Here’s the thing. I am not an actor. I am not a writer. I am not a producer, director, stunt coordinator, musical director, wardrobe coordinator or any one of the other dozens of titles which go into the making of the entertainment I sit down to watch. I am a viewer, period, and as such I know what I like and I know what I don’t. When I like something I give it my loyalty but more importantly I give it my time. In this ever increasingly hectic world that is not to be taken lightly and I do not feel those who DO make entertainment take it lightly. They work hard at what they do. They have a passion for it. They must or they wouldn’t be doing it in the first place.
Those who create, whether it be with words, notes, pictures, paints, or whatever other medium they choose, have a vision. They know in their minds eye how they want their creation to sound or look or feel when it is complete. Will it appeal to everyone? Of course not. That’s the nature of art, to broaden the mind, to make people think outside the box. To make them look at things in a way they may not have before. Will everyone be willing to go for the ride? Again, of course not. But the artist MUST follow his dream; create what he feels he wants to create, to convey what is in his heart and his mind and his soul. He can’t do it any other way and be true to who he is.
I don’t claim to know anything about creating art, no matter what its form. I just know what I like. And if I don’t like something, so be it. I simply do not engage in that activity again. If I go into an art gallery and see a piece that confuses me or is not to my taste, I move on. I don’t try to sit the artist down and tell him how to paint so that it’s the way I like it. If I go to a restaurant and I don’t like the food, I simply don’t go back. I don’t barge into the kitchen and try to teach the chef to prepare the food my way. As far as a TV show is concerned? If an episode is not up to par for me? OK…there are 23 others to watch. If a particular character grates on my nerves, there are plenty more in the cast to focus on. But if the entire show turns out to be a disappointment, I…stop…watching…it! I don’t take to Twitter and bombard the show runner or the actors with complaints and “advise” on what they should be doing to make it what I want it to be. They are not my personal court jesters. They are not there to cater to my personal tastes. They are there to do their job. That’s it!
I commend anyone who takes the time to come on Twitter and interact with the fans. It is an endeavor which opens that person up to hatred, vitriol, heartache and downright nastiness that should have been left on the playground when folks were in grade school. Why? For simply daring to produce a product some people don’t care for. The difference is on the playground a kid might think twice before attacking, apprehensive of the response they’d get in return. They were just as likely to get a punch in the face as a witty retort. But social media has taken away that line of defense. People hide behind pseudonyms and cute avatars to shield who they really are. They can attack without fear of retribution. They can hide behind their anonymity and say any hurtful thing they want.
It is simply not the way it’s supposed to be. We’re all supposed to be more mature than that. I remember something my mother used to say to me when I was a kid. “Act your age, not your shoe size”. It always seems to turn out that mom was right!