Last week I reblogged that “I’m not recast friendly” banner. I didn’t agree with everything the OP had to say, but the hard-line of it all expressed by the graphic I did agree with. I’m not recast friendly. Someone reblogged it from me with a rude comment. I guess they’re a follower? Whether or not it was directed at me or the OP doesn’t really matter. Really though, is anybody surprised that I’m pro-artist? Seriously? I guess I don’t stick my neck out there enough. Let me clear that up for you right now.
I’m 100% pro-artist.
All right. I’m sticking my neck out there, but I’m not going to allow myself hung for it. I’ve actually been hit by a car, and I’ve actually been bullied by people on the internet for far less. Anything so called “recast friendlies” want to throw at me is just gonna roll right off. (This isn’t a fucking challenge.)
I have been a broke ass college student, with chronic health problems, and I still made this hobby work. I worked my ass off to buy dolls and put myself through school. I was taking care of my brother, helping my fiance while we worked our way through college, and taking care of two cats. I even had a brief period where I was homeless. None of that matters, this isn’t the fucking poor olympics. Yet, all the while I had grail dolls, I still have grail dolls. I didn’t cop-out and buy recasts out of desperation when I felt like I’d never get the dolls I wanted. It was never an option. Never a thought that even crossed my mind. Just because a doll was sold out, limited, expensive, the wrong color, or hard to get wasn’t an excuse. I worked hard to find the dolls I wanted in my price range legitimately. When they weren’t the color I wanted, I fucking dyed and painted them. The dolls gave me hope. Something to look forward too. They’ve been the vehicle that has helped me make some of the best and most lasting friendships I’ll ever have.
You know what else I fucking did? I figured out what I could contribute to the hobby. I’ve cultivated great relationships with people. I’ve collaborated with amazing artists. And I’ve won awards recognizing my hard work. And I saved money. It took me FOUR years to find a Bermann in my price range. He was totally worth the wait. He’s not even my most expensive doll. I would have hated myself forever if I hadn’t waited. Anything can happen to people who have enough patience and work hard. I’ve seen so many people join the hobby and work their way up from the bottom with very little money. This is a luxury hobby, but it is also something that can be done on shoestring budget if people really work hard on it and want to make it work.
Recasting is wrong. Really fucking wrong. I can’t properly articulate my feelings on the subject because it really pisses me off that people would feel so entitled to steal from artists while some asshole profits off of other’s hard work. It enrages me. I don’t have time for that much anger in my life. I don’t want to have anything to do with people that think that recasting is okay. The arguments for it that I have seen are laughable, selfish, scary, and sad. There is so much misinformation spread to make people think that it is okay. I have literally face-palmed. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I’m not going to argue with people who just aren’t going to get it. I’d rather surround myself with people who’s judgement I trust. If someone is going to buy recast, how I can I trust them not to steal from anybody else? Where has the respect for artists, for dolls, for the art of it gone?
Last week I was amazed at how many hobbyists banded together to help take down a photo thief. I remember how something similar happened years ago when dolls were first recast. Where is everybody now? It seems like people are too worried about stepping on one another’s toes and hurting feelings than actually standing up for what is right. How do you think those artists who spend months sculpting our dolls feel when the dolls are recast? Instead we have confession blogs full of venom and hate. People are spewing on others in left and right under the guise of anon. Claiming that anybody that speaks up against recasting is either “witch hunting” or “bullying” and twisting language far away from reality to further their own illegitimate campaign, slandering people who are justifiably angry in the process.
Maybe someday companies and artists will offer some kind of piracy amnesty, where recast owners can pay retribution to the artists for the work they have stolen. Or maybe the FBI really will come after those who have been caught buying and selling in illegal goods. I’ll certainly donate to any legal fundraisers for the artists that wish to press charges against those that buy and promote recasts.
That said, I’m not going to send hate mail. I’m not going to be confrontational to a recast owner at a meetup. I also won’t go to another meetup with people who bring recasts once I find out. One chance, then I’m done. I won’t threaten bodily harm, nor dolly harm. I also won’t follow someone if I know they’re okay with recasts on Tumblr. I’m not the police.
I figure anybody who buys recasts or is recast friendly can enjoy their self inflicted ostracization on their own. There is painful irony when I see confessions about people who have a hard time finding friends in the hobby and yet have recasts. There are consequences to the choices anybody makes, and that’s one thing I can do to make my point. If that makes me an elitist bitch, I guess that’s that. At least I’m not stealing from anybody or spreading mistrust and in this hobby like recast owners are. You like recasts, goodbye. Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out of my life.