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February 26 2017 @ 09:15 am
On actors and their political views  
Out of curiosity, would any of you actually stop watching a show you really love, like Outlander, if you found out that some of the cast and/or crew had political views that you disagreed with?

I have noticed, since the US election, that some of Sam Heughan's, Caitriona Balfe's,  Steven Cree's, Matthew B. Roberts', etc., tweets, even when they aren't overtly political in any discernible way (to me at least) have been drawing negative reactions from some of their followers who voted for Trump. Which is fine -- people are allowed to have different political views, right? Except apparently, for these followers, it's not alright for Sam, Cait, Ron, Matthew, etc. to tweet anything that might upset some of their followers. And on top of that, these followers threaten to stop watching the show if Sam, Cait, etc. continue to tweet things they disagree with and that they perceive to be criticism, direct or otherwise, of Trump. They are also fond of telling/warning Sam and Cait in particular to "butt out" of US politics because they aren't Americans.

I find this baffling. Surely the logical thing to do is simply to stop following said individual? It's Twitter -- THEY chose to follow Sam or Cait or whoever -- they can also choose to unfollow them if they don't like what the individual is tweeting. I also find it very difficult to believe anyone would actually stop watching a show they claim to like/love because of the political views expressed by people involved with the show. I mean, I think Tom Cruise is a nut job who believes in and has said some really weird stuff I totally disagree with, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying (most of) his films. These so-called fans seem to have trouble recognizing that Sam, Cait, et. al. are individuals -- real people -- and that they had those Twitter accounts before Outlander came into their lives and that these are their personal Twitter accounts, not "Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser" or "Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall" accounts.

I don't intend this to get into a political discussion, I'm just curious if the personal views of actors or producers/writers involved with shows you like (not just Outlander) matter so much to you that you'd actually stop watching the show if those views diverged too much from your own. Flip side of that (I guess) -- would revelations about an actor's behaviour after the fact affect your ability to watch a show? For example, would you rewatch anything with Bill Cosby in it now that the rape allegations have come out?
luvmywings on February 26th, 2017 04:57 pm (UTC)
Would I Stop Watcing?
I would not stop watching an actor based on their political views. I am a Trump voter and don't agree with many in Hollywood. They do have a right to support and believe what they wish.
I have the right to the same. I do not plan to watch any of the award shows because I don't want to hear their views on the President and his policies. While they have the right to believe however they wish, I don't think the award shows are the place to vocalize them. It's a celebration of the work they have done.
siobhan63: powerpuffmesiobhan63 on February 26th, 2017 08:10 pm (UTC)
RE: Would I Stop Watcing?
Exactly! I totally don't get anyone who thinks "don't say things I don't like or I will stop watching your show which I love". Totally illogical.

I rarely watch award shows not because of the speeches but because they're mostly lame. However, I totally agree with you that it's not the platform for political pontificating. Just thank everyone on the planet and get off the stage already!
Jill aka Josireesanwar on February 27th, 2017 06:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Would I Stop Watcing?
I agree with you! Though I did watch the Oscars and while they made comments it wasn't as bad as the past shows.
Jill aka Jo: 12M: Colesireesanwar on February 27th, 2017 06:13 pm (UTC)
First, my biggest problem with politics is the celebrity factor. It doesn't matter the politician or the views. Far too many people look at a politician and vote based on what they see rather than what they believe. I wish we could go back to a time when you had to listen to the views of the politicians without seeing them or hearing the skewed take of the press. Seriously, you can see it in the press. If you just see it from the other side.

It actually annoys me just a little that actors state their political beliefs as they do. Not because they don't have the right to them but because of their celebrity they have power to sway people whether they are right or wrong. But this comes from a lot of people in our culture right now... shaming you because you believe differently. That isn't okay.

I'm annoyed actors share their views but it doesn't affect if I will watch their programing unless I believe they believe something truly terrible which I've never really encountered.

And I just thought I'd love to watch the Cosby Show again.

I have to say, I think our culture has become more about persecuting people than caring. I can't say I'm a huge fan of Trump but I don't hate the man either. And like it or not the man is our President and we have to deal with it. Hate isn't a good choice. And while people assume Trump is a hater, I think he actually sees what is going wrong with our country in many ways and we need to give him a chance. Especially now that we are in a time where what one president does another will change. Not everyone will agree with what Trump does but is it better to be hateful about it or try to reach a compromise of some sort.

That is the issue these fans have. They can't compromise. So the actor you love doesn't believe the same things you do. Is that why you love them? We have to be less wrapped up in pop culture and more wrapped up in life. Shows are great and I'm the first to say Outlander sometimes takes over my life but it doesn't mean I'll stop loving Cait & Sam just because I don't believe as they do.... and many a time I have not.

The same is true for my friends. We don't have to agree to love each other.

Edited at 2017-02-27 06:16 pm (UTC)