The secret life of human pups… some advice…
Well, I’ve seen the announcement for the documentary on human pups come up on CH4 website so it looks like 25th May is the day I will get to see how the media have looked at the scene that so many of us enjoy and take part in. I’m not sure I’m a big fan of the salacious use of the word “secret” in the title and the description, as it makes it sound like an exposè of some sort. Channel 4 use this pre-cursor a lot though, and theres tonnes of “The secret life of…” documentaries. I think it’s gonna be interesting and am really looking forward to the documentary and seeing pups that I know featured and how the documentary on the whole portrays the scene.
It’s this which is also my concern too. I haven’t seen the documentary yet, but it’s already opening a large door and casting a light on the pup scene, and allowing the outside world to share their views on what they think of pup play. You only have to look at the comment stream on Twitter regarding the programme at the moment, or the article put up on the daily mail website and there are a lot of negative/jokey comments. I don’t think you can blame the people that took part, or the documentary makers for this, but its a door that’s been opened for the idiotic and uninformed people that unfortunately live to troll and make negative comments on something that they don’t understand. The documentary wont change this. Unfortunately its sort of a pandora’s box that about to be opened.
For new pups out there please don’t be put off by any of these negative comments. There will be a lot of positive ones too, but our human parts always like to concentrate on the negative rather than the positive things, its the human nature in us. There is going to be lots of commentary (there are already a lot of comments on Twitter about the show now the media has started to talk about it), but it could be off-putting, so I have some hints and tips too for pups that are utilising social media.
Over the next few days, there’s going to be a social media furore around people watching this documentary and wanting to find out more about the pup scene. Make sure your twitter feed is protected so only your followers can read and see your stuff. Make sure you don’t allow Direct messages from just anyone. Avoid posting onto group chats or using common hashtags (especially ones that Channel 4 or the programme makers might publish) that then make your tweet and your profile searchable and findable (remember Twitter is one big search directory too!).
On Thursday there’s going to be quite a lot of trolls and accounts looking for people into pup play to antagonise, this is unfortunately just the social media world that we live in today, its nothing to do with the documentary or its content. Just think of this week as batting down the hatches before the storm hits and protecting yourself from potential negativity. You should still chat to your friends regarding what you think of it, but be a bit more wary of the outside world for a bit.
If the type of comments I’ve put a pic up here upset you, then come off social media altogether for a couple of days. Watch the documentary, its an important milestone for the UK pup scene, enjoy it for what it is, but don’t get caught up in the social media hype around it. Think of it as a documentary for us, for the pups, for what we are and why we enjoy the pup scene so much. The media spotlight will fade after a bit, and the scene and pups will still be here for us all afterwards.