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22 July 2011 @ 11:21 am
Thanks and so long....  
Open Letter to the Doctor Who fandom:

Dear Doctor Who fandom:

I’m done with you.  I’ve been a fan of the show for over 30 years and I’ve never seen the amount of hate speech about one actor over the course of 24 hours than you have posted about Christopher Eccleston.  You should be ashamed of yourselves.  All your talk about ‘we should love all Doctors’ seems only to extend to every actor but Chris.

For 5 years he said nothing.  NOTHING but ‘no comment’ and you bashed him for being silent.  You called him names like homophobe, grumpy arsehole, troublemaker, opportunist, fandom hater, unprofessional, miserable twat or a hypocrite.  Then he FINALLLY explains why he left and instead of being happy and moving on, you call him a homophobe, grumpy arsehole, troublemaker, pain in the ass, unprofessional, opportunist, fandom hater, miserable twat and a hypocrite.

He can’t win in your eyes.  He’s damned if he’s silent and damned if he talks.  What do you all want from him?

I believe you love to hate him.  You’ve made him your personal fandom villain. 

What I’m surprised at most is your absolute inability to read comments in context.  I loved how one poster called him out on his comments about ‘the work is art’ and then made fun of his GI Joe appearance.  (This is a very common comment.  It’s easy to connect the two because of the comprehension problems)  What Chris DID say basically called DW the art.  He made fun of his GI Joe appearance calling it shit.  He never said that about DW and equated it with an art form.  Fandom should be flattered.  But instead…you LOVE to hate him.

I hope he never comes back to DW because you don’t deserve him.  I hope the BBC continually insults your intelligence and grabs all your money with merchandising.  I hope producers, directors and actors continue to bully the crew so youget your 40 minute fix for 14 weeks a year.  I’m sure all of this will make you happy.  Now leave Chris alone.  STOP HATING and go back to fawning all over your new people.  You seem much happier in your ignorance.

Can I please go back to googling “Christopher Eccleston” without seeing this crap?

Current Mood: angryangry
jessalrynnjessalrynn on July 22nd, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
THESE are the reasons I left.

(Ever wonder if these people are watching the same series you are?)
ms_sardonicusms_sardonicus on July 22nd, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah...right now I'm just fighting off a complete asshole on http://www.flickfilosopher.com/blog/2011/07/christopher_eccleston_reveals.html

"Chris Eccleston doesn't owe me anything, nor I him. He certainly participated in the revival of the series, but he didn't do it alone. If the show had tanked with Tennant in the role, you might have a point. But it didn't, so you don't. You need to get your undies out of a twist and your nose out of Eccleston's ass. You could defend him on every web site from now till forever, but I got news for you, he's never going to fuck you."

Nice huh?
jessalrynnjessalrynn on July 22nd, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I mean, how does this person know he's never going to fuck you? *dies laughing* Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Tell the person that Eccleston did something that no other actor who ever had the role - not even Hartnell - ever had to do, and he did it with incredible style. Also, bowties are NOT cool, and I do not care how many dorks in tweed tell them that they are.
ms_sardonicusms_sardonicus on July 22nd, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
LOL! I told him that if he ever does fuck me I'll take a picture and send it to him since he's that into details. Seriously, you have to read this guy. Between calling me a douche, and a rabid fangirl...he told me to bite him. LOL. Um ok.
jessalrynn: Nine Top Hatjessalrynn on July 22nd, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
Bite him? Seriously? OMG, Beevis, that is SO last century! *giggles*

Edited at 2011-07-22 06:10 pm (UTC)
Annairishlullaby on July 22nd, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
Haven't you heard? The ONLY reason women are fans of ANY male actor or singer is because they want to fuck him? Women are incapable of respecting an entertainer for their talents or artists abilities. All we ever think about is sex sex sex and it's all we want from anyone.

Only MEN can respect an actor(ress) for their artistic or lack of artist merit and are the end all opinion on everything because they are men are don't get all emotional and bring sex into everything.

