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Here We Go Again…

16 Jan

I came online this morning to find the internet in meltdown.  Sherlock fans venting their anger at the creative people behind the Sherlock episode “The Final Problem”.

I was going to stay out of it, but I can’t.  Because I’ve seen this shit before and it is NEVER good for anyone.

The last time I saw an internet storm this bad was when Cote de Pablo, who played Ziva David on NCIS left the show.  I said my piece then, but obviously people weren’t listening, so, at the risk of repeating myself… here we go again.

You have a right to be upset about a television show.  You have the right to an opinion.  You DO NOT have the right to be rude, vicious, and vile to the people involved in the creation of the show.  THAT is bullying and harassment and is a crime in almost every civilized society.  Problem is, in acting like that, you are displaying to the world that you are not civilized at all.  Or mature.  Or intelligent.

In what world do you think it is right to abuse Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss?  Or Arwel Wyn Jones – a man who, while he is responsible for the wonderful sets and locations, has sweet bugger all to do with the script?  In what world is it right to so harass the director Ben Caron that he deletes his Twitter account?

I’ll tell you what world. NONE.  None at all.

The demonstration of vindictiveness and bile displayed demonstrates a lack of compassion, humanity, and sanity.

It’s a television show, people.  Look around you.  There are people suffering: homeless, hungry, miserable, dying in wars…and you’re bitching because a television show didn’t go the way you wanted it?  Priorities, people, priorities.

It would serve you right if that was the last ever episode of Sherlock.  I know that if I was involved with the show I sure as shit would be wary of making any more and exposing myself to that level of vitriol.

Grow the hell up!

F is for Fanatic

11 Sep

Excuse me, but I am in a bit of a grumpy mood this morning.  I came online to discover two things.  The first one is a fantastic interview with Benedict Cumberbatch ( http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/benedict-cumberbatch-confessions-fifth-estate-625408 ), the other was whiny fan reactions to the interview.

I’ll say right now that I love the interview.  It is probably one of the more interesting interviews with Benedict that I have read.  It is obvious that the man has real depth and intelligence and I would sell my soul to have a long existential conversation with him.

And what does a section of the fandom focus on?  The fact that he doesn’t keep all the gifts sent to him.  Excuse me, be bloody grateful they reach him at all!  In most cases gifts to stars are scrutinized very carefully before they get anywhere near their intended recipient.  This is to prevent horribly unsuitable or downright unpleasant gifts getting through.  I have heard stories from people I know in the industry about the things that get sent.  One US television star regularly got sent used knickers through the mail.  Naturally they went straight into the hazardous waste.

Think about it for one moment.  If every gift was accepted and kept by the stars we would soon be seeing a new reality television series – “Hollywood Hoarders”.  Not a pretty sight – piles of women’s knickers, stuffed toys, uneaten boxes of chocolates, and the occasional plaster cast of someone’s breasts, as far as the eye can see.

The other thing that another section of the fandom is focusing on is the “fact” that the reporter didn’t like Benedict.  I hate to point it out to people, but it isn’t a law that everyone has to fall down and worship at the altar of Benedict Cumberbatch.  In fact I suspect that it embarrasses the hell out of the poor guy.  I know it would embarrass the hell out of me.  I admire Benedict’s talent as an actor and I find him incredibly attractive.  I DO NOT worship the ground he walks on.

It is only a matter of time before someone advocates tarring, feathering and then burning the poor reporter at the stake.

It’s not just some of Benedict Cumberbatch’s fans.  The delusional section of the  Cote de Pablo fandom is STILL whining about Cote leaving NCIS. 

Keep this up, my lovelies, and soon there won’t be a bloody actor left on the planet who will want anything to do with their fans.  And you will only have yourselves to blame.

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