I haven’ t really posted on this blog. I started it so I could comment on shipper blogs which have been so entertaining for a long time. I’m sorry something so joyful that celebrated such a wonderful show and two wonderful actors and human beings has turned so painful.
I worked for many years with Lois W. Smith who was known as the earth-mother to the stars. I had the privilege of meeting the biggest names in show business during the 70s and 80s and part of the 90s. In those days, we thought their lives were hard. It is much harder today. It is not easy to be famous. Yes, Lois occasionally manipulated the truth, but I don’t recall a time where the PR Lois generated dealt in lies. If there was any time at all, it was to protect someone who needed protecting as a human being.
The beast – the Press – is fickle. From the beginning of newspapers, the press builds people up and takes them down. The first adulation is intoxicating. How could it not be? And, then, as certain as anything in the world, the press will turn and start to tear down the people they claimed to love. After the opening of CHICAGO, Bob Fosse, was thrilled to get mixed reviews. He had won the Tony, Oscar, and Emmy the year before, and he expected to get slammed. He said, “We fooled them bastards, didn’t we?”
Them bastards. With the internet becoming our press, them bastards run amuck. It is hard to find blogs with any journalistic standards or reporting skills. Most are only click-bait blogs. Actors have to have Twitter followers to get parts. Movie companies data mine the numbers not caring if they are positive or negative. Fans have to be made of iron not to be swayed by the negativity and hate and the blatant manipulation by forces we do not see or understand. For god’s sake, in the United States a man who does not perceive truth, and therefore can never speak it, is now the president of the United States because of Twitter.
The San Diego Comic Con was a disaster for Outlander. It was clearly directed by TPTB. Could anyone MISunderstand a show, its fans or its actors more than STARZ? Sam Heughan did not direct the shitshow it became. Whatever Sam and Cait’s personal status is – he would never do anything that would hurt Cait as much as it obviously did. I felt a little sick to my stomach when Sam and Cait were not placed side by side in every interview. It is a show about Jamie and Claire. The reunion IS Season Three and to separate them in a lot of interviews was stupid and letting MM appear was the stupidest move of all. Believe me, this was forced on them. Sam would not to do this. OUTLANDER is CAITRIONA BALFE’s show and none of the attention should have been directed away from her. If Cait seems a little distant now in her interviews, it is no wonder.
And Sam is doing what I love most about Sam – his posts this week are putting shade on himself, or his bosses, or the blonde. I love the fact that a blog said the dog he posted from TSWDM was his new co-star in Outlander. I will agree that it would have been better for him, Cait, Outlander and all the fans, if he had really grown some new balls. Before San Diego, I would have told him the least thing he should worry about is being fired. This week, I’d tell him it would be better to grow the balls, get fired and take your OL fans with you.
I’m keeping the faith that Sam and Cait are the wonderful people we have all believed them to be. I believe that their performances in Season Three will make the pendulum of the legitimate press swing upward again. I will continue to support them and their charities and all the shippers, too.