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November 06 2016 @ 08:48 am
More "fan" nastiness  
The other day, I saw a rather odd tweet from Sam appear in my timeline:

I didn't see anything specific in the rest of his feed that explained to what he was referring, so I ignored it. Then Caitriona tweeted:

So after seeing that, I googled. Sam's comment was in response to abuse being heaped on Mackenzie Maury over on Instagram. Maury may or may not be Sam's current / former girlfriend. I've also read that she may have been cast to play someone in season 3, possibly Geneva, but that's beside the point. Maury posted a pic of a Scottish landscape on her instagram account and a bunch of angry Sam-Cait shippers apparently started attacking her. Sam first posted his comment on her Instagram account trying to get people to back off and leave her alone, and then made the same comment on Twitter. Story here.

And the previous week on Twitter, Anne Kenney got a fair bit of abuse on Twitter when she commented that the episodes she's been working on made her "kinda" root for Laoghaire and Frank. That of course drove all the Frank and Laoghaire haters into overdrive.

I want to say that I "get" why people are so passionate about these totally fictional characters and such, but no, really, I don't. This sort of behaviour baffles me beyond words. I also wonder about long-term impact on the future of the show. I had read a comment in an article some months back (and I've not been able to refind it, unfortunately) from some higher-up at Starz who was worried that the show wouldn't be able to grow a larger audience because of this element in the fan-base. Because they get so vicious on anyone who doesn't share their delusions world view, it will put off new people from getting involved with the show. I don't know how true that might be in terms of the show gaining new fans, but this sort of constant abuse will surely end up taking a toll on the stars, writers, producers, etc., and that is certainly worrying.
siphraniax3: pic#126680256siphraniax3 on November 6th, 2016 07:55 pm (UTC)
That's interesting. I used to wonder about that myself, and stopped participating in certain fandoms because I just couldn't deal with the intensity. But then I realized that once I was out of the fandoms, that had no effect on whether or not I enjoyed the show. I just didn't have to deal with those fan groups anymore. I bet most people who watch the show have absolutely no idea what is going on in the fandoms. It is a shame those hard core groups out there make it hard on people who want to participate online, but you can always just leave. Of course, the actors don't have that option.
Eumel: people of intelligenceeumelkeks on November 6th, 2016 10:51 pm (UTC)
This fandom has gone off the deep end but I doubt that this has anything to do with the show's attracting new viewers. The majority of viewers never participate in fandom or trawl the fansites for more information. The problem Outlander has is marketing. Starz wants it it appeal to GoT viewers but GoT has had a very happy hardcore fanbase of book readers for several seasons and both book and show are different beasts entirely. Starz led Outlander into an identity crisis and it's hard for a show to appeal to new viewers if it doesn't really know what kind of show it is.
Jo Ann: Logo: Collageyeuxdebleu on November 6th, 2016 11:05 pm (UTC)
I used to be a big participant in social media, but no more. I go only to LJ and have a Facebook account I use for family and friends who aren't on LJ. I no longer read twitter, instagram, tumblr and the lot. I know nasty things go on at Facebook, too, but they don't come up in the kind of interactions I have. It's sad that some people have ruined a good thing.

Edited at 2016-11-06 11:07 pm (UTC)
Kaylee Winchesterroguem on November 8th, 2016 11:12 am (UTC)
This is the part of fandom that I despise.
Attacking the actors and show-runners because they think differently or don't fit into that narrow fandom box is just insane. It's not like Sam and Cait are going to start dating just to appease some crazy group within the fandom.

ugh... I need to stop or I'll just start rambling.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 1st, 2016 08:51 pm (UTC)
I'm with all of you. It is a shameful things that people think just because they aren't saying it to the face of the person they are attacking, that it is okay.

I think Sam and Cait should block those people.