Best.Photo.Ever: The Office cast after Steve Carell won his Golden Globe in 2006
"[When] Steve joined us at the party… there was hugging and screaming. Steve told us that he was really touched that we were all there. That’s when we crammed the entire cast into the TV Guide photo booth for the picture with Steve and his Golden Globe. It was a high point of my year and our whole Office journey so far." — Jenna Fischer (x)
Honesty, I don’t see how anyone could actually think that writing fanfic about a real person isn’t problematic. Don’t get me wrong, I think fanfiction itself is a wonderful way to show your love of fictional characters and that it is an amazing part of fandoms in general. I like fanfic. I think fanfic is awesome and that people should keep writing it. But the problem writing fanfic about real people poses is that the people you’re writing about are real people. They are people with real lives and real relationships. Does that not strike you as disturbing that you’re writing about someone’s life, dictating who they’re with, writing explicit sex scenes about them and then posting it on the internet for the whole world to see? “But it’s harmless!” No, it isn’t. These things cause people to become so involved in their “ships”, that they completely disregard the real lives these people have and tweet them obsessively, “You should be with so and so!”, “[ship name] forever!”, etc. And I get that as a celebrity or musician or YouTuber or whatever, your life will always be displayed on a public platform, but the way some individuals treat these people is ridiculous.
Imagine being a celebrity. Imagining it? Good. You are a popular celebrity who has just had a massive blockbuster hit. Your co-star, who happens to be your love interest in said film, is also enjoying the fame and success. You however are in a relationship with someone else and have no interest dating this co-star. You log onto your twitter or your instagram to find that your mentions or photo comments have been spammed with messages like “You and so-and-so are so cute together!” or “You should date so-and-so, you’re perfect for each other” or “Your significant other is a loser, date so-and-so instead!” No one should think it’s acceptable to interfere in someone’s life like that.
Imagine you’re a YouTuber. You’re in a relationship with another YouTuber. Every single video you post is spammed with your “ship” name, there are tumblr blogs dedicated to fanfiction about you, people are spreading rumours about your relationship… the list goes on and on. There is smutty fanfiction written about your relationship. People are sexualising you and your partner and writing fictitious accounts of your sex life. I honestly don’t understand how someone could consider that an ok thing to do.
I’ve talked about this before in previous asks and I will continue to stand by it. Tumblr and Twitter especially have bred this entire community of toxic individuals that attack celebrities and each other because of these stupid fanfics and stupid ships. It bothers me to see people vehemently ship members of One Direction (I think it’s Louis and Harry? I’m not very familiar with the group) to the point where they’re drawing smutty fan art and writing sex scenes involving the two. They’re not in a relationship and even if they were, it’s still not ok to write about someone’s sex life like it’s nothing. Last year, I watched Jinkx Monsoon deal with the same thing. While on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Jinkx briefly developed a crush on Ivy Winters, another drag queen. Ivy did not know this until the season aired and had since started another relationship. Fans started writing fanfic and tried to tell them that they “belonged together” and it ended up that Jinkx had to release a statement about how it basically was not ok to do this. When fans started interfering in the real lives of celebrities, it’s a problem.
It bothers me to watch people become so obsessed with two real people becoming a couple that they blatantly disregard the two parties involved in said “ship”. It bothers me to watch someone in a relationship have to deal with rumours and fanfiction because fans decided that they want a say in what goes on in their relationship. These people are not fictional characters. You do not get to have a say in their lives. You do not get to write what happens next.
