Have Morris, McHale, Salling and Criss reached the level of Fame and Notoriety that warrants their blatant lying to Fans, making exceptions for some Fans and not others? Are they not obligated to interact with Fans on days they are not performing? Are they “above” Autographs and Photos already with only a Tour and one fully completed Season of Glee under their belts?
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NO! They are not obligated to interact with you, unless you’ve paid for one of those meet-and-greet things. But seriously? Believing that someone is in any way obligated to interact with you is ridiculous. It’s the kind of wrong that’s left Chris Colfer calling the police and waking up with bruises, and that caused some jerk to pull on Darren Criss so hard, he fell. Oh, and that other asshole who kissed him.
Nobody is ever obligated to talk to you. You know what? Make yourself interesting, and then maybe people will want to interact with you.
The Glee actors are exhausted, some of them sick, and they’re working a ridiculous tour schedule. They are being grabbed at and and hated on by personal-boundaries-deprived bloggers. Kudos to them for not being a bit more colourful in their language. I’d have told you to fuck right off.
You’re totally right: that is revolting. I think in this era of reality TV, people have forgotten that some people who become celebrities do as a SIDE EFFECT of them pursuing their careers and their dreams. Not everyone just CRAVES fame and is welling to do anything to come by it; but I think that’s the assumption.
Here’s a random personal story: About 8 years ago, I was a newlywed and out with my husband in NYC. We went to this great South African bar/restaurant where a friend was having a going away party. I have always been a little overweight, and was tormented for it in school, and I’m cute enough, but I’ve had to survive on my wits, if you know what I mean. But I walked into that bar and something happened: people STARED at me. The owners approached me and told me I was so beautiful that my money was no good there. Strangers came up and asked me to dance, had their girlfriends ask me to dance, asked me if I would take photos with them, put their hands around my waist, all despite the fact that I was standing at the bar with MY HUSBAND. For about ten minutes, I felt like the belle of the ball, and as if al of my 15yo-insecure-girl-dreams had come true. But by the eleventh minute, I felt embarrassed, then awkward, singled out, then irritated, and finally so freaked out and overwhelmed that we had to leave before most of our party had even arrived. I was almost in tears by the time we made it outside. I don’t know what happened that night, I don’t know why it happened, but all I was there for was to have a fun time with my husband and my friends, and I was run out of a place by people who thought they were being flattering and “nice.” That’s as close to being a celebrity that I’ll likely get — barring some unforeseen and flamboyant criminal act I’ve yet to imagine — and it was enough to convince me that it’s pretty repulsive and more than balances out the perks. I couldn’t do it for a living, for sure.
And your advice for these clinging fans to make themselves interesting if they want to have moment face-to-face with celebrities is brilliant. The idea of having my photo taken with anyone who doesn’t know how awesome I am makes me a little queasy. People have no self-respect…
Also, do they think the magic dust will rub off on them if famous people, beautiful people, talented people touch them???
So much this. When I heard about Criss getting yanked off the stage, I was absolutely aghast. There is no universe in which that sort of behavior is a good idea.
There is not enough hell to the no for that article and attitude and the amount of energy I’m spending trying not to wade into the bullshit — which no one should even have to because how can anyone thing this way? — is ridiculous.
Ouch. I can actually totally identify with shrinking from that kind of attention.
I have a love/hate relationship with being the centre of attention. I love public speaking and that doesn’t bother me in the slightest, but was seriously uncomfortable on my wedding day because people were looking at me for 20 minutes during the ceremony.
I wonder if the crazy fan thing is really a self-respect thing or something more sinister.
Aghast is the perfect word.
Hey, just want to note the use of ‘nutcase’ is really triggering and offensive to some people with mental issues, such as myself. I understand your point though.
I learnt yesterday that some people I know met Criss at a Harry Potter convention in SF in 2009, so crazy to think how recently he could just do something like that.
Given that she’s highlighting one tour and one season of Glee, she’s obviously mostly talking about Criss here. And like you pointed out, of all of them he has the *most* reason to be leery of interacting with fans.
Apologies. Have amended with somewhat more colourful language.
Yeah, it’s gotta be a bit whiplashy for DC, how it’s all gone so out of control in such a short period of time.
Hey, GOOD CALL. I was reading that line trying to figure out what he meant by one season, one tour — you’re probably right.
I was at an HP convention last summer that I’m pretty sure Darren Criss was at — I wasn’t an AVPM fan, so I didn’t pay attention — and although the fans were totally civilized, I know he pretty much had Rock Star status (as did all the StarKid crew) and sat at a table signing autographs for HOURS. I think if he’d announced then that he was going to be on Glee, fangirls’ heads would have exploded (lots of crossover between those fandoms, they ended the dance with “Don’t Stop Believing…).