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Please, people. How is this so hard to understand?
Don't call France, or any person who cosplays him, a rapist, because it is really offensive.
I mean, really goddamn rude and respectless. Both towards the character, the cosplayer, and towards any person who actually has been raped. It is not something fun, it is not a joke.
I have been through this so many times now, with people joking about France being a rapist, and it's so tiring.
First of all, this character represents a nation. A country where people live and it's not fun hearing such things about your country. I am not french but I still find this so offensive. Have some respect. (The same goes for any character in Hetalia who is being put in a bad light, such as being called a pedophile, a nazi or be represented as the maffia. Think about what you are doing.) Sure, it is all a joke and only for fun, you mean nothing serious with it, but people might just take it seriously and offensive. We're talking about peoples' homes, where they live their life, where they go to school and work and have their families and friends. To have your nation being represented as the worst kind of all people, is not something I could imagine anyone would enjoy.
Secondly, being called a rapist is probably the worst insult one can get. I mean, people, think about it, think about what rape actually means. It is not a joking matter, and it is certainly not something you go around and call people. It is repulsive.
I knew a person who had been raped when she was younger, and it still haunts her every day. The rapist never got accused for it and is still out there, walking freely as any other man while she has to live with this disgust and shame every single day for the rest of her life.
I honestly do not understand how anyone can joke about rape. I feel sick when I read comments/signs such as "France raped England", "haha, france has such a rapeface", "free hugs, free rape" and similar things.
Having a girlfriend who cosplays France, this is something we get to see often, and it slowly breaks one down. To have to see this everywhere is so tiring. It is disgusting, how easily people throw around words like that.

This isn't only about Hetalia. This is for any fandom or any situation where people use the word 'rape' too freely, using it as a joke.

Joke about it with your friends, with those you know will not be offended, but don't go and call people it in public or on the net, because you never know what the person has been through.

So I am asking every one of you, please don't call France or anyone else a rapist. Have some respect.
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BeautifulDesertFoxgl Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
People still do this? Really? It's so rude! France is a really cool character. 
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Janellexox Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Agreed! I love him so much! 
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FluttershyTheShyPony Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Photographer
Fluttershy*whispers* that's so....mean i wish that people would not say things like that they don't know what people had been threw they should respect what they say it might hurt the people around them i have friends that things like that happened and i care for them dearly but i wish people would not say things like that i love France and they should really respect the Fandom and The Country ~Thank You So Much 
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xXDoctorMythXx Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Artist
never called him so, i just called him pervert :3
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PinkieTheAnimePerson Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Awww! Who said that France was a rapist!? Or any France cosplayer!?  I wanna murder them..............and I sorta know the feeling (almost sorta kinda)
Everytime I walk on the bus, my neighbors (they're sorta guyfriends ish?) call me a nazi.  I know they don't mean it, but I still find it offensive and I cuss them out once I get off the bus.  (But not in German)  I'm German, I take German, and I listen to German music. *shrugs*  They're arschgeigen a lot
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MaikoYakuta Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student General Artist
i just love this post , because i LOVE France and everytime people say that it pisses me off. As i am a France cosplayer , I agree with you Fully though i have seen so many other disrespecting not only the character itself but also insulted /offened the country as well without knowing . So i just LOVE you for posting this just Yes and thank you , thank you so much 
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Godly-Mischief Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I agree completely. How can anyone even joke about that?! I don't personally know any victims of rape and I hope that none of my friends ever have to go through it, but I still take extreme offense to those stupid jokes. I've been France before, as a Hetalia cosplayer, and hearing my Hetalian family call me that... it was just painful.

I pledge all my support to you and your friend, and I hope that one day she will recover from this and that the person responsible for it is put behind bars. He is not a man, he is a monster.
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demonandangelend Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I agree I hate it when people say it. sometimes its terrible!
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saramichaelis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
-sigh in agreements- i've been raped and molested, so i know how people feel about this. people around me throw the word around like it's the word love. i say "do you actually know about it?? can you actually say you know what it feels like?? i can and it's not fun at all." all they do is look at me as if i spoke a different language or something. i turn on my heel and leave them. i've said to a lot of people. it's not fun at all; in all reality it's scary and horrible. i don't just have scars down there, but also on my back. i hate to see and hear people throw around the word like it's nothing. it really sucks, and i hate those people. i don't think France is a rapist. all in all France doesn't like love forced onto others, and i feel the same way. In one episode he did try to force England to marry him, but I think they were just trying to protray his love for England.
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DrawTheRainbow79 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Amen to that! I as well can't stand it when people joke about with such a serious and sad issue, it makes me so frustrated and mad (and so tiresome)! Thank you for this post. :)
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xMiss-Quackery-Duckx Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree. In fact, the character France actually hates love being forced upon others.
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HE-telle-IA Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I could only agree. Well said. May you enlighten more people ^J^
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TomatoBoxFairyFeli Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree on this subject. france in my mind he's funny in a perverted sense but not a rapist. rape isn't funny. i'll spread the word in my group!!
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Reesesforce Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Thank you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.



