If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world.
After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud.
OUR TEACHER MADE US READ THIS OUT LOUD IN CLASS AND I DIED
I still can’t say anemone
I only stuttered like twice and I’m stupidly proud.
It’s okay, we all fall into the drama from time to time… I am far from innocent!!
And honestly, no, I think there would have been a lot of angry people. But there’s ALWAYS a lot of angry people. The poor girl can’t breathe without someone getting angry.
Tag SQ in a CS tweet, there are CSers who are mad that the tweet included a non canon ship, and ones who don’t mind, and SQers who think it’s PR bullshit, and SQers who think it’s really nice and inclusive.
Not tag SQ in the tweet and there would be people from both ships that think nothing of it, and people who think it’s being exclusive.
Tag CS in a SQ tweet, same story. There would be SQers who don’t care and think she’s just being inclusive, and ones who are angry and think it’s a blatant “no homo.”
Basically, Jen cannot win. So, for me, I just think that even though there’s always going to be someone pissed off and someone else excited about anything she says, I would rather focus on the larger picture that Jen is someone who has these two sets of fans with very opposing views, and she does her very best to show both side that she appreciates them. Will everyone love every tweet? No. But she does her best, and I think everyone should just try to remember that. That’s my opinion!
And this is why I’m vehemently opposed to the ‘new now’ of placing actors at the forefront of social media promotional campaigns. Particularly when the product being sold is owned by corporations with profit margins in the billions. Corporations that can AFFORD to hire and run well-crafted social media campaigns.
I’m against it because it places an actor in the untenable position of having to please everyone, for the sake of selling the product with no social media experience, all with no safety net. Which is particularly tricky for actors on weekly programs as opposed to movies or online programs that are singularly or bingewatched.
What’s not getting talked about is that the actor is not just there to sell the product, but to also sell themselves. Let’s get real, how many of JMO’s half million followers are going to be there when she’s no longer Emma Swan? How many are scrambling to find and view the short films she’s been in (I’ve seen the YouTube hits, it’s not a half million)? How many are plunking down the cash to watch Star Trek for no other reason than because she’s in it? How many are part of a marketable base that she can place before potential producers to say ‘these are the eyeballs/consumers I can bring to your project’? In Hollywood, actors are disposable (sad but true). They’re fired, or replaced. Shows get cancelled.
One day, ‘Once Upon A Time’ is going to be cancelled.
Which leaves JMO stuck ‘playing nice’. Because it’s not just the show she’s selling, but her future career as well. This is not to say that she doesn’t love her fans, but as the lead of a multi-million dollar show, the shoulders of which the show is placed upon, she’s constantly stuck in this position of appealing to fan bases diametrically opposed to each other and not wanting to offend. The way it’s being used now, making a social media presence a requirement instead of voluntary, social media for actors is a firewalker course that’s impossible to navigate without getting burned. And that, imo, isn’t fair. When one becomes an actor you’re not handed a ‘Your New Found Fame and Navigating Social Media for Dummies’ guide.
Because the one question that doesn’t get brought up is this - how much does Disney have JMO’s back if she screws up? In all the talk about social media as the new battleground for promotion, there’s a definitive lack of discussion about the potential pitfalls, ie, Adam Richman, Paula Deen, that Duck Dynasty dude, hell, Michael Coleman, or more importantly, Meghan Ory, who shut down her twitter because the barrage of harassment became too much (which is something that *really* needs to be talked about). Like, what happens when the actors are live-tweeting and someone shoves their foot in their mouth. The double-edged sword where the fans are there to bring in new fans, but can also lead fans away. What happens when it’s an actor’s tweet causing the wank? And that wank (potentially) affects ratings?
In the rush for social media cash, too much of the onus is being placed on the shoulders of the talent. So, yeah, I’m way more forgiving of an actor stumbling to placate various fandom factions, when working for a corporation that should be doing this type of heavy lifting in the first place.
Jo Bless you Trancer. I literally cannot scream THIS loud enough. I wish fans would grasp that so many celebrities do not understand social media or fandom. They don’t. We understand those spaces and those audiences and those identities because we live them. And some celebs do get it and they are good at managing their social media presence. But its a mother fucking skill and one a lot of people have no training in. Also, (most) celebs do not engage in the sheer, mindblowing level of data consumption we fans do. Think about how much we know about a show; from tweets to interviews to bts stuff to reviews, fans consume so much gd information and that’s not even getting at the vast amounts of fan-produced texts, from meta to discussions to fanworks like art/manips etc. Meanwhile, the objects of our affections work up to 20 hour days and then are expected to do publicity events like premiers, Cons, talk shows and more in their “spare time.” Shockingly not a lot of them can afford to sit around and troll twitter to understand the division of fan communities.
Now, none of this excuses racist, homophobic or aggressive behavior on the part of celebs. However, fandom needs to stop (with some exceptions) expecting talent to use social media the way we fans use social media. Because its stupid, and it leads to way too many situations that could be avoided if fans stepped back and recognized the limitations of public communication for celebs. Also if those celebs got some help in how to manage their social media presence but unfortunately that seems unlikely. Corporations like Disney, ABC, NBC, Syfy and more are bad at this shit. They’re bad at it, and they’re letting their talent be thrown on the front lines when a lot of them dont’ have the time, inclination or training to do fan engagement well. And while you can hold celebs accountable for what they say certainly, you also have to understand many of them are in shitty positions and severely lacking in the kind of knowledge we take for granted.
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW? HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS EXISTED? LIKE THIS HAS JUST BEEN SITTING ON AO3 I HAVE JUST BEEN SITTING AROUND NOT READING IT. I will now read all of the The Secret’s in the Telling again to prepare for this one chapter.