“I knew that you’d only married me for convenience. I loved you so much, I didn’t care…. I never expected you to love me, I didn’t see any reason that you should, I never thought myself very lovable. I was thankful to be allowed to love you and I was enraptured when now and then I thought you were pleased with me or when I noticed in your eyes the gleam of good-humoured affection.”
I guess I’m bored and feel the need to address this issue. Manips don’t bother me. I don’t think they’re disrespectful, and no, if I were dating Sam or Cait I wouldn’t not be bothered one bit - so no I don’t think it’s inconsiderate. That’s just my opinion, same as if someone says they would be upset it would be their opinion but we have NO idea what Sam, Cait, Mackenzie or Tony or any party involved have to say on the subject. They have never said it-once. They have spoken out against harassment and for kindness, but never fan art/fiction or manips. People’s ideas on it are their own-not Sam or Cait or anyone else’s. No one is harassing them when they do it, no one is insulting anyone, no on is saying it’s real-it’s actually pretty clear and stated many times over that they are not. It’s fantasy, and yes, some like to jump into this side of fantasy like when they make fan-fiction, which I also have no problem with, it’s FICTION. Yes of course they know it’s not real, they are the ones who made it, they just wish it were. That’s okay and allowed. It’s okay to wish something true. Some find them disrespectful, some don’t. Which is fine, if you don’t like them, speak your mind and say so, same goes for if you do.
But we can’t ASSUME that they would feel the same way-on either side of this argument. We just don’t know. They may be like me and have a good laugh at it, think it’s cute, or marvel at the talent. Maril and Cait went for a jog with Cait and her baby bump. Does that seem like some one who has had several miscarriages and feels like “seeing herself pregnant might cause emotional distress”. Cait has talked about “getting into a mind frame” when filming Faith and talked about getting into the mood by listening to music. Sound like someone who has suffered from several miscarriages? Not to me. She has made several jokes about having a baby bump in interviews, always a smile on her face. So lets keep things honest. This brings me to my reason for writing this.
I debated whether I should make my thoughts known, I am trying to keep my blog fun and positive, but I do feel like addressing this. I saw a post come by my feed and it upset me. Not because it was a differing opinion. I don’t care about that. But it was who it came from. It came from someone who said just because you can make manips doesn’t mean you should “distort someone’s identity”, except, she does it ALL THE TIME. She has taken many casts’ heads and put it on other actors (from different shows) or models body’s. Did she ask their permission every time? No she hasn’t. Does she know if they would like it? Hang it up on their wall? NO she does not. Just because she likes it doesn’t mean the actor would like it. Do you think Sophie Turner would have a problem with taking her face off her body and adding Sophie’s? Would she want to hang it on her wall? Is that even the point of all art? You know what, she just might, I don’t know. But it is AS “disrespectful” as SamCait manips. Yes, it’s a fair comparison. If you are going to lecture people for creating manips-don’t do it yourself. AND don’t follow and praise someone who took off Cait’s head in a pic with Sam and added Abbie’s head-and actually passed it off as real-something that these SamCiat manips do not do. Does that make you an “asshole” that you claim others are by the same standards? And if you think they deserve a bitch slap, does that mean you do too-by your own standards, not my standards. I don’t think anyone deserves to be “bitch slapped” or called an ass hole. Violence and harassment is never okay!!! So to claim that some deserve it is 100% wrong!
So in Conclusion, I guess I’m as bored as you are for writing a blog about my ideas on putting peoples faces on other’s bodies. And I guess, like YOU I have nothing better to do with my time.
I do agree with her that harassing the cast and crew and their friends is wrong-i have said it enough times, I also do think actors have a right to tell people to stop manipulating their images-and IF Sam and Cait tell them to stop, yes, respectfully you should. BUT THEY DIDN’T.
Differing opinions are okay. Insulting and threatening people for thinking different than you and doing the same thing you do is NOT okay.
Sincerely, Julia LeBlanc, a Respectful fan-respectful to all.