There was a group of people who were into this Thing. This Thing was regarded as pretty freakin’ weird by almost everyone. The group of people who were into the Thing were designated as the Internet’s punching bag and they were banned from forums and the ‘chans ran red with their blood.
Only the Thing they were into wasn’t well-defined and had many facets. This wasn’t readily apparent to an outsider: the most visible parts of the group of people into this Thing were the people who were weird, upfront, vocal, and widely regarded as creepy. My opinion of the Thing was quite squicky. And I regarded its participants with ambivalence and took little note of their activities and interests as this is the Internet afterall.
Then one day someone stumbled something at me. I liked the thing that was stumbled at me. So I looked into its backstory. Most of the other people who liked the thing that was stumbled at me were in the group that’s into the Thing. I was immediately fearful. I certainly wasn’t into the Thing. So I consulted my good friend TVTropes about the matter since it seems to accurately reflect the tone of the Internet on important matters. And I was shocked.
TVTropes told me that I was part of the group that likes the Thing. So I went to the wiki community for the Thing. And it gave me hope: There’s a word for people who like a few aspects of the Thing from an artistic standpoint but not actually participating in the Thing or being part of the community of people who are into the Thing: Thing-admirers.
But then I read elsewhere that the term “Thing-admirer” is just used as a copout for people who don’t want to admit that they’re into the Thing to other people for fear of embarassment. I also read something very disturbing: anywhere from 40-90% of people who are into the Thing are homosexual. I’m quite sure I’m not gay. Moreover, all of the aspects of this Thing that I like are things that I don’t thing homosexual guys are into. Maybe homosexual ladies. But I don’t know.
Right now I’m very confused: I like some artistic aspects of this Thing but I can’t stand the community built around it and I am squicked out by the participatory aspects of it. In short, I want nothing to do with it. But for some reason I still like it. Who can be helping me?
OH! Good news: I read that almost all geeks and some normal people have appreciation for the artistic aspects of this Thing without actually being part of it. So I may be okay afterall. If you haven’t guessed what the Thing is by now, ask me in person. An it’s not gay porn (or porn of any kind really). It is art though.