I know it’s not usually my villainous style to assist such cheery do-gooders, but I can’t let a travesty like this stand. It’s been over six months since the episodes began to air and they’re still available literally NOWHERE.
I know you all would just love to support your pathetic heroes with viewership via official means, but since that’s not physically possible aside from the sporadic re-run, I suppose you all will have to settle for pirated copies and copious merch-buying to show that there’s support for the show. Maybe leave a message or two to that funny “HUB” channel thing you all like so much, asking them to divert some of that colorful horse money to hosting those sad Aquabats episodes on their servers or iTunes.
As much as I enjoy to see you all writhe at the absence of your beloved TV show in your lives, even I must draw a line somewhere when it comes to such cruelty.
This is not funny anymore. I.. I’m just sorry, but this is not a joke and can not be treated as one like this.
How dare you? How dare you have the hubris to say “I know better than the people who created the show. The fate of their creation lies in my hands, because my decisions are the only ones that matter”? How fucking dare you take that level of control away from the people who put their blood and sweat into entertaining you? This level of sheer audacity just blows my mind; you’ve stolen not just the content of the show, but also the creative control over its distribution and now the bats and the network can never have a full level of control over their own fucking creation. HOW DARE YOU?
I understand that it’s been six months. I understand that after our probing we know that The Hub is ultimately responsible for the lack of release (and I agree with your point that pestering The Hub on every single social network is a great way to expedite their release, as I have been doing). I understand that people can then read this as “The Bats want them released, but it’s the networks fault.” But that still does not give you the power to take over control of the show. Why you? Who the fuck came down from on high and gave you that power? I know how frustrating it is because I desperately want to rewatch the new episodes for wikia work, and I can’t. But I am literally shaking with rage that you have granted yourself this power, putting yourself on par with the people who made it.
The only way participating in this type of activity is in any way acceptable is if you delete the episodes once they are released commercially and buy them. But you and I both know that this will not happen for every single person who downloads them. You and I both know that there are people who will say “well, I have them, so I’m done. Check that off the list.” And the response to this is “well, I can’t control other people; I’m not responsible for if they delete and buy it or not.” You gave it to them! You are 100% responsible! The argument of “well, we’ll buy merch to make up for it” always circulates, but this is simply not true. Buying merch pays for the merch! It only pays for the merch - the physical item - that you then get to have in your hands. Money went into designing that t-shirt, money went into producing it. When you buy a t-shirt, you are paying them for the work that went into that shirt; you cannot cross over and say “I’ll pay for this shirt and help myself to another product for free.” That’s like going to grocery store and saying “I want the eggs for free, so if I buy eight loaves of bread, can I have the eggs free?” The show is a product. If you want the product, you need to buy it as well. That’s how you pay them for making the show. So, as long as everyone does that once they’re available, we’ll be fine. But that just won’t happen for 100% of the people who download it.
And that’s why this just isn’t funny anymore. Hiding behind the anonymity of a sinister league identity to distance yourself from the act of stealing both content and creative power is just not funny. I know you’ll look at my face and say I’m calling the kettle black, but I’m not. I am me, and people know who I am, where to find me, and what I am willing to stand up and fight for. If anyone has a problem with something I believe in deeply, they can come up to me and fight me on it. And I will buckle down and fight because if I change what I believe is worth fighting for, then I am no longer me. So, if you have two “you”s, one who loves and one who hates the bats, you need to decide which one is the real you, because this just isn’t funny anymore.