you a new orifice if you piss her off.
Oh I don't doubt it. You know the most ferocious things often come in small packages like us. :)