AFTV has proven to be a polarising platform for many Arsenal supporters since its rise to popularity as one of the defining fan culture YouTube channels.
The platform has received its fair share of criticism and praise throughout its existence, but more recently plenty of Arsenal supporters have been audibly vocal at matches about their feelings towards the channel.
Chants such as, “AFTV get out of our club” have been heard at grounds up and down the country, to the extent that they have even been audible through broadcasts.
The very essence of social platforms and fan culture media is built around the difference of views, how they clash and the development of the debates that follow.
The issue some supporters have taken with AFTV is that some of the opinions, especially those which are amplified, can be towards the extreme end of the spectrum. Opinions on players or coaches can often cross a line with the use of an expletive, blurring the lines between constructive criticism and verbal abuse.
AFTV have consistently condemned such behaviour but they remain accountable as long as it continues to appear on their platform.
The impact of online abuse must be considered. These often viral videos are shared incessantly and the mental impact on players is significant when critical attacks are amplified to huge audiences, often of rival fanbases.
With all the being said, the chant that went viral of some Arsenal supporters at the Amex Stadium on Saturday directed at the channel’s creator Robbie Lyle was unacceptable in every possible way.
The content of which can only be described as comparable to the abusive chants directed at former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger at away grounds.
Frankly, the supporters singing the chant, many wearing their Arsenal colours, embarrassed themselves and the millions of other supporters who would never associate themselves with such vitriol.
The irony for those involved in the chanting who are clearly against AFTV for whatever reason, have completely contradicted and undermined their stance. They have become exactly the thing they are so viciously opposing.
To anyone who finds the content of AFTV distasteful our advice is to simply not watch it. Do not engage with the content if it appears on your timeline and perhaps curate your feeds to avoid it.
Plenty of Arsenal fans enjoy being involved with AFTV and are within their rights to continue to do so. Just as every supporter who is not a fan of the channel can continue their relationship with the club and blissfully pretend AFTV does not exist.
But to care so deeply and feel so viciously anti-AFTV only suggests the fans involved in singing those despicable chants are on the slippery slope to becoming the very thing they are claiming to rally against.
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