When we saw Jared
Padalecki on Sunday, he didn’t seem like his usual bouncy self. A 3:00 am
flight from Vancouver, playing bocce ball all night, and a Twitter troll
telling you to kill yourself will do that to a person. But something else has
since come to our attention that we would like to address.
We don’t know how
many of you follow Jared on Facebook and/or are aware of the recent fallout
regarding an employee at the hotel where the cast was staying for MinnCon. Long
story short, a post was made calling out this person about her bullying
behavior towards Jared and the rabid portion of the Supernatural fandom came
out with torches blazing. They dug up the woman’s personal information, sent
her death threats, and apparently left so many malicious reviews across the
establishment’s social media pages that they took everything down. The woman
can’t return to work right now due to concerns for her safety.
Now, one could argue
that Jared was being irresponsible when he made that post and that he had to
know what would come of it. But that doesn’t change the fact that he’s human.
He’s not perfect - he makes mistakes. It seems he’s since re-examined the
situation more objectively and has deleted the original post to curtail the
negative fan response that he had no intention of sparking.
That said, Jared
isn’t obligated to tolerate anyone’s abuse. No one is. Regardless of outsider
opinions on how he should have handled it, he has every right to stand up for
himself when he feels he’s being mistreated. Yes, it’s possible the employee
was simply having a bad day and she took it out on Jared. That doesn’t excuse
whatever behavior prompted the post, but neither does it warrant the hatred
that’s threatening her safety. Frankly, it’s disappointing this has been blown
so ridiculously out of proportion just because some fans are too immature to
react appropriately. That’s not what the SPN family is supposed to be about.
So Jared, if by
chance you happen to see this, we support you 100% and always will. Those folks
who are saying that you’re responsible for starting the backlash have it
backwards. How the fans react is not on you. The fact that they responded so
irrationally is a testament to THEIR character. Not yours. You keep being your
awesome self and don’t let anyone or anything bog you down. We’ve got your six,
buddy, as do countless others.
On a similar note,
we’ve also found out that the establishment in question was going to be hosting
an event for the charity No Kid Hungry. That information was taken down, too,
so we don’t know what’s happening on that front. Regardless, it’s possible that
they may also encounter the downsides to this insanity created by a small group
of rabid fans. So let’s show the world what the SPN family is really about. We
ask our followers to support No Kid Hungry in any way possible. If you can’t,
then please get the word out to your friends.