Regardless of how you feel about other people’s pets, whether they’re rats or snakes or spiders or lizards or whatever else, don’t be a dick. Do not make jokes about killing them, do not comment on how disgusting they are and do not act like the animal is a contagious disease that you need to get away from. These are our beloved pets. You wouldn’t like it if someone treated your pets like that, so please don’t do it to ours just because they’re a little bit different.
but what if i suffer from arachnophobia and start having a seizure or something because my friend has a spider? is that considered rude?
I’m getting really tired of having to say this.
This is not about people with phobias. This is about having some common human decency and not being an asshole.
This is about the fact that we cannot even upload photos of our pets to the internet without people yelling KILL IT WITH FIRE or OMG UGLY. We do not want to shove our pets in your face, we don’t give a shit if you’re afraid of our pets, you never have to come anywhere near them and we don’t want to share them with people who aren’t interested (just like you wouldn’t want to talk about your favorite show with someone you know who hates it). We just want to be able to talk about them and upload photos of them online without people being douchbags and reblogging our pics specifically to add rude or nasty comments. I want to be able to take my rats on public transport without bigots (who do NOT have a phobia) telling me my pets are disgusting and I shouldn’t waste money taking them to the vet. This is NOT ABOUT people with phobias, it’s about rude nasty people who just dislike certain types of pets or insensitive people who like to make jokes about certain types of pets. Yes, there are people who will shove pets in your face because they think it’s funny, but just like the people who don’t pick up their dog shit, they are in the minority and we don’t like them because they give the rest of us a bad name and frankly I don’t believe people with such an immature mindset even deserve to have pets.
Remember, you can have a phobia and not be an asshole about it. You can politely say “I am afraid of x pet so please don’t take it out when I come over” or “tag your photos appropriately because seeing photos of x pet upsets me”. You do not have to say “omfg get that disgusting thing away from me before I fucking step on it” or reblog it just to say “what a horrible pet, how could you even keep that in your house, I’d feed that thing to my -insert pet here-“. There’s a big difference.
Guillermo Del Toro commissioned legendary poster artist Drew Struzan to do this poster design for Pan’s Labyrinth. The movie studio ultimately refused to use the poster and opted for a more generic photoshopped design in lieu of Struzan’s hand painted work.
Struzan is well known for his iconic posters for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films.