Source: Jared Padalecki Twitter
Photographer: Monica Duff
I’ve been a Supernatural fan for the past eleven seasons and I’ve seen my fair share of ‘fans’ thinking it’s perfectly okay to love one of the actors on the show and then send hate to the others.
That’s NOT okay.
It is perfectly fine if you like Jensen Ackles the most or if you like Jared Padalecki the most. That doesn’t mean you sit behind your phone or your computer screen and send hateful, mean and downright disrespectful messages to the actor you don’t like the best. That’s bullying, plain and simple.
These actors work hard on a show they love and that we love so we can enjoy new episodes each week, every season. They do not deserve to log in to their social media accounts and constantly see hate from so-called ‘fans.’
Do you really think Jensen or Jared will ever respect you for saying these ridiculous things to either one of them? If you actually cared about them like fans are supposed to do, you’d remember that these two guys see each other as brothers, their families are each other’s family and they’ll stick up for the other endlessly.
I obviously don’t know Jensen and Jared but from what we’ve seen over the years, I know Jensen would not waste his time on anyone who disrespects Jared and in turn, Jared would never waste his time on anyone who disrespects Jensen. This goes for the rest of the cast as well.
Hate on social media has become an everyday thing, unfortunately. You voice your opinion and it doesn’t match up to someone else’s, you get hate. You say something hoping to inspire someone or help them through a tough time, you’re called corny or lame and you get hate. You post something about an actor or a musician you like, people who don’t like them will come out of the dark corners of the Internet and tell you why they hate them.
When it comes to celebrities on social media, they could simply post a picture or tell their fans what they’re up to that day and people will just spew their hatred, which most of the time has NOTHING to do with what that celebrity posted in the first place.
Why? It absolutely boggles my mind what these people get from this? It’s sickening and maybe I’ll never fully understand it because for some messed up reason it just continues to happen. Children, teens, grown adults are bullied especially through social media and the consequences are sometimes heartbreaking. And this happens way too much.
I felt like writing this post after I was scrolling through Twitter yesterday and saw Supernatural ‘fans’ (and I use that term very lightly for these people) comparing Jared’s Always Keep Fighting campaign with Jensen and Misha’s newly announced You Are Not Alone campaign.
Both were created to help people with mental health issues. Both. To help people.
But some ‘fans’ of Jared took it upon themselves to throw negativity at Jensen and Misha for You Are Not Alone and then ‘fans’ of Jensen and Misha decided to spew hate at Jared by acting as if Always Keep Fighting was nothing compared to the new campaign.
That’s not helping anyone, yourself included.
I’m all for sticking up for someone as their fan but this is not that. This is just hate. Stick up for someone when they actually need it, like if someone is bullied or when someone honestly needs your help. Showing your dislike of a certain actor on a show you watch by downplaying how they’re trying to help people struggling is just childish and petty.
Jensen, Jared and Misha, along with all of the other actors on Supernatural, are not their characters. Sure, maybe they can relate to certain aspects of the characters they play. But they are not Dean, Sam and Castiel. They’re people. And if you don’t like Dean or Sam or Cas, fine. You’re allowed to not like a character on a television show. But don’t take that hatred out on the actors. It’s unnecessary, pointless and not benefiting you even slightly.
So friendly PSA, just enjoy the things you like about Supernatural (and this goes for any TV show, movie, etc.) and toss the hate aside. Don’t let negative emotions transfer over to the actors. Don’t send hate to the fans of the actors you don’t like. It shouldn’t be that hard to be nice.
And everyone has their own negative thoughts about characters/shows/movies but unless someone is legitimately being negatively affected or hurt by an actor or anyone connected to those characters/shows/movies, keep it to yourself.
If you’re interested in learning more about Always Keep Fighting and what inspired Jared to start the campaign, check out this To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) blog post from last year here! And to learn more about You Are Not Alone and the #SPNFamily Crisis Support Network (which is also connected to TWLOHA), head to this link!
It’s never easy talking about anxiety or depression but no matter what it’s about, I want anyone reading this to know I’m here to talk to so you can find me here or over at @KristenP24 on Twitter.
Until next time, remember to always keep fighting and you are not alone. Enjoy Supernatural and avoid/stop the hate!