Seriously, it makes me extremely upset that fans say stuff like this. I don't think they fully understand that they're saying stuff like this about COUNTRIES which, like you said, are the homes of many people. In real life. Furthermore, from a fandom standpoint, I really do not believe any of the Hetalia guys would have thoughts of such horrible actions cross their minds. Ever. They're countries; they're wise, and they have and have experienced more life than we normal folks can begin to imagine.

DegiantArt needs to have more than one fave button. I'm so glad you made a journal about this.
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tomomi-mizuna-tio Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Preach it. Thank you for this.
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yiangillium Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
:heart:
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FluttershyTheShyPony Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Photographer
Fluttershy*shyly Whispers*that's so....mean i wish that people would not say things like that they don't know what people had been threw they should respect what they say it might hurt the people around them i have friends that things like that happened and i care for them dearly but i wish people would not say things like that i love France and they should really respect the Fandom and The Country ~Thank You So Much THANK you so so Much for saying this i hope people will understand that they should not say things that people should respect the people around them and not say things they might take percnal and I LOVE your Beautiful Cosplays :3 :3
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Ask--Guernsey Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
((Omg if I could fave this journal more than once I would. It's disgusting how people throw that word around like it's nothing. So many times I have thought about cosplaying France and my friend laughs at me for that reason, so now I often get put off of it.))
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animefan046 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Thanks so much for writing this! I agree with everything you've written here. I get so pissed off when I see comments saying how bad they feel for England getting raped by France and how they make him the bad guy in fanfics. Sure he may be a bit of a flirt and can invade personal space at times but he means well. He himself said that "love shouldn't be forced on others" and I think that's what so many fans dismiss and use his persona as an excuse to call him things that he isn't. This pic here may explain things better than I can: [link]
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SomeoneCoolerThanYou Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMG, this deserves a favourite.

I spend a lot of time on YT watching APH and HALF OF THE COMMENTS I SEE ARE RELATED TO FRANCE AND RAPE. AND I'M SITTING THERE LIKE :iconareyoukiddingmeplz:
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AshFlames Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Writer
THANK YOU! I'm really getting sick of the whole, 'look out France is a rapist' deal.
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yiangillium Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
So am I, dear, so am I. It's tiresome that some people just don't learn.
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EviL-Ju-ju Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I agree, France isnt a rapist, he isnt a monster like that, he's just loose. If anything, he representts love. Although he did have an odd dream with China in it...
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yiangillium Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
France is the country of love, and he wouldn't force love upon anyone. He even says that in the anime, so I don't get why people think he's a rapist.
Well, don't we all have odd dreams? That doesn't make one a rapist, because we can't control what we dream.
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EviL-Ju-ju Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
I never said he was a rapist, i just was trying to say he was dirty minded!!!
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yiangillium Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
I never said that you did. But yes, he is dirty minded~
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Bambiiie Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with everything said here! It is HIGHLY offensive to use the word rape lightly; this goes for any circumstances, in jokes, referring to maybe a face that France (the character) made, or as an insult to a cosplayer, person in general, the country, or the character.
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yiangillium Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Exactly. I'm glad more people are aware of this.
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Bambiiie Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me to. Hopefully people and cosplayers won't use the word so jokingly anymore.
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yiangillium Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Yeah, hopefully.
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Bambiiie Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup.
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brightflower124 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I Agree With Everything Here! France Is Not A Rapist. Germany Is No Longer A Nazi! People Need To Stop This!!
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yiangillium Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Good! Please help us spread this, so people who uses words like those can learn that it't wrong.
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brightflower124 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I Will Spread It Around My Group!!
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yiangillium Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Good!
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Nunafish Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree 100%. I hate the whole France rapist thing. And the whole OMG look at Russia's rape face thing.
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yiangillium Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I'm glad that you agree. Going around calling people and characters rapists or similar offending things is just plain stupid and thoughtless.
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DeathMeadow Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Personally I think France as a character would be deeply offended and hurt being called that. For me France holds love, of all kinds, very high and very near and dear to him. And rape would no doubt be like tainting something he holds so close to him and I think he'd probably hate it a lot. It might be like a slap in the face. Yes France is a bit more friendly and personal space invading-y sometimes, but it's all in good fun. And I know he would never take things to far. I love historical Hetalia and the things the fandom do with it are amazing. Negative parts of history, though were very traumatizing, can still be moving. Countries make mistakes, they're made up of people and people make mistake. Rape is a horrible thing and happens in all countries. Sometimes people don't understand that using that word and others might be offensive, and it's okay. People make mistakes, but apologize. Then just refrain from using it next time is all. This goes for all negative things in any fandom.

