If you’re reading this and wondering what the hell went on with the Aeclectic Tarot crowd, you’ve come to the right place. Not only was i banned from their site without a specific reason given to me personally, as you can see in the image, i was also banned, i imagine, indefinitely. I think that’s what N/A means. ( my writing continues on after the screen capture)
Not the most open-minded of forums, some of the Aeclectic crowd, unbeknown to me, turned against our Cultural Revolution Tarot, a week before i even made a single comment, claiming it was vulgar, morally repulsive and so on . Jillkite decided to go on what looked like a personal quest to try to ban our Tarot from potentially being included on the Aeclectic Tarot’s forum website. Yes, you heard that right….ban it! If you’ve seen the video i created featuring a few of their comments on our tarot, i like to think that like us, you will see how rediculous it all became.
I actually asked Jillkite, who allegedly was hanging out in India and who had the Dalai Lama as a neighbour, to enlighten me on the plight of the Tibetan people under the Cultural Revolution because apparently i was too insensitive about what happened to them during that period in time. My questions were genuine. Unfortunately i was banned without any reason given and as you can see by the screen capture the ban seems to be indefinite. Looking down the list though it doesn’t look like it’s too difficult to get banned, so it seems a bit narrow-minded honestly.
Jillkite was also quick to point out that we should be giving some our profits to charity to help the poor Tibetan people in India. Somehow i doubt very much that the Dalai Lama needs any more money considering he is hollywood’s darling and George Soros, worth over 24 billion dollars reportedly funds him . In the past the CIA also greased his palms. Yet i’m supposed to not earn a penny from over a year and a half’s work? Interesting. Geez I dunno, it seems Jillkite and the rest of Aeclectic have been taking notes from the Dalai Lama when it comes to ostracising their fellow tarotists. You approve of this Jillkite?
Now, don’t get me wrong, i have nothing against the Dalai Lama personally, but you, Jillkite had to
jump up on your rightous high horse and claim that i do not care about Tibet. I think the question is, do you? When i started to research and learn (you know, because i am so insensitive) about the Dalai Lama, i seem to have pulled up a lot more than i wanted with the flower…i pulled it up, roots, dirt and all. Maybe you could do something ACTUALLY worthwhile while you’re out in India, Jillkite, and investigate these horrible crimes against these young children at the hands of Tibetan monks instead of making it your mission to ban a Tarot deck?
Because Aeclectic people like to remain anonymous on the internet, it is virtually impossible to know who they are. (another reason i doubt jillkite’s alleged story of the Dalai Lama being a neighbour). No photo, no personality, just a username. So it’s virtually impossible to get an answer from any of these cretins. You don’t have to be a member to view some of their pages, so i was able to see the following….here is the “real reason” i was banned, not that i was told this personally…
Here’s a list of “ACCEPTABLE” comments…
Closrapexa – This is just offensive
Jillkite:- I wonder if the powers that be at Aeclectic would consider veto-ing this deck??? Or are there no boundaries??
FLizarraga morally repulsive (are you implying we are morally repulsive?)
LinFang – It’s a sick and horrible deck
VioletEye – leaves a sour taste in my mouth.
MoonGypsy – speechless…utterly…sad…sickened..
Annabelle – I utterly loathe it
Debra I don’t see any reason to respect them. (gee thanks Debra…Rwcarter, are you sleeping on the job. Isn’t this considered “disrespectful?”
mydearruby – the idea of this deck is vulgar:
closrapexa – It is offensive in my eyes
The truth of the matter is that for over a full week, unbeknown to me, these narrow-minded Aeclectic idiots were bashing our deck, picking apart MY character, my beliefs, my words on this very blog and pretty much implying that we are ok with nazism and trying to imply we have some sick twisted view of The Cultural Revolution, foolishly unaware (through their own fault) that we based our on tarot on Propaganda (which all but the dumbest of people know that Propaganda is not tied into absolute truth but more idealism) In my personal opinion these narrow-minded idiots tried to cause grave defamation of character to my partner and myself without knowing either one of us.
But this has not been the first time, which makes me think that these Aeclectic people are closed off from reality and foster a judgemental negative hatred that isn’t really acceptable or useful to anyone outside of the Aeclectic Tarot forum. A few years ago when i illustrated King’s Journey Tarot i was the target of an abusive campaign which had people believing i was everything from ” a greedy artist” to someone who think’s “his artwork is all that” because King’s Journey was going for a high price (which i had no part in). Those who criticised me back then knew nothing of me, my personal life, my character, or how much i was being paid (pretty much zero until four years later). Yet these same kinds of people had the audacity to suggest that i was being overpaid and thought a lot of myself. Recalling all of this, I brought up the fact that Aeclectic had a “reputation”, as many had informed me that it’s influence was dwindling on the buying public. Gregory replied…
Gregory: “Hum. Your King’s Journey and Simply Deep did OK here – surely we can’t be all bad. I keep hearing about our “reputation” – I have no idea what it’s supposed to MEAN. But don’t make it sound as if you were totally unaware of us until this moment – you’ve been doing pretty well here so far.”
I wrote back..
“Exactly how did it do well? This is the SAME FORUM where members assumed they knew me, and implied that i was “probably just a greedy artist” and “he think’s he’s all that”, so on and so forth due to the price. yes….THAT reputation”
I find that the moderators and administrators are, and i suppose it’s to be expected, biased. They won’t ban these horrible comments and downright offensive allegations towards us from regulars (who more than likely are close friends of the administrators thus defeating the purpose of being moderators and administrators in the first place)
This is why, although we find it unjust to be banned permanently from the Aeclectic Tarot Forum,
we are not going to cry a river over it….YET, we believe in fairness and equality. Aeclectic has dissed (sorry, had an opinion on) our Tarot, and made defamatory remarks to both my character and my partners, for a full week before we even knew about it, so i think it’s only fair that we continue our remarks on how we feel about Aeclectic Tarot, reply to the rest of the accusations concering our Tarot and so on, for another three days. This will bring us up to a full week and this will leave us even. In Ireland it is called Tit for Tat. Others call it fair and square. Then we’ll consider dropping the issue.
P.S if you are reading this Solandia, and you want your Aeclectic Tarot website to retain some relevance, like some have suggested it once had, we would advise you to kick these idiots out. They are driving away genuine people.
The Cultural Revolution Tarot can be found on our site for 40 U.S dollars (at the time of writing). For the brits, this relates to little over 26 pounds. Go buy our controversial kick ass work of art and you won’t be dissappointed