Ever have someone react to your work in a way that makes you go “Wha-wha-wha-what?!?” This happened to me a couple of days ago on a semi-public forum. I posted this image:
Just as a sanity check for me, go ahead and associate four words or phrases with this image and/or its contents. Feel free to put them in the comments if you like.
Four things the Creeper saw:
A “willing victim”
A “sacrificial altar”
An “erect phallus”
The “basque of a stereotypical slut”
His reaction to my image made me feel like part of some bizarre Rorschach test. I tried to explain to him that this is NOT my intention nor is it the simplest explanation for the image. I mentioned that I can not be responsible for the baggage he brings when viewing my work. Really, you can’t tiptoe around every type of crazy with your art or craft. The whole thing ended up spiraling into a whole new level of crazy I hadn’t expected. Oh, and you bet I have him a rash of sh1t for getting that close to calling a model I work with a slut. I don’t understand how he can look at this image and see mostly violence and hate. The whole ordeal really made me feel for women who have to deal with creepers like this on a regular basis.
While it was frustrating initially, dealing with my first hater (and a creeper/crazy one at that!) is behind me. I knew I’d find one out there sooner or later. Now I’ll be better prepared when the next one surfaces.
One of my favorite exchanges:
Creeper: I think you find that a lot of people would say that there is no such thing as a “light hearted pinup picture.”
Me: Yes and I choose not to associate with those people for ridiculously obvious reasons.