Is Tumblr Problematic?

Is Tumblr Problematic?

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As a self-proclaimed dork, it was only a matter of time before I made a Tumblr. Many of my artsy and dorky friends had them as well and I saw a lot of cool content on the site. I've had my blog for about 8 months now and have JUST NOW gotten used to Tumblr's... unique way of thinking. Let me explain...

The majority of people on Tumblr have a very specific outlook on the world. They tend to find many things "problematic", and sometimes, I think they're right. I've found out about a lot of important issues through Tumblr. But I've also noticed a theme of overreacting to things that aren't necessarily "problematic". For example, many Tumblr users found issue with some people cosplaying Rose Quartz, a character from Steven Universe, if they aren't plus size. They refer to this as being "fatphobic" since the character is much larger in the show.


Personally, I think anyone should be able to cosplay as anyone they want to, but I can at least see where people are coming from when they find issue with this.

However, there are other times where certain users go too far. Take this weird controversy within the Gravity Falls fandom for example; some people ship (meaning they would like two characters to be involved romantically) Dipper and Mabel Pines, the twin protagonists of the show. In my personal opinion, EW. But, people can do what they want, as long as it isn't hurting anyone. While some of the Gravity Falls fandom agreed with me, many of them criticized the users who shipped "Pinecest" and some users downright bullied them for it. When asked how he felt about some of the stranger ships from the show, the creator, Alex Hirsch, tweeted the following:

"people can do what they want. I don't care! It's the Internet. Free expression man"

Some users took this as Hirsch condoning Pinecest and turned against him, claiming he was tarnishing and perverting HIS OWN CREATION.

Its not just with cartoons, and I'm not the only one who's noticed this trend. So did these Tumblr users:

I hate the idea Tumblr has that it’s cool to hate things. Shut up and let people enjoy stuff.

-thefaultinourstarscream

Has anyone else noticed how toxic Tumblr is becoming? If you’re white, if you’re straight, if youre cisgendered, if you’re a guy, you’re targeted. It’s become a place where you can be sh!t on for things you can’t control. Do two wrongs make a right? I personally don’t think so. Tumblr has become a place where online bullying can live and grow and it is not okay under any circumstance. ... I’m not saying everyone on here is a b!tch but I see a lot of negativity and it sucks that people think it’s okay.

-keybladewielder1997

That second quote about sums it up. Tumblr is a great place to discover art, stories, and lots of cool and funny content, but it defiitely has a dark side that it'd be smart to be aware of.

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1. What inspiration did you pull from to write "The One"?

"The One" was inspired by a relationship I was in. It was young love, not the healthiest relationship, and was dragged on for way longer than it should've been. I'd pretty much worked through all the heartbreak by the time it was fully over, and this song felt like the final piece to the puzzle. To acknowledge that some good came from the whole experience, and that lessons were learned. It just kind of poured out of me. It was exactly what I needed at the time. I wrote it and instantly felt peace. Like I could finally let it all go. It's a different kind of breakup anthem, and I hope that people can connect to it in the same way I did.

2. Do you tend to pull from personal experience to write or do you write using a third person perspective?

I definitely prefer to write from personal experience. I've written from a third person perspective, but it always feels more genuine for me to write about things I've been through first hand. It's just easier! It flows better, and feels more honest. Especially if I'm planning on using the song for myself. As an artist, I always want the truths I'm speaking to be genuine. I feel like people connect better that way. If I can't fully connect to the stuff I'm singing, how can I expect the listeners to? Personally, as an artist, the stories behind my songs are just as important to me as the song itself. That being said, if I can connect to someone else's experience deeply, writing third person can be just as fun!

3. What has your experience been like being a woman in the music industry?

You know, I don't have anything negative to say about my experience so far. I've felt respected as an artist from almost everyone I've personally come across in the industry. This being said, I'm very aware of the challenges females tend to face on a larger scale, especially in country. But I try to not let it phase me. In my mind, I'm just an artist…not a "female artist".

4. Growing up in Oregon, what/who inspired you to move to Nashville and write country music?

My earliest inspiration was definitely my aunt. She was singing country music professionally when I was super young, so I grew up seeing that and my family was super good about surrounding me with all sorts of music. My dad had this thing where he would always tell me to "listen to the words" and then at the end of the song I'd have to tell him what I thought it was about. It made me realize at a young age that music isn't just sound, it's stories. I fell in love with country music and its stories. Then came along these powerhouse female singer/songwriters…like Taylor Swift, and that was it. I knew it was something I wanted to do, and I knew Nashville was the place to do it. So, I learned the guitar, taught myself how to write, and made the move as soon as I possibly could! It's pretty much a 19 year old dream in the making at this point.

5. How has Nashville shaped your artistry and/or songwriting since moving there?

Nashville has already shaped my artistry and songwriting immensely. I think the biggest thing is being around so many talented artists and writers. It's super inspiring! Every time I go to a show or writer's round in town, I go home wanting to work even harder. That's the magic about Nashville. In a place where the industry could feel very competitive, the community is so amazing that instead of feeling intimidated, I feel inspired. I think that's so cool. Being able to learn your craft in an environment like that, where everybody is willing to collaborate and learn from each other. There's no room to sit still and not work hard. I think that alone has made me a better artist and writer. I've discovered my own unique writing style and sound, and can't wait to develop it even more.

6. What has your experience been like releasing your first single independently?

It's been amazing! I've had the best time with it. The process was so fun, and such a learning experience. Since it was my first release, I tried to go into it with little to no expectations and I've been blown away! The support I've received is beyond what I ever expected, and people are listening!! That's all I could've ever asked for. I think putting out music for any artist, independent or not, is always a little scary because there's this fear that people won't connect to such a personal part of you. There's so much work behind the scenes that goes into it. But it is so rewarding to read people's messages about how they connect or relate to the song. It's the best feeling in the world!

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I ultimately just want to keep writing and putting out music that I love, and that other people love. Whether that's on a small scale level, or a larger scale. As long as I'm continuing to make music, I'm happy! That being said, I'd love to do some touring soon, and work towards my first EP/full length album.

8. Do you have plans to release new music soon?

Plans are in the works. I don't have a definitive date for you guys quite yet, but new music is on its way! I've been writing tons and I have some stuff that I'm dying to get out. I'd keep an eye out in the upcoming months for sure.

Listen to "The One" across all streaming platforms now and keep an eye out for future music from Hailey!


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