And I'm really sorry to ReconditeVillain that you receive so much controversy for cosplaying France who you do a wonderful job at. As well as your cosplaying Yiangillium. You all do a wonderful job and are very inspirational standing for things you don't agree on, but not being like 'I am right and you are wrong the end'. I admire all of you lovely people in Crimson Hour and I do hope things get better/easier.
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yiangillium Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Yes, exactly. France has even said in the anime that "Love is not supposed to be forced upon people", so people who say it's canon with France being a rapist (yes, there are people who say that), they should get their facts straight.

And thank you :heart: It makes me so glad to hear that you think so.
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Rinzlerkitty94 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I am feeling very attacked right now! Stop the freaking trolling already! I would never say that all French people are rapists! I don't even write France that way! But honestly, the facts from the anime are this; France creeped on chibiRomano, which is kinda pedoish, Germany fought with the Nazis, and Romano is often connected to the Mafia because he's Italian. Most of it happened in the anime, and therefore, we are free to write the characters like that! And really? I am a France cosplayer, I know the character. I just want people to stop hating on me, alright?! Can you do that for me?! Please!
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ReconditeVillain Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? You think you're the one she's writing about? How self-centered can a person possibly become? She had never even looked at your page before she saw your comment, and you're really that egocentric that you think she'd write this rant about you?
No, she is my girlfriend and this rant was because I texted her, crying, after being called a rapist one time too much. Not France, but me, because I cosplay him. By someone who thought it was completely okay to call a person you don't know a rapist.
I don't give a fuck about you or what you think, but you don't argue that it's wrong to spread awareness about the fact that this is a serious matter and it destroys lives.
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yiangillium Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Trolling? Oh no, my dear, I assure you that this is no trolling. This is a very serious matter.
I have never accused you of saying that all French people are rapists, but calling France a rapist is practically saying that.
Now, let's get this straight here. France creeped on chibi!Romano, that much we know. How would that make him a pedo or a rapist? Creeping on someone does not mean that you want anything sexual with them and come on, France in the country of love, he wouldn't force his love upon anyone without their consent.
And for Germany fighting with the nazis, well, yes. Germany was a nazi country so of course the character would have fought alongside the nazis, but note this; W A S. Germany isn't nazi and it is very offending to call him one. Millions of people died because of nazism and I don't find that very amusing to joke about. I doubt anyone in Germany would want to hear people joke about it. People take offense. I know that I do, when people joke about nazis, because for me, that is one of the most horrible things in history.
Now to the matter of calling Romano Mafia. Listen here, dear, the Mafia K I L L S people, they ruin families and lives of thousands. The kidnap people, the torture them. Tell me how that is in any way, fun.
Yes, the Mafia is in south Italy, but how on earth would that make the character Romano a part of the Mafia? There are people out there, living breathing people who have had their families torn apart by the Mafia, who lives in constant fear. Making the character that represents their nation as the thing that tears it apart is offensive and hurtful.

You say you know the character. Let me just ask you then, why are you feeling attacked by this? I am trying to make people stop calling France a rapist because it hurts to hear that. It hurts that people use a word like that as a joke. I am trying to protect the characters and those who love them and cosplay them. My girlfriend cosplays France as well, and believe me, both she and I knows the character very well.
I've never hated on you. If you feel that way, then I apologize, but the only reason I could see as to why you feel hated on, would be because I don't view the characters as you do and because I say it's not alright to use words like pedo, rapist, nazi and mafia as jokes. It is wrong and it is offensive, so if you do, I would ask you to be so kind and have respect for those people who are affected by those things, and don't joke about it.
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Rinzlerkitty94 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Alright I'm sorry. That was a very difficult day, and I've been dealing with a person that has constantly been giving me trouble. I was more angry at that person, and just not thinking clearly.
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yiangillium Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
It's alright, as long as you don't make the same mistake again. Think about what you say to people, before you say it.
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Rinzlerkitty94 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I will.
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AskMonsieurBonnefoy Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
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yiangillium Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
:heart:
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WinterTimeKisses Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I whoeheartedly agree with you. It's absolutely awful. While I've never called someone something like that I have done the injustice of laughing at it it was just some stupid comment. I felt awful after I realized what I had done.
It's awfuland I always try to remind people now that it's not funny and that it hurts. I'm glad you addressed it
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yiangillium Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I did joke about it sometimes when I was younger, but that was before I realised it's so not okay. Now, I would never ever make such joke, and I'm trying to make everybody realise that it's not something to joke about.
It's good that you tell people about it, because those who think it's funny need to get told that it isn't fun anywhere.
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Scotland-TARDIS Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No joke, just because a character is a little more 'adventurous', shall I say, when it comes to what they speak about doesn't make them anything like that.
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