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Women Love Fest: Day 1

I've decided to participate in the womenlovefest, and the character I've chosen is Sakura Haruno from Naruto. Otherwise known as Failkura, Sakra, Sackra, Suckura, the Pink Banshee, the Pink Roach, the Pink Bitch, Sakura Whoruno, and other delightful names.

First off, here's an AMV I made a while back. The song is I Don't Believe In You by Melys, and the AMV focuses specifically on the Rescue Gaara arc, since that was when Sakura was at her best.


Why did I pick Sakura? Because she is probably the most hated character in Western Naruto fandom, and unlike Sasuke 'Marmite' Uchiha, doesn't have a big enough fanbase to counter all the bashing. Look for art of her on Deviantart and it's more than likely you'll find anti-Sakura art.

Granted, I didn't like her that much at first, and she does do some incredibly stupid things, but the amount of hate she gets is ridiculous, and sometimes downright creepy. There's fanart of her being raped and tortured and killed and humiliated and turned horribly OOC, be it into a screaming, violent banshee who hates Naruto and/or Hinata and goes out of her way to hurt them, or a mindless fangirl who only thinks about boys and nothing else. Ino, Naruto and Hinata are turned into her enemies, when none of them hate her in canon. Every little thing she does is commented on and whined about. Even if she appears in one panel, there will be a bash thread in the Narutoforums Telegrams. And of course, her fans get attacked too, because if we like such a horrible character, there's clearly something wrong with us. Never mind that genuinely evil characters, such as Orochimaru and every single member of Akatsuki, have their own fandoms.

And not only does she get bashed for things she does, she gets bashed for things she doesn't do. She's not a Mary Sue (how can she have a million flaws AND be a Sue? Make up your minds, people). She's not a threat to your Akatsuki or Gaara pairings. She doesn't hate Naruto. She didn't hug Naruto or confess her love to him as a way of getting at Hinata, and if you seriously believe that, you need to 1) take the pairing goggles off and 2) actually read the fucking manga. And oh, how I laughed when people who were calling her evil for killing a comrade had to eat their words when said comrade turned out to be a Zetsu clone.

She is not a complete monster or a raging bitch; however, nor is she a saint. She's a very human and (most of the time) relatable character, and that's why I find her easier to empathise with. She isn't all bad, and does have some likeable traits. I wish fandom would give her a break.

So yeah. Hopefully I'll keep this up all week.

Please note: any bashing comments will be deleted.



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Sep. 9th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
Fucking finally. That's all that needs to be said.

(I'm not much of a Sakura fan myself but yeah. People need to realize that they are fighting over fictional characters.)
Sep. 9th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
You make a lot of well-informed, and very true points :) It's a shame that people bash and hate on characters that are actually human.
Sep. 9th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
I like this post a lot. \o/
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