I’m not trying to slam anyone here or make anyone feel bad, but I am so sick of seeing these things pop up everywhere. Just because someone may have chemistry on screen doesn’t mean they belong together. Just because people are in a relationship does not give you the right to write about their sex lives. That’s creepy. That’s fucking creepy. If one day, I woke up to find that there was fanfiction written about me and my boyfriend, I would probably throw up. I get that fans feel connected to their idols, but their idols have their own lives. It’s disturbing to read fictitious accounts of your own life. It’s disturbing to watch total strangers decide what is “best for you”. If you disagree or think I’m some dumb bitch or that I’m “infringing” on your right to write whatever your little heart desires, so be it. I honestly couldn’t care less. I don’t like talking about issues on this blog because I don’t like drama. But I’m so tired of watching people become uncomfortable with their fans because of shit like this. Basically, the point I’m trying to make is: Celebrities are not the characters they play and celebrities are not your characters to play with. The end.
HOLD. The. Fuck. Up.
While, I’ve never been super involved in the Morrilla fandom (I prefer Swan Queen), I REALLY just have to point out how twisted and contradictory your reply to this “anon” is. (Which, we both know it wasn’t actually an anon. It was a question you probably asked yourself, pretending to be an anon, because you’ve clearly had this ridiculous rant saved up for a while). Anyway, that’s beside the point.
First, let’s address item 1; the question from this “anon” (*wink* *wink*) was about the issues behind writing fanfiction about celebrities. It was not about hounding the celebrities and harassing them. That’s what you turned it into. Of course it’s wrong to harass a celebrity (especially about their personal lives). You don’t need a page-long empty rant to get that point across.
Item 2: Your inaccurate (and laughable) wording; “you’re writing about someone’s life, dictating who they are with”. I think you missed the point of FanFictionhere. I don’t think celebrities read smut about them and suddenly think, “Shit. Now I gotta dump my current significant other, because I READ IT ON THE INTERNET AND THE FANS DICTATE MY LIFE.” Hahahahahaha. Oh, please. Don’t be so naive.
Item 3: People are going to fantasize whether you like it or not. You invade these people’s lives just as much as anyone else. Stop pretending like you’re being a good patron and doing them a favor. :’) Because if we were really approaching this from your point of view, then you could easily be considered a pervish stalker for fantasizing about *whatever celebrities you’ve fantasized about*.
Item 4: The fans who hassle celebrities over Twitter and other social media are totally separate from the fans who just want to write some smutty stories about pairings they love. IRL fan pairings are really no different than Character-based pairings. Why? Because it is still a made up relationship.When you start shipping actual celebrities together, you inadvertently start shipping what is simply a new set of characters (ones you have technically made up in your mind). Take for instance, Morrilla. This is a real life ship based on Lana Parrilla and Jennifer Morrison. Everyone who knows anything about these two women knows that these two women aren’t actually going to end up together. Lana will soon be happily married, and, based on Jennifer’s previous relationships, Jen is (seemingly) heterosexual. So when people begin writing fanfics about these two women, they are not actually writing about Lana and Jennifer. That is what makes it fiction. These people are writing about their own conceptualized fantasies based on two celebrities they really don’t know that much about. Therefore, they have simply created two new characters in their minds that they just happen to call “Lana Parrilla” and “Jennifer Morrison”; because none of the actions of the characters in the writings are going to be synonymous in any way with what the actual celebrities do.
So hop off your soap box, and stop being petty. If you really want a fandom to over-analyze and pick apart, go talk to the fucking Bronies.
Yo, you do realise that I’m not even involved in the OUAT fandom, so I have absolutely, 100% no idea what you’re talking about? I think that you’re under the assumption that because the person you reblogged this from is relating it to Morrilla or whatever, that’s what it’s actually about. If you think that I would seriously send myself an anonymous message in an attempt to start drama, you clearly don’t know me at all (and you don’t, you’re just making vague assumptions to try and make a case). Would you like to know how this whole thing came about? I was watching YouTube videos and stumbled across a fanfiction blog for Zoe and Alfie. I then made a comment on my blog about how writing about real people made me uncomfortable. An anon sent me this question in response (I’ll even be so kind to show you their IP address if you so choose, because I started tracking my anons after people started sending me hate last year). I digress though, I am vehemently against writing fanfic about real people because it’s extremely uncomfortable for all parties involved. I know what fanfic is, I’ve written fanfic, but even as a pre-teen, I knew that when I stumbled across the Mariska Hargitay/ Christopher Meloni fanfic sprinkled among the SVU archive that writing about real people was awkward and strange and wrong. Even Fanfiction.net has a policy against non-fictional ships:
The whole issue here is that some celebrities are uncomfortable about people writing about them in this way. You can fantasise about whomever you want. Never did I ever say that fantasising about celebrities was a bad thing, never did I ever say that you can’t “ship” celebrities. Go for it! I just have a problem with people writing explicit stories about people they do not know. It makes people uncomfortable. It makes celebrities uncomfortable and it makes many of their fans uncomfortable.
