Wondering why #IStandWithSerebii is trending from Pokemon Sword and Shield? Here's the tea...
There's been a lot of drama in the Pokemon community lately - crazy, we know - over the exclusion of the National Dex but many have taken their displeasure to ridulous heights and now other members of the community are standing up. Silly President Trump petition aside, a Serebii fansite webmaster has been receiving abuse and death threats over recent leaks. To counter that negativity, gamers are spreading love through the hashtag to show solidarity against the temper tantrums.
There's having an opinion, then there are death threats. The latter? Never ok. So what is the positive side of Twitter saying regarding a person that worked to try to halt false info from spreading? Here are a few examples:
Say what you want about Sword/Shield, but one person who has received nothing but unwarranted hate, vitriol and even death-threats is @SerebiiNet.— Big Boss (@AceTrainerLiam) November 12, 2019
This guy has done nothing but report the news and try to stop the spread of misinformation. #IStandWithSerebii
So thank you, @SerebiiNet, for everything that you do.— Big Boss (@AceTrainerLiam) November 12, 2019
Remember there are people in this community who appreciate all your hard work and what you have to endure to bring us the most accurate up-to-date info, and we respect you so incredibly highly for it! ❤️#IStandWithSerebii
Not sure what the whole @SerebiiNet situation is, but I’ll say this: it literally contributed to my childhood Pokémon experience, and continues to do so to this day. The work that @JoeMerrick has done is nothing short of awe inspiring, and I thank him for that #IStandWithSerebii— HoopsandHipHop (@HoopsVGM) November 12, 2019
Death threats and harassment only make things worse. Get over yourselves, its a video game. You are harming real people because your fictional character isn't in a game. Fuck you. Get out of our community you idiots....— DamianWaynePyschoKillerXXX🛡🍮🍦🍨🍪🍰🎂🍭🍩☕🍫🍬 (@PyschoWayne) November 12, 2019
Apologizes for my watchers who reading.#IStandWithSerebii
Thank you @JoeMerrick for always keeping us informed of the facts and never posting about leaks and rumours! @SerebiiNet is and always will be my number one news source for anything Pokemon related! Keep up the amazing work 👍 #IStandWithSerebii pic.twitter.com/MRsldq3k1m— Gizmo (@gearsofgizmo) November 12, 2019
Who the fuck is hurting @JoeMerrick ?— Iron Sword [2 days left!] (@IronSword17) November 12, 2019
THE GUY SPENT 24 HOURS FOR Y'ALL WATCHING A DAMN SCREEN. The guys runs a respected site and looks like an awesome dude to hand around. SMH, he doesn't deserve the hate. #IStandWithSerebii
I've never seen someone as committed to their passion as @JoeMerrick. He's simply a wealth of Pokémon knowledge who knows how important his words are. He never talked predictions on GameXplain because so many would take it as gospel. That's how respected he is. #IStandWithSerebii— Derrick Bitner (@BitnerdGX) November 12, 2019
There are so many more positive messages, which is really heartening to see. Too often we are reporting on the abusive side of the gaming community, so bear with us as we cling to this small slice of positivity and general wholesomeness.
For those that didn't want to sift through the tweets, Serebii is a site reporting on all of the Pokemon news and have been since the 90s. With such a strong community at Joe Merrick's back, it was strange to see the sudden vitriol going his way. While the conversation about what we are disappointed in with games shouldn't be frowned upon, there's a way to offer feedback that isn't abusive and for those that don't know the difference, it's time to step back from social media and get your life together.
We'll be able to see all of the Pokemon and their trainers when Pokemon Sword and Shield releases exclusively on Nintendo Switch on November 15th.