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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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MaikoYakuta 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 
Godly-Mischief 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.
demonandangelend Dec 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I agree I hate it when people say it. sometimes its terrible!
saramichaelis 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.
DrawTheRainbow79 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. :)
xMiss-Quackery-Duckx May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree. In fact, the character France actually hates love being forced upon others.
HE-telle-IA Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I could only agree. Well said. May you enlighten more people ^J^
TomatoBoxFairyFeli 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!!
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.
tomomi-mizuna-tio Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Preach it. Thank you for this.
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