The whole idea that fans seem to think they can control someone’s life branched off of this entire topic. Let’s use my queens Jinkx and Ivy as an example again, because apparently you didn’t understand the first time. People shipped Jerick and Dustin (Jinkx and Ivy respectively) after it was revealed that Jerick had a crush on Dustin. Fanfic was written and messages were sent, and this caused both men to become extremely uncomfortable and forced them to ask their fans to stop. The fanfic written about their sexual relationship- based solely on their on-screen relationship- had gotten so bad and (probably unintentionally) harassing that they had to tell people to stop, that it was wrong and that it was awkward. People who write fanfic about non-fictional characters don’t realise that maybe just maybethe celebrities involved aren’t ok with it. Fanfic like this breeds obsessive people who then go on to think that celebrities are better off listening to them.
Yeah, I am aware that not all people who write this kind of fic are like that. I am aware that many people intend for it to be a harmless thing, No one goes, “oh let me write this fic and see if they change their mind on this relationship!” but it comes off that way. When people write about real people, it makes it seem as though this is what they really want to happen- and this makes celebrities feel awkward.
As for your whole argument that people have ”simply created two new characters in their minds that they just happen to call ‘Lana Parrilla’ and ‘Jennifer Morrison’; because none of the actions of the characters in the writings are going to be synonymous in any way with what the actual celebrities do”- that’s preposterous. Again, I have no idea what anything has to do with anything concerning the OUAT fandom, but I will say that when people are writing a fanfic about real celebrities and using their name, they are tying the actions in said fic to those celebrities. They are not creating new character that just so happen to have the same names as the celebrities they’re trying to emulate though fic.
I’m not on a soapbox. I’m not ranting for the sake of ranting. I’m ranting because someone asked me a question and I answered it. And now I’m ranting because you are assuming things about me based on a reply that people happened to reblog. You have absolutely no idea who I am, so it’s ridiculous to pull assumptions about me out of your ass simply because I’m not ok with people writing fanfic about real people. If you have an issue with me, my askbox is open! I don’t like being involved in drama or arguing about things on public platforms (you can ask my followers and I’m sure they’ll corroborate this), but I’d be more than happy to discuss this via fanmail or askbox. I’m finished with this whole “reblog and add argument” thing, though. Have a nice night!
Does anybody else get really excited when they see another gay person in a normal place? Like I was in the grocery store today and saw this cute lesbian and I’m just like running back and forth with my cart in front of the produce like HEY LOOK AT ME I’M GAY TOO LOOK AT US BEING QUEER IN THE SUPERMARKET LETS BE FRIENDS.
Gay people literally act like dogs when they see other dogs.
I was looking in this tag for this exact photoset, and Tumblr delivered.
But seriously, humour aside, this scene is brilliant, because what good do those stork stories do? They teach children that sex is something dirty and private and disgusting, when really it’s one of the most natural things in the world. There is no way Wednesday would ever have had an unwanted pregnancy through her own lack of judgement, because Morticia and Gomez would have taught her how to be safe and sensible with something that could bring her pleasure. The Addams family are role models.
I think that if voldemort really wanted to kill harry potter the night the spell didn’t work on him he could’ve just picked him up and thrown him out a window given the fact that he was a one year old infant