Dear Sera Gamble and everyone else involved with the writing process of Supernatural, in particular Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin:
Dear Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Hollywood:
Meet Jane. She’s a white USAian, late thirties, cisgender, lesbian, with a master’s degree. She writes fanfiction about fictional characters. In Jane’s case, it’s mostly Sam Winchester/Dean Winchester. This does not make Jane one of the people who calls Genevieve Cortese Padalecki insulting names on the Internet.
Meet Bree. She’s a mixed-race USAian, early twenties, cisgender, bisexual, in college. She writes fanfiction about fictional characters. In Bree’s case, it’s mostly Dean Winchester/Castiel. This does not make Bree one of the people who harasses Danneel Harris Ackles on Twitter.
Meet Claudia. She’s a black Brit, late forties, cisgender, lesbian, college-educated. She writes fanfiction about fictional characters. In Claudia’s case, it’s about assorted characters from assorted canons, and entirely without pairings and porn. Claudia has never sent items of a personal nature to the Supernatural actors or their families.
Meet Alena. She’s a white German, early forties, cisgender, straight, college-educated. She writes fanfiction about nominally real people. In Alena’s case, it’s mostly Jared Padalecki/Jensen Ackles. I can see how you might get confused with Alena, because the canon she’s using as a basis for her fanfiction is real people’s lives, but RPF is on firmer legal ground than FPF so suck it up. Alena has never met the Supernatural actors except at cons, where she certainly did not physically assault them.
Meet Joanie. She’s a white USAian, genderqueer, bisexual. She’s polyfannish, but what she keeps coming back to is Supernatural and CWRPF. Het, thank you very much, and canon het at that: Sam Winchester/Jessica Moore, Dean Winchester/original female characters, Jared Padