I recently saw an article where Mike Tyson is supposed to appear as a convict who was a victim of sexual abuse as a child. [link]
. The reactions to Mike appearance on the show has kinda made me think about the power that certain pockets of Fandom try to exert over a show.
A prominent Rape activist, in talking about how sickened that she was by convicted rapist Tyson being on the show, talked about how fans like herself felt betrayed. She further when on to say that because the focus of SVU is on the victim that they feel like they OWN the show. Now, while I understand, appreciate and respect the touchiness of this subject, this woman couldn't just leave her objections to these grounds where her moral high ground does exhibit latitude. She had to approach it from a standpoint of OWNERSHIP.
As a person who writes and draws, I absolutely and completely appreciate the fact that people like what I do. I love that my work resonates and inspires people, however as can be the case, people can take things to an ILLOGICAL CONCLUSION. They can even become so protective of what they like that they react to any perceived invasion as a slight by either new fans or the creators themselves.
How many times has a band changed its artistic direction and or tried new things and been branded SELLOUTS. Even recently comic artist Tony Harris talked about FAKE FAN GIRLS and cosplayers at cons and how that sickens him, we discuss this at length in the latest episode of the Imaginos Workshop podcast, THE HONEYCOMB HIDEOUT [link]
. However, I think Tony misses the point. Non of us OWN FANDOM and no FAN OWNS PRODUCT.
When I draw my stuff, unless paid to bring someone elses vision to fruition, I OWN MY IDEAS. The fact that they resonate is beyond awesome and I am very thankful. But on any Journey which I take the time to present I AM THE CONDUCTOR. I know some of the fans may take this as a slight and im sorry but ,I draw primarily stuff that I LIKE, if given to my own devices.
The only intellectual property that Fandom owns is the stuff they actually create. Creation is not easy, it takes imagination, skill, understanding of working structure and no small amount of heart ache. If you have experienced this and an intellectual property comes out the other end, then CONGRATULATIONS you are amongst the ranks of CREATOR. If all you do is talk about this process and never actually take this journey but criticize other peoples vision then you are a best a critic, another word for a FAN.
Don't get me wrong, in a commercial environment fans go by another name CONSUMERS and they vote with their wallets, again THANK YOU ALL. However, powerful though this may be it is still not CREATION. It is also still NOT OWNERSHIP.