Tweets to Chad Kennedy
There is no denying that an overwhelming number of tweets went to Chad Kennedy after he began discussing Destiel with the fans. As Chad’s tweets have been deleted, I am going to direct you to this Fandom Debunker post that gathered his direct tweets and responses.
Yesterday, from the mid-afternoon PCA Announcements, through the divisive “I’m No Angel,” through the apparent denial of any intention of Canon Destiel by the man who checks scripts for canon, and his subsequent exit from Twitter, was one of the most wank-inducing days in my Supernatural fandom career. I am going to be sorting through timelines for quite some time.
But let’s discuss Chad’s briefly. I just spent the last several hours reading all direct mentions (without retweets or links) directly linking to Chad.
There were no “Threats.”
The only “threats” given were people leaving the fandom and expressing such. That is their right. It is also their right to express their intent to do so.
There was a massive swell of criticism, but very little to no directed “hate” at Chad.
At SPN Anti-Bullying, we are not fighting a war on opinions or even criticism. In truth, there was a great deal of reasonable discussion on both sides from Destiel Shippers and those against canon Destiel, or against shipping. Though no agreements were reached, most of what I saw was treated respectfully.
There was also a great deal of discussion about breaks in canon for this episode (including angels/reapers, character voice, missed references, etc) which are Chad’s purview and what Adam Glass originally invited the fandom to refer to Chad.
The question of Castiel’s heterosexuality now that he isn’t an angel was posed as a continuity question. When Chad’s comments began, he was inundated with replies.
Many of the responses were apologizing for segments of the fandom, or referring to him receiving (uncomfirmed) threats and bullying.
Yes, the outpouring of responses was overwhelming. But there is not a spigot valve on fandom.
When a large group of the fans speaks up, their numbers alone do not render their opinions bullying. Whether it was the Destiel matter, or the Reaper issue, the number of their opinions does not render hostile the intent of them. Supernatural has a large fanbase that is very active online, and overwhelmingly the posts became support of Destiel as more than a platonic friendship, of Dean as a bisexual character, etc. Generally, what you’d find in a great deal of Meta online boiled down and broken up over 140 character Tweets. There were also many posts offering the contrary opinion, for platonic friendship.
If fans feel as if they have been led on, it is their right to express it. If they feel the relationship is and always has been platonic, it is their right to express it.
What needs to be moderated is not opinions or feelings. It is how those opinions and feelings are presented on all sides, and hate.
I am sorry to see Chad go.
I believe the fandom surprised and overwhelmed him. But the majority of tweets to him, while expressing opinions and criticisms, were respectful.
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