He looks fantastic, yet again. He seems to be having a great summer.
As for the fans, I think MagdaFR hit the nail on the head, tbh. I don't like that his fans are gatekeeping and how they seem to think they have the right to decide which questions are appropriate. I find it elitist to presume that he's tired of Sherlock or Doctor Strange questions, as though he's above those roles, particularly when he's made it clear he enjoys those roles as much as any other. Ha, I bet the thing he's actually tired of talking about is TPOTD since he did nothing but talk about it for 6 months straight! Whatever his fans want to ask is fine by me. Many only get one chance to see him in person, so why not take that opportunity to ask the actual question you want the answer to. He's working at these events and this is part of it. He's not judging your questions, so it's weird that other fans are.
I used to think it was pretty impressive that these "groupies"- for want of a better term- attend literally everything he does, but now I'm finding it a bit weird. They're gatekeeping the events in a way by taking up seats that other fans could have had (likely as their one and only shot at seeing him in person). I know fans of stars do this, and it's all normal, but it must feel odd for him after a while, wondering if they are having a parasocial relationship with him from these repeated interactions. Seeing that bag with his face on it must be unnerving, or at the very least cringey.
I'm also starting to find people asking for pics with Sophie a bit odd. She might feel bad, knowing these fans want to be pictured with her because of her husband and not her own accomplishments. It would be another matter if they attended her productions and asked for selfies there (like the fans in Argentina), but it's odd to do so when you're clearly at an event to see Benedict.
Maybe I'm overthinking it, lol. I joked that the day I see him, I'll probably declare my love and then faint but, in reality, I don't think I'd ever approach him if I saw him out and about in public (his private time). At a stage door, I'd praise the work and get an autograph, but I wouldn't bother Sophie if she were with him. I like what I know of her, really like her fashion/style, and I like what I see of them as a couple, but I haven't seen her work so I'm not going to pretend I'm a fan just so I can get a moment with Benedict's wife. *shrug*
Edit: I think I got all the typos. Sorry if I missed some
I don't like Marvel questions, neither! Nor Star Trek but I bet no one asked for Star Trek! Lol
Well that's something I might ask! I really think BC's Khan could be worthy of a sequel! After all he was put into a deep sleep (not killed) so there's at least the potential for his return in the storyline.
I actually think I would be more excited to see that, than a 5th season of Sherlock! At least I wouldn't have to see all the boring "Johnlockers" tweeting endlessly on Twitter! Lol!
"You're going into the water... short-arse!" - Sherlock
I have mixed feelings about those “groupies” who seem to follow him all over the world - part of me finds it creepy, but part of me wants to join them!
I joked that the day I see him, I'll probably declare my love and then faint
Yep, that was me! When he actually stood in front of me, my brain shut down completely. I was in such shock that this was happening, that “I love you!” is all I would have said if I had been able to speak. But I stood there like a statue and said NOTHING!
The next time, though, I will be brilliant and eloquent!
I'm not sure these "groupies" are gatekeepers. My understanding of "gatekeeping" is that this can only be done by someone who has control of the gates.
What power has this group got over others? None that I can see. They didn't stop anyone at the event from asking their questions.
To me these people are just expressing their opinion after the fact and they didn't like the questions about Sherlock. So what? They can't stop anyone from asking any question they want and I think they know that. So I don't see any "gatekeeping".
I also don't find anything creepy about the "BC event regulars". If it wasn't for them we'd hardly get any pics and stories of such events. I am actually kind of thankful that they take the time and spend their own money to do this. They aren't taking anything away from other fans because they don't have any special access that gives them an unfair advantage when tickets are sold to events.
I really enjoy any stories, pictures or information that ANY fan shares.
"You're going into the water... short-arse!" - Sherlock
I don’t think showing up wherever he performs is necessarily creepy, but acting all entitled is. This isn’t the first time they’ve criticized “ordinary” fans who they think make the “special” fans (them) look bad.
I know I’ve mentioned before that I had a run-in with one of them on Twitter when TPOTD came out. I blocked her because she kind of scared me with her Twitter attack on me. She had given away the end of the movie, and she had just tweeted it when I suggested she delete it because it would spoil the movie for those who hadn’t seen it yet. She could have ignored me, or she could have deleted her tweet, but instead she came after me. She said I shouldn’t be reading tweets about the movie if I hadn’t seen it. I told her that I had seen it, but I was thinking of everyone else. Then I guess she checked and saw that I was following her, so she came back to tell me off once more, pointing out that I only had whatever number of followers, so what did I know! I didn’t reply anymore after that, but still she came back with another nasty tweet with the endings of a bunch of famous movies that had a twist at the end. I unfollowed and blocked her after that. It was truly creepy. And even worse? Many of her followers (those entitled groupies) either “liked” each of her nasty tweets to me, or used the laughing emoji. But I’m happy to say that she never tweeted another thing about TPOTD.
roverpup I agree with you that without these fans, the rest of us would have less content. I don't know what exactly has changed for me. I used to love their loyalty, but something about them criticizing other fans is putting me off. It gives off the vibe that they feel they are the only deserving fans, somehow. Maybe I'm misreading the tone, though. I'm quite torn because I'm grateful for them but they're also bothering me in some ways that I can't quite brush aside. I do feel like they're trying to gatekeep just by judging other fans' questions as being trite. Who are they to determine which questions are good enough? Surely it's up to Benedict to decide that, no? It can't feel good for others who attended the event- and will be scrolling the tag today- to see that they're being criticized over their choice of question. It's not a nice thing to do. Edit to add that I never said they were creepy. I don't find them creepy but I do find some of the things they do weird. There is a big difference, to me anyway.
mllemass I'm really sorry that person on twitter fixated on you and then weaponized her followers against you. It's the ugly side of social media. You didn't deserve that when you were only being considerate of those who hadn't seen the movie yet.
Edit: Also, just thinking about it some more and I probably would have asked a question that wasn't good enough. I think I would have asked about his Bear Grylls appearance and what he took away from it that he'll apply to his daily life. No doubt that would have been deemed too pedestrian, lol.
I’m not sure they’re gatekeeping, either, and yes, fans have a right to ask any question they like, but Sherlock? Really? Even I groaned when I heard it was the first question asked. There are a million other things someone could ask him but sometimes the fixation on Sherlock is a bit much. It’s been, what, 6 years since the show “ended.” (Quotes for you, Mllemass. 😉) And look what all he’s done in the meantime, and all the great, juicy stuff coming up over the next year. He is much, much more than his Sherlock character (even if that portrayal was divine). Also, I don’t think the super fans were angry about it. It’s just a bit cringy. Or, maybe I missed some of the convo. 🤷🏻♀️
Sherlock is not over until they give him a Bafta! He cannot be the only person associated with that show who has been nominated but never won! That probably won’t happen until he wins his Oscar, but I can wait.