Yeah, I know. I need to avoid comment threads (and Tumblr, and IMDB, and basically every uncivilized, grammatically dubious fan forum out there). Because this is another bitch about unfanly fans.
I have no idea how many times I’ve scrolled down a SPN comment thread to see something to the effect of ‘this show has gone on way too long to be any good’. In fact I believe there was a recent Twitter uproar when some fuckwad said that ‘if Padalecki hung himself, we at least might not get any more seasons of Supernatural’. Which I’m not even going to respond to.
Now, I’m all for freedom of opinion. My problem lies with the people who are dead set on the ideas that a) any show running to ten seasons is ‘too long’ and should be burned for witchcraft, and b) the people who insist that, because said idea is clearly a universal rule, THEY are right. These are the people who tend to get pissy at the very idea that other people think different things to them.
Newsflash: this isn’t North Korea. Opinions are legal. I’m sure that many are the beings who dream of an Earth inhabited only by genetic clones of themselves, where everyone thinks, speaks and defecates in unconscionable unison. Unfortunately these people will always exist, but they tend to be whiney and easily ignorable; they are only really dangerous when they rise to power.
If so ignorable, why am I writing this? Easy: I’m an irritated sixteen-year-old with snide tendencies. But this is also a warning.
Don’t become one of those people. It’s surprisingly easy; I’ve watched it happen to people I’ve known and liked. You are allowed your opinions, whether on Supernatural Season Seventeen or Michael Gove, and you’re allowed to argue those opinions. Of course there are limits- which is where so-called opinions become actually harmful to others- but that’s generally referred to under misogyny, racism, homophobia, so on and so forth.
But this is a TV show we’re dealing with. Anything, short of insulting the lead on Twitter, goes. If you think it should have ended at Season Five? Turn the TV off and go read a goddamn book if it bothers you that much. Just don’t tell other people that they’re wrong for having a different opinion. Arguing’s fine, but there’s a difference between that and laying down the law.