/tongue-in-cheek sarcasm
The Lady of the Lakela_dame_du_lac on July 23rd, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
Hiya, this is neptunienne from tumblr in case you were wondering! Hope you don't mind that I friended you! I just love how you're keeping up the Eccleston love! I saw your comments on a few forums etc, go you! (I also posted a couple responses in some places, but tbh I'm not going answer the batshit insanos who think Chris ~owes them or whatever... there's no point, really)
Tarot: CE is my Herobigbadwolfeboro on July 23rd, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
I hear you. I'd hoped all the garbage would stop after Chris' masterclass but sadly it hasn't. Haters are gonna hate. That's a sad fact of life. Gotta wonder if some of that lot aren't just jealous. I added you a friend here, I hope you don't mind. Thought you were already on my list from back either when I signed on to nine_love or ecclescult.

Edited at 2011-07-23 11:44 pm (UTC)
jer832: Ballerina treejer832 on July 24th, 2011 01:16 am (UTC)
In one of his self- videos in his first season on DW, David Tennant made comments that echoed CE's about the shooting schedule, uncomfortable physical and living conditions, and getting the scripts late. DW has always been the poor stepchild of the BBC, and people involved with the shows complained.

Actors in GB often took jobs in the US - even commercials - to be able to make a living. It's great to be in THE Shakespeare capital and be THE Hamlet (I'm talking Olivier, by the way), but to be forced to do US commercials with the agreement that your countrymen will never know must have made one of our greatest actors sick to his stomach.

I certainly don't need to tell anyone who reads this journal (at least I hope) what McGoohan went through to get the Prisoner made, and while I only vaguely remember the disgusting aftermath (thank you BBC and GB), ms_sardonicus and others know in intimate and infuriating detail what the creator/actor/writer of a series that rivals if not equals Twilight Zone had to go through. And, by the way - for those who haven't seen The Prisoner, they were able to do a whole season without any inconsistency in plot or characterization - that means no plot holes, no mistakes needing fandom "fixits", no embarrassing shows like TGITFP or Weeping Angels you're supposed to keep your eyes on,, no wait that's close your eyes to, but wait... no giving your character an elaborate backstory that you ignore when it suits you and dump when it takes too much effort to follow through.

Where this is leading to is...

Bravo to Christoper Eccleston, one of our most talented serious actors, for having such firm conviction in the value and purity of his art, and the self-respect not to let the lure of money, bullying by the boss, the threat of being the subject of yellow journalism, or the gossip of a fickle and vilifying fandom force him to into a choice he knew was wrong ARTISTICALLY and would compromise his ethical standards.

For over five years Christopher Eccleston was hounded for "reasons", which were no one's business. He was too much a gentlemen and an artist to "dish" dirt. He finally made some statements about poor working conditions that only confirmed what other actors have hinted at, probably accidentally but -- think about this -- maybe not so accidentally after all.

What exactly should DW fans be angry about? Start to think, ladies and gentlemen.

bloose09bloose09 on July 24th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
Although I have been a DW fan since the 70's, I am brand new to the whole fandom thing. I joined up because of CE supporters like you! So what if there are haters. They are going to hate no matter what. Their hate should not be able to penetrate our sphere of CE support. It should be that strong. I don't care what they think, only that they have the right to make themselves look like idiots.

I DO care about people like you that leave because of them. Do not let them succeed in squashing out the less populated parts of the fandom. That's what they want. Please do not give it to them.

Maybe I am just naive in my happiness to have found like minded people like you to chat with now and again. People that I can share my love of CE with.
TFOthefirthyone on July 24th, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC)

I miss your posts at tumblr :{

But yeah, I can totally understand you about the DW fandom. I try to avoid the vipers' nests and just usually ignore the haters. No room for them in my life. It'll be like arguing with a tree. I agree with bloose's post, don't let them get under your skin.