I'm reading/skimming through the reactions to the Jensen and Jared interview here
. I do understand why some would be quite upset by Jensen's reported comment: 'TV is a waste of time'.
The argument is: don't spit in the soup you're eating - at least, that's the Italian way of saying it *G*
JA works in TV, TV pays his holydays, his clothes, his whatever. Better he be appreciative.
Do I feel offended as a fan by Jensen's comment?
Not really. First
of all, I come to this interview without any pre-knowledge. I haven't followed Jensen through his previous career, I have no idea if he has said similar things in the past or not. So, I'm taking it face value. If he keeps being reported as saying similar thing, I might form a different opinion.Secondly.
He's got the right to his own opinion. Maybe he really thinks watching TV is a waste of time. I don't really care because I don't think so, and my opinion is as valid as his.Third. Context.
This specific interview was in Norwegian, so there was a translator at the time there, and then kindly a Norwegian fan translated it back into English. Lost in translation, indeed. It can happen. Plus, we don't know how much conversation there was before and after that particular sentence. Plus, body language. Plus, facial expression. Plus, JA's own background, upbringing, private life experiences, previous fannish experiences - and forgive me, because I am a fangirl too, but some fannish behaviour is cringing =>see presenting MRosenbaum with a gift of sex-toys. Sure, you can say he laughed about it. But really. As a fan, that's not the way I want to be seen, honestly.Example:
Martin Shaw, Doyle in The Professionals. He's been rumoured as being temperamental with fans. I met fans that have met him in person and were charmed by him. I met fans that said he was brusque, if not almost rude. A fan diverted his mail to her house for months, only delivering what she decided he should see. I suppose he's just a man who happens to be an actor with his good days and bad days.
By interpreting JA's words, we only play into the tabloids/magazines strategy, I think.
I would be happier if he hadn't said that, of course. If
he has said it as it was transcribed, which we can't really know for sure. Either way, I enjoy his work.
And maybe, someone should organise a scrapbook with fannish content that shows him in what ways Supernatural can be intellectualised. And we know it can. Because I believe more in doing that complaining - and to me, watching TV is doing
, too. *G*