Gobble Gobble Gobble, my fellow nerds!
Its that time of year to be pseudo-thankful for all that you have. I say “pseudo-thankful” because a majority of you seem to have lost a bit of grip on the difference between entertainment and your life.
From the militant basement-dwellers, to the recent surge of the fair weather fan crowd, it seems that the wall between artists and fans has faded to a chalk line that one continuously dares the other to cross.
WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS A BIT OF PG-13 LANGUAGE.
IF THAT OFFENDS YOU, YOU MIGHT NOT WANT TO READ BEYOND THIS POINT.
So it seems the lot of you entitled jerks need a nice reality slap. Allow me to oblige.
From threatening George R.R. Martin, to organizing mobs to spit on Walking Dead actors, to staging protests of Doctor Strange, to outright extorting celebrity material for your own personal gain like that one d-bag from Wizard World Conventions who isn’t important enough for me to remember his name. Let me say this as politely as I possibly can… GET A LIFE!! Oh, I know some of you are probably out there right now saying some (probably much more vulgar) version of: “But David, we’re nerds, this IS our life!” That’s great, I’m in that boat as well, that’s why Mr. Harlequin and I started this fine publication you fine folks read on the regular.
But here’s the difference, I know that what I read, and watch is this little thing called FICTION – as in it is NOT real, NOT happening outside your home, but fake. People that dress up, recite pre-written lines, and portray a character are, in a nutshell, working their job or chosen career if you will. These people in no way represent the characters they play on TV or in movies in this little thing called REAL LIFE.
Authors and the people writing the films and shows are just the same. They aren’t out to hurt you, and you sure as hell have no right to dictate to them how you want their story to progress. If your favorite character gets killed off in a bad bit (in your opinion) then, well… sorry about your damn luck, suck it up buttercup and either keep watching to see what happens next, or turn it off and go do something else. But we all know that doesn’t happen, because you people that do this are all entitled babies. You go and hop on social media with firesticks and pitchforks and badger these poor people into staying away altogether. Bravo, you just railroaded another human being for your own selfishness.
It probably never occurred to you slobbering mongoloids that this affects how conventions and other fan events operate as well. They all pay attention to social media, and in the name of trying to protect the investment in the event, they hire extra security, the celebs get more restrictive with meet and greets, or they just stop showing up at all out of outright fear for their safety. What this means is that those good fans who are the real majority, by the way, suffer because of your jackassery. Bravo again, junior.
So in the end, all of your little “social justice warrior” tactics end up working against you, and you end up having a bad time at your chosen events, as well as in life. Just remember, you did this to yourselves. Instead of keeping a check on reality, you let it bounce and frolic through your own mental delusion about how you think everything should go. If that be your way of going about being a fan, then please, just go away because you are the problem. Not the fictional TV shows or movies you so frequently take issue with… not the creators and actors that you constantly harass and try to be the thought police on… you.
This is Dave Ward and you have just warped through the Negative Space.
First Ambassador/Staff Writer: Nerd Nation Magazine
Please Note: the views and opinions expressed by Mr. Ward are entirely his own and do not necessarily reflect those of Nerd Nation Magazine, our sponsors, or anyone else, for that matter. This is an opinion column, and is intended for entertainment purposes only, so please don’t be a d-bag and try to sue anyone over the stuff he writes. If it offends and/or infuriates, encourage you to just go read something else… preferably right here on Nerd Nation!