Somebody tries to get boyfriend involved in the Outlander shipper affair
Note: moments like this are why we probably need a more robust definition of bullying. By way of explanation — Bernadette Giacomazzo is an entertainment writer who wrote a piece today decrying the behavior of Outlander shippers. Flutist Kim is an Outlander fan who has been an aggressive shipper. Kim’s tweet is in response to Giacomazzo’s article, and she’s accusing Giacomazzo of bullying shippers. For the record, Giacomazzo is not the bully here; at the same time, however (and this is what’s interesting about her article to me), she wants to forbid others from speaking in ways that she reserves for herself. In contrast to Giacomazzo, I have nothing against shipping. Please understand that this statement is not intended as a defense of shipper harassment either of Outlander cast members or other fans. However, shipping in itself does not constitute harassment (contra Giacomazzo).
I learned some other interesting things from researching/reading about this incident.
(1) There is a Property Brothers fandom (interesting because I think the PBs are really cute and I’ve watched a lot of their shows; Dad can’t stand them). They go on cruises with fans. The mind pales.
(2) It’s probably a horrible idea, if you are a celeb, to respond to fans who tweet negative things at you. No matter how galling it is. It’s a bit like when someone posts here to tell me I’m a homophobe. Yeah, it’s galling. But the person who’s making that post is only doing it in hopes of getting my (negative) attention, on the calculation that it’s a more reliable strategy than attempting to attract positive attention (or in my case, even starting a discussion).
(3) I really don’t think, if what you want to accomplish is putting a controversy to rest, that writing a long, aggressive piece about it is really the way to go. Or responding with verbal aggression to your critics (no matter how unreasonable they are). Mafia tactics work mostly when you can actually kill someone, otherwise not so well.