As is customary following a popular game, fan art has been coming in left and right for the papa-dating simulator, Dream Daddy. As is also customary for literally every franchise ever, the main characters have been given the genderbent treatment. Sometimes referred to as "rule 63," the DILFs of Dream Daddy have been turned into MILFs. Despite the obvious talent behind the piece, the content did not sit well with everyone.
Following its post on Twitter by the artist @ohnips, comments came in both praising and condemning the gender-swapped rendition of the daddies. The complaints were primarily addressing two issues: the body shape of Brianna (the redhead on the far right) and, most prominently, the gender of Dahlia (the vampire-looking one second from the left).
Some were upset that the female version of Brian was made to look slimmer, some even going so far as to say "flat stomached." Brian (pictured below) is by far the "heaviest" of the daddies, with a pronounced stomach. Though not obese, having more of a barrel shaped body and clear muscle definition, Brian is still the "fat one," one might say. Comparatively, Brianna is still the "fat one" of the mommies, though users were upset that too much fat from Brianna's gut was transferred to her breasts.
The primary issue was over Dahlia, who is the female version of Damien. Damien, in Dream Daddies, is a female-to-male trans-gendered character. The problem people had with the art is that Dahlia is, as they assumed, a cis-gendered female. Though there's not exactly a sign posted saying whether she's cis or trans, the artist addressed the criticisms on Twitter by saying Dahlia, like Damien, is trans, she's just male-to-female.
Unfortunately, the Internet is not known for doing its research and revels in outrage and righteous causes. Despite evidence to the contrary about Dahlia's trans-status, the artist was bombarded with hateful comments and even death threats. Though she (the artist) and her fans defended the artwork, it eventually became too much and she has opted to make her Twitter private, blocking anyone who isn't a confirmed follower from viewing her Tweets (hence why direct links can't be made available).
The LGBT community is very protective of LGBT characters, and rightfully so. LGBT representation in the media is lacking, to say the least, and too often the representation isn't even positive. Many fans also find themselves annoyed by genderbend art when it involves women. There has been a lot of female Roadhog art that is very well done, but ends up turning the boulder of a man into a twig of a woman.
Regardless, this kind of reaction to this art was unarguably extreme. Hell, any time death threats are sent, a line has been crossed. There's been no shortage of artists who have been run off of sites like Twitter, Tumblr, and DeviantArt due to how they chose to draw a character in their fan art.
The Dream Daddy Twitter account addressed the reaction the artist was getting today. They said:
We were recently informed that a fanartist has been receiving death threats and hate messages. Our team does not support this. DDADDS was built around positivity and support. Disagreements will happen, but we ask that you remain civil and constructive.
What do you think? Was the artwork in bad taste? Was the reaction in bad taste? Maybe a little bit of both? Please let us know in the comments! And remember the words of the great Abraham Lincoln.