is it any fucking wonder that clevverTV pulled this read-fanfiction-to-the-cast bullshit? remember, this is the super classy channel that brought us “guess the wolf abs" where they used a paparazzi snapped photo of dylan o’brien on a beach— instead of using photos from…
First, Clevver should rename themselves to Asssshole because it would at least be accurate. The douchebag host starts off by saying Comic Con is for the fans then leads a round of ridicule of said fans. I wish SDCC would toss their asses out on the street as this behavior is the antithesis of what the con is about.
As for the cast, that was pretty damned thoughtless and disappointing. At minimum, Davis should have shut it down in defense of those who keep him employed. Posie has no filter and MTV shows no interest in coaching/hiding him, so i have no expectations.
MTV keeps trying to court fans, showing their work each week after the show, but has no idea how to deal with fandom beyond that. To make it worse, I’ve been present when fans show terribly uncomfortable art to a show star (Wincest drawing, very graphic) and ask what they think of it. It’s easy to point at something like this video and get irate at the cast, but even fandom has no idea how to interact with the stars. I don’t know how often the cast has fan works shoved in their faces by fans with some expectation that they can force the actors to approve of it. That type of behavior is only going to lead to this kind of response from people associated with these shows.
It doesn’t excuse the TW cast from what they did, but before we pile on them for their bad behavior, fandom has some incredibly bad behavior of its own. As both sides try to navigate this new and strange liminal space created between show creators and fandom creators, I fear incidents like this one will remain common.
I certainly don’t want to minimize the uncomfortable experiences the actors might have had. I have no doubt, because I’ve seen it on Twitter, that they deal with fans who don’t have a proper sense of boundaries.
I think the issue is that they’ve somehow reached the conclusion that the group of fans who read and write fanfic or slash ship are ALL people who lack boundaries and therefore it’s “okay” to be dismissive.
Case in point, apparently someone at Comic-con asked during the panel what currently non-canon couple they’d like to see happen (with no suggestions otherwise!) and one of the actors basically said “oh we know what you’re TRYING to ask about” which is just a shitty response to someone they ASSUME was a Sterek shipper. They’ve decided all shippers and fanfic readers/ writers are crazy and manipulative, I guess.
I think several things are happening in these situations. No matter the fandom, you learn really quickly who the “scary” fans are. Squeaky wheels and all that. We figure out quickly to stay the fuck away. I think actors/writers do to, unfortunately it bleeds over. The incessant attacks on Danneel Ackles is a horrifying example of this. I also have a theory that fans keep asking these types of questions because they are seeking something like canonical approval. I think its odd to keep questioning cast and show creators/writers about something that is entirely outside of their purview.
I also think that actors, writers, etc have a high level of covetousness over their characters and shows. Creative and artistic types tend to get defensive when their work is criticized or changed. Basically, they need to get over it. Fandom is going nowhere. It will only get bigger and more influential.
I can’t think of any “canonical” actor/producer that seemed truly at ease with fan works. Maybe Whedon? As long as the people being paid to work for the show continue attitudes of “fandom is weird/fringe/crazy” they are in for a lot of trouble. Again, they need to put on the grown-up pants and get over it. And then you have assholes in the media, like NottSooFukkingClevverTTVV, who think its “entertaining” to marginalize fan works. That is only going to change when show runners or actors put their collective foot down. I hope that Davis is getting more than an earful. I doubt MTV will be pleased with this. This might be enough that in the future he will actively stop fandom bashing in the media.