For those of you who aren’t following me on FB, I’ve been getting some hate recently for daring to have opinions and feelings but hey! What else is new? I shared this on Twitter and FB and decided to post it here as well. Enjoy your reading! Love you guys!
I went to read the comments on that FB post with my video and there’s so much hate it’s sad. It’s obvious that people who’re criticizing me didn’t bother to actually watch my video and listen to my arguments.
And one of the comments literally said that I have the freedom to not talk about it. Just listen to this! Not freedom of speech. Freedom of silence. That’s truly heartbreaking.
And me having opinions on language as “not a linguist” was compared to someone’s opinions on medicine as “not a doctor”. These aren’t comparable things. I still stay firm on my beliefs that language is for communication first. Not for grammar rules.
Do you see why I don’t want to write fiction or anything for that matter in my own native language? I’m not allowed to. I’m shunned and hated for it. For having opinions that aren’t mainstream.
Just because I didn’t major in languages apparently I’m not allowed to use them to express my opinions on anything. That’s a really twisted mindset. Those are the Ukrainian language purists and Grammar Nazis. And sadly there’re too many of them persecuting others online.
Freedom of speech in Ukraine is a joke.
The hate I am regularly getting on my Youtube videos is not constructive criticism. It’s rude and more often than not wrong. Once I got a comment (rude one of course) that caught an actual mistake. I thanked the commentator for correcting me but explained on her other comment why she was wrong. The girl went nuts because I wouldn’t bow down to her and just shut up.
I will not take all of this hate and just swallow it. I’m allowed to defend myself if I’m being attacked for no reason whatsoever.
And on that FB post in the language learning group, NOT A SINGLE INDIVIDUAL addressed my arguments and disputed them. No. It was all 100% ad hominem attacks. And I was expected to listen because I’m not a linguist and therefore am not allowed to have an opinion on language use.
But I will not take it. They cannot silence me. I will protect my freedom of speech. And I will continue writing fiction and blogs, making videos and sharing my opinions with the world.
I’m just a little sad that I’m getting all this hate for nothing. BUT I get just as much support and for that, I couldn’t be more grateful! Thank you!