This is good. Don’t be part of the reason people step away from a ship because it becomes known for negativity by a few. Don’t also be the reason actors or writers become sour when thinking of a particular faction of fans because they berate and spread negativity. Think of the consequences of that king term for the show and fandom. If I’m being real…tumblr and the Olicity tag was too much the last 2 days. So much misunderstanding and negativity that I’m half tempted to avoid until after the premiere. There is so much awesome in the Olicity fandom that I’m upset I feel that way based on 2 days but maybe we all need to step back and reevaluate.
Pro-tip to Oliver/Felicity (“Olicity”) fans that needs to be said now and that I wish people would have said to shippers in my fandom last year: don’t become known for what or who you hate, don’t become synonymous with “crazy,” and especially do not - EVER - promote hatred or negativity to the star of the show on his own Facebook page.
I don’t know if a lot of you are new to fandom (I suspect a lot of you are new to fandoms/shipping), but I am not. I’ve been actively around for 7+ years. So let me tell you a little story of what happened in the Community fandom last year.
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Stephen has apparently deleted the post I referenced in my last post. My guess is it either got heated in the comments again and he just wants everyone to move on toward happier things or he thought he may have also gotten a bit quick/slightly biting in his response to the negativity and didn’t want that either. Plus it was in the comments he clarified he meant the negative, heated arguments and that he wasn’t aware of the CW/Arrow fan art contest.
Either way, we all make mistakes. Let’s not dwell on negativity from another fan, frustration at what Stephen may or may not have said or meant… On to bigger and brighter things, friends.
I, for one, am ready to focus on the Olicity excitement. :)
19 days to the date!
Guys… really. It’s disappointing Stephen even had to mention this. There’s no place for negativity and forcing your anger on Stephen or any of the actors or producers. They have NO control over whoever does the promo pics/posters for the season. It’s rude and we don’t need that reputation. We’re better than that. You can be upset and disappointed all you want, but don’t vent it on his page. Wrong forum for that - especially altering work.
Listen to the Captain and don’t be pissed at him. He’s being protective of HIS show and fellow actors with the statement he’s making. Let’s go back to the encouragement, excitement and HAPPY interactions. Can’t believe how far out of proportion some of this went in less than 24 hours for him to feel like he had to comment. Regardless of where you stand on ships, favorite characters, least favorite…don’t start bickering and fighting about it in a public arena such as Stephen’s page. That’s petty, inappropriate and some of the things that were said were just rude and hurtful. Newsflash: these are real people. Real human beings with feelings. Clearly it’s gotten down to Katie also and she’s gotten flack sent her way if you look at her Twitter (Sometimes…less is more, Twitter. Take a beat. Relax.).
Stephen’s also clarified he didn’t know about the poster contest starting today but was referring to yesterday’s poster release.
I’m now going back to hibernating from the Olicity tag for a few days because this will bring a whole new slew of rants regarding Stephen’s post (positive or negative reactions to it) and the fighting just needs to STOP. We don’t want to alienate the cast, crew or writers as fans of a certain ship, like or dislike of a character, etc. That only damages the reputation of the larger fandom and fans of Arrow. Be fans of the show. Don’t let others drag you down & into the negative. Instead, binge on season 2, watch the trailer and get EXCITED. Let’s flood the cast, writers & producers with excitement & positivity!
**Edited to clarify based on a response I saw: I know MOST of the Olicity fans out there don’t get involved in the catty, vulgar stuff with others (thankfully) but unfortunately some do and the point of posting was just a reminder for everyone (Laurel, Sara, Lauriver, Arrow fans in general and including those in the Olicity fandom who though they may have been a small minority were a part of what happened on Stephen’s page and the CW page). Why did I tag Olicity? Because I know WE are better than that. Stephen knows people will have their opinions, but choose the appropriate forum to say it or have that discussion especially if it’s going to get that heated as it did on his page and the CW’s. He was specifically calling people out in that incident who posted on his page - not on just being disappointed in the poster.
All I’m going to say is that yesterday was a disappointing day in the Olicity fandom. Like…to the point that I might step back from Tumblr and the Olicity tag for a few days until people are over their little fits. I’m not discounting your feelings but it’s hard to believe some people reacted the way they did (swearing up storms at people) and aimed it at specific people at the CW/Arrow AND in the fandom.
You can dislike the poster but we’re better than that. Be better than that, friends. A poster is a picture. Film tells a true story. The season tells the true story. Not one picture.
It’s all coming soon!
Well it’s about damn time right? Jeez. Thought I was going to be in retirement before they released the S3 poster. Now let’s have chat about it.
Yes. I saw. Diggle is behind Laurel. Same position as Roy. Don’t lose your shit people. Everybody breathe.
Why? Let’s remember the S2 poster…
Some clarity and sanity when it comes to the poster, if you need it.
If you’re ticked, be ticked but don’t let it bring you down because of character location. Get over your gripes, whines and complaints and remember the trajectory of the season is identity. Olicity is coming and John Diggle is not going anywhere. Each character is discovering a new level of identity for themselves this season and how others will see them.
Oh, wow… Damn…
If you’re really THAT pissed about it just remember the promo poster is a PICTURE. I’m pretty sure a video says more than a picture. Go watch the promo trailer again about 230953872 times and move on.
What people should understand is that Laurel is standing next to Oliver instead of Diggle to maintain the balance in the photo. Because now it’s like, a man, a woman and a man on both sides.
Laurel is not COMING INBETWEEN ANYBODY, nor is it about a foreshadowing of a love…
And yea, verily unto thee I say…truth hath been spoken here unto the masses.
Really people. It’s a PICTURE. Not the plot of the season, a picture. Balance in a photo with an ensemble cast is important and yeah - Laurel KNOWS now. We’re always going to have the Original Team Arrow but Laurel will have some side part in it (likely the “law” side taking criminals the Arrow catches to trial) and Roy is like Oliver’s mentee. He’s learning and growing as a part of the team.
End of story.