just tweeted this link
from James Moran's blog. For those who don't know him, James Moran is one of the scriptwriters for Torchwood and was involved with the writing of Children of Earth
I've read the blog post, and I'm disgusted. I can't believe that people are so incapable of differentiating between real life and fantasy. Would any of these people find it acceptable to go up to Mr Moran in a bank queue or a coffee shop and berrate him for doing his job? I doubt it. And yet the internet gives these deluded cowards the protection they need to vent their disproportionate bile and threaten people who are trying their best to write exciting, provocative drama to entertain us. I also swung by his Twitter and it's also covered in 140 word snippets of bile, accusing him of all sorts.
It makes me sick.
A few months ago, David Mitchell wrote this article
in The Observer about the false bravado the anonymity of the internet confers on people to make threats and scream blue murder at people in ways utterly disproportionate to the cause of the upset. If you don't like the way a show is going, then it's your prerogative to stop watching it. At the end of the day, if it's not entertaining you any more then don't watch it. The kind of harrassment that the writers have seen in the wake of Children of Earth
has left me with such a bad taste in my mouth that if asked I will no longer say I'm part of this fandom. I don't want to be associated with the truckload of crazy that's come out as a result of this television series not pandering to the fandom fantasies of some of the more vociferously vitriolic. I'm ashamed to say I was part of this fandom now. I don't want to be tarred with this particularly distateful brush.
I'll be fulfilling any commitments already made, but nothing is worth feeling frightened to speak out in a fandom for fear of directing a jet of blistering crazy in my direction for disagreeing with the views of the wounded animal that is the TW fandom right now. There will be no more talk of Torchwood here, lest I get lumped in with the rest of the fandom. Particularly since I don't agree with most of the predominating opinion in the slightest.
As David Mitchell would say, just goes to show you can't be too careful.