Anonymous said: How can you support neopets if it has so much problematic material? Like their continued use of the word Gypsy (which is a racial slur btw) for characters and costumes? Or the stereotype of people from island nations wearing coconut bras?
I’m not pleased with it, I’ll admit that freely. I’ve been known to spend a lot of time bitching about it privately with friends.
Some of it is older, so I tend to be a little more passive (though that doesn’t make it okay) with things like Jhuidah’s Coconut Bra. The use of ‘Gypsy’ is definitely more problematic and recent/recurring, and I’m not fond of the Royal Lutari design.
Neopets is definitely far from a perfect company, and it should absolutely be called out on problematic material. But it also has been a place where I’ve been for years, where I’ve met friends that lasted me through high school, college, grad school… I went to Disneyland a month ago with some of them.
So I guess my main thought is that the good on Neopets outweighs the problematic, though it doesn’t render the problematic moot. It’s like any form of media we engage in - there are good things and bad things and it has to fall to the individual to decide how they feel about it. I think unlike some forms of media (those run by Stephen Moffat, Ryan Murphy, Jeff Davis), Neopets under JumpStart will be more likely to at least look at complaints and criticisms. The question will be how they deal with them.