Russian bots are one thing, but portions of fan bases across the board are becoming a bunch of spoiled, entitled brats. Star Wars fans have turned poisonous ever since The Last Jedi. Marvel fans kicked it into overdrive with the addition of Brie Larson and Captain Marvel to the MCU line up, and now Game of Thrones joins the group of poisonous fan bases.
Delusional Star Wars fans thought by starting a petition and GoFundMe page, they could redo The Last Jedi. A petition was started to remove Brie Larson from Captain Marvel due to comments Brie has made off camera, and now some in the Game of Thrones fandom think they can start a petition to have Season 8 redone from scratch because of aspects they are not happy with.
Variety reported the signature count has reached 450, 000 and Show Runners Benioff and Weiss have been questioned regarding their fitness to helm the next Star Wars trilogy. It seems the trend for a vocal minority of fans to become toxic is the hip thing these days.
Possible Causes for Game of Throne Fandom Reaction
One possible cause for the poisonous trends belongs to the Russians. 50% of negative comments for The Last Jedi on Twitter supposedly came from Russian bots. While Russians love to meddle with American affairs, it will get lame fast if we blame them every time fans feel entitled. Their fingers may be in little stuff like this, but it’s not worth even acknowledging.
Have any of you ever had that person in your life (usually a female) that when it comes time for goodbyes, they get surly and moody. Quite simply they hate goodbyes, so they turn negative instead of facing the goodbye of the friend or family member. Perhaps some of this is fans hating on the last season of Thrones simply because after 9 years it is ending. The characters we have loved are leaving (or dying).
Game of Thrones Toxicity – Because it’s Cool??
As I said earlier, some do it because it is simply the cool thing to do. Take anything in pop culture. When a new show starts, it is loved and adored, but as the person, song, or series goes on, people turn on what they previously loved and do the cool thing – they hate on it. People laugh and cheer as the former star or popular show nose-dives into failure. After eight years, few shows have the popularity of Thrones, so what could be cooler to do than hate on it.
Finally, fans are just too entitled these day. It is one thing to have dislikes. Dislikes are normal, but today supposed fans are taking what they hate and making it the be-all, end-all of the show. All of this media hate leading to boycotts of like products or petitions to redo shows is just pathetic. In what multiverse has that ever had an effect on a movie or show?
Season 8 Feedback
With The Last Jedi, The haters whines centered around Rian’s Luke and his choices. “That’s not my Luke” was the cry. The books created a far different version, so some fans were unwilling to let the past go.
With Game of Thrones though, most of the arguments are because things are not unfolding the way they want. Cersei should have been killed by someone, not crushed under a collapsing castle with her lover/brother.
The show isn’t giving viewers what they want. Wait. WHAT?! The fans expecting something different… Are fans forgetting what series this is? Are they forgetting what made this the series it is?!
Viewers have forgotten this?:
Have fans forgotten this?:
The red wedding shocked people into making amazing videos filming family and friends watching the shocking scene in ignorance. Here:
When has Game of Thrones EVER done what fans expect? That has been the beauty of this show. We never know what is going to happen. Here we are going into the finale, and while many may have “feelings” about what is going to happen, any fan will admit every single possibility is wide open and any number of people could still sit the Iron throne – if there is even going to be one!
Change The Mood
Kristian Harloff over at Collider addresses this issue frequently. It use to be people could see a movie and discuss what they liked and disliked, but in today’s world movies are almost as divisive as talking politics or religion. You are safer talking about Abortion or homosexuality than you are The Last Jedi.
Discuss what you like and do not like, but end the hate in all fandoms. If you are one of those signing petitions and encouraging boycotts, or simply spreading the hate, I have one thing for you:
Fandoms, we live in a world that has media, and that media has to be written by creators with pens. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, fandom haters? They have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for what you dont like, and you curse what they create -You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know — that writers imagination, while shitty to you, creates shows; and their existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, creates entertainment.
You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want them on those shows — you need them on those shows.
We use words like “creation,” “imagination,” “determination.” We use these words as the backbone of a life spent creating something. You use them as a punch line.
They have neither the time nor the inclination to explain themselves to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very entertainment that they provide and then questions the manner in which they provide it.
I would rather that you just said “thank you” and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a pen and write the story. Either way, I don’t give a DAMN what you think you’re entitled to!