- is a pacifist
- is a pacifist who has been openly critical of the actions of both his home country and the United States during war, to the point that he famously refused to go to the US to accept his Academy Award for Spirited Away because he disapproves of the actions the United States has taken during the War on Terror
- has been loudly and openly critical of the state of Japan’s animation industry, specifically about the fetishization of young female characters and the failings of made-by-otaku-for-otaku anime
- and despite all this the Zen Pencils guy decided that Miyazaki was the perfect person for the role needed to fill for a character who would design a giant robot with a Roosevelt quote emblazoned on it for the purpose of fighting a personified avatar for media criticism
- and i think that’s kind of beautiful
Hayao Miyazaki is an odd choice for an artist who would lead a war on critics. Critics love them some Miyazaki, and some critics openly and actively campaigned to increase his exposure to Western audiences. Roger Ebert, for example, adored Miyazaki, and went out of his way to get people to see his films long before he had much of a foothold in North America. Critics are not the enemy of art.
Michael Bay would be a better choice. I don’t mean that dismissively or insultingly. There’s no better representative of the divide between audiences and critics than the work of Michael Bay. Few directors are as hated by critics, and no director (save James Cameron whenever he comes out of hibernation) is as financially successful.
And superficially, that’s not a bad thing. Beyond the surface, Michael Bay’s movies are immensely problematic; my point is there’s nothing wrong with an artist whose work is dismissed by critics and hailed by the masses.
Likewise, there is absolutely nothing wrong with critical views of art. I’d say that conversations about art are essential. And calling all negative criticism “trolling”? Well, here’s how John Legend once put it:
Every artist has to be ok with the fact that some people won’t like their work. All critics aren’t “haters”— John Legend (@johnlegend)May 22, 2012
there is no “tumblr hivemind” tumblr does not “contradict itself” nor is tumblr “welcoming and accepting” tumblr is not a single person it’s a fuckton of people with different opinions. those two contradictory text posts by sj bloggers you saw today were made by *gasp* different people! it’s revolutionary, ain’t it?