So,because of this,what can I really call it? scandal is too big of a word,you get what I’m saying;on Twitter yesterday I got 1 hr of sleep despite needing to attend my Uni classes and I decided to jet home early so I can get some things off my chest.I’ve been on Twitter for 2 years now,but I only took my account kinda seriously in the past couple of months mainly because I am a fan of ‘The Flash’ TV show and also a big fan of Grant Gustin,and in that time I have made friends, who like me,love the show and also ship WestAllen and it has been really fun interacting with them in such a forum.
This ‘thing’ that went down was the first time I witnessed a celebrity,an idol of mine,really blow a gasket on social media.It was scary,but also I admit really exhilarating for me to see Grant Gustin not just place one line tweets from instagram about his dogs,he was full out mad,and at first I was in shock.Now one thing I think he and many need to realize is that, yes,The Flash is a show,it is make-believe as Grant said,but the fact that they are deviating from the “norm” in terms of bringing in a more diverse cast,there is an extra attachment to not only the fictitious characters but to the actors/actresses themselves.Grant talked about bullying.Yes bullying is wrong,no one should make another person feel sub-human regardless of their reasoning or the principles they have to back it up even if it is done in jest and I think this is what GG was trying to say but the message got received in the wrong way,because he acted in haste and out of fustration without thinking of the backlash it would cause.Despite him almost having a million followers,his fame is sort of new-founded because of The Flash and this being his first role as a regular on a show.He has stated on many occasions that he isn’t well versed in social media engagement,but he broke out of that shell because he wanted to be closer to his fanbase,which I applaude him for doing.On that note however,it makes him vulnerable to getting emotionally riled up by people within the fanbase he so desperately loves.Some take the storyline too seriously and cannot distinguish the man from the character,but in this instance I don’t think it was the case.What the fan in question wrote ie ‘delete this’ on his post of a photoshoot with Danielle,disturbed him a great deal n I am of the opinion that it wasn’t her that he was super angry at,it was him constantly being beraded by people he can’t see, to do things he doesn’t want to do that just made him say ‘enough is enough’.The girl,just happened to be in the firing range of his discontent with the whole situation.On that note however,part of being a public figure and a celebrity is knowing when to step back from a situation.After the girl’s comment,he went on her personal page and spotlighted a comment she made where he was not tagged or mentioned,which was very juvenile.He was hurt that she said he had the ‘body of a stringbean’ and wanted to expose her as a bully.Now I don’t think she should have written that,because it was kind of mean,but GG shouldn’t have stalked her page and gotten himself further upset either.
Things escalated when a few WA fans brought up the fact that there are more vile forms of bullying going on Twitter with racial discriminatory tones surrounding his co-star Candice Patton,that he is turning a blind eye to and blowing his lid over a “delete this” comment was outrageous when Candice deals with a million times more hate in a single day.Although her fanbase is smaller than GG’s she does have to deal with a lot more hurtful things thrown at her,but she handles it with poise and grace.She is Beyonce in the elevator while her sister is smacking the black off of Jay Z, calm and zen,not because she doesn’t see it,but coz she knows how reacting to a situation never ends well especially if you are in the celebrity spotlight.The point is,people will say horrible things,but how you deal with the situation shows your true colours and character.I was actually scared at one point by GG’s retaliation, you could almost envision the scowl on his seemingly adorable face whilst trying to make this girl pay for her “crime”.I’m not saying he wasn’t justified in getting upset but he could have just blocked her and called it a day,instead he stalked the girl’s page and when she cried out for help from Candice,he told candice to block her too.what a mess.The show hasn’t even been on hiatus a week and we have this drama looming like a nimbus cloud over the entire fandom.
For my fellow WA fans who believe he should address the racism Candice gets,you should know our girl CP is strong,she is smart and a lady,she can handle herself pretty well without Grant’s help.They might be macking on TV but GG isn’t her boyfriend,he is not required to be her “Barry Allen” in real life situations and with a million followers who probably tweet at him several times a day,blowing up his phone and other devices,he can’t combat every problem and instance of discrimination.He has a life.He has a girlfriend,bills to pay,dogs and he is trying to recuperate from a very intensive period of acting for The Flash that took a huge physical and emotional toll on him.So be a little sympathetic.Even the girl who was blasted by him,said she still loves him and can’t wait for season 2,so if she can see passed this,I don’t see why the rest of the fandom can’t.Both parties were at fault here,but we need to act mature about this.Yes we can be very protective of Candice,but she will be ok.She is enjoying herself and her journey to stardom,despite it being wrought with fans of the show who are racially intolerant.GG might have seen some tweets attacking her and im sure the ones he saw doing so,he blocked,but didn’t make it a public spectacle.Like I said,I’m pretty sure him lashing out at this girl,was not sth personal, he had just had it with people unable to differentiate his character on The Flash from other works he is doing.So with that stay well,love one another and let’s learn to forgive and forget because one thing we ALL have in common is that we adore the show,so let that be the focus.