Backstory: So, at the time, I was spending a lot of time talking with Joanime and other artists that were releasing content. Rumor had gotten around about some kind of conflict over original art between Jo and Ben, something I actually knew NOTHING about. Cliques and informal alliances were also kind of forming at that time and becoming toxic. It was like a high school drama. Basically, I heard one side of the story and created this in response, thinking I was "backing-up" my friend, Jo, while also trying to be cheeky about it. It was a pretty immature move on my part.
I don't know what other content came out that may have contributed to the mounting dramas, but I can tell you that after I put this out, the toxicity intensified and there was a divide in the community. There were petty little arguments in comment sections on artist pages on deviantart, sheezy, and NG. Probably other places. Egos were huge and fragile, myself included.
The whole "great divide" continued and I don't remember it getting better, honestly. Gerkinman was one of the few people that tried to do some good by putting the One Love collaboration together, which was more of a message to the artist community than it was anything else.
I can't remember if I ever directly apologized to Ben for mocking him and stirring up drama, but he proved himself as an artist and kept going.
He's definitely not funnier than me, though. I didn't even know he did comedy. ;)