If an artist gets angry and upset because YOU took their artwork and did something to it without permission, or reposted it without credit, then you have absolutely no right to play the victim card.
You took someone else’s hours of hard work and love and slapped some text onto it, without even asking them if that was okay.
It is NOT flattering, it is NOT exciting for an artist to see their work used this way.
And if one more person says that artists should be flattered when people steal their artwork, or manipulate their artwork, or post it without credit, because it means their artwork is good, I am going to burn something down.
It is NOT flattering, it is rude, it is selfish, and you’re an asshole for insisting otherwise.
Furthermore, if you’re big enough of a jerk that you think you have the right to take someone else’s artwork and do anything to it at all without their permission, you lose the right to complain when the artist gets angry or upset.
You’d be pretty pissed if I went into your room and started scribbling on your stuff with marker, so don’t do that shit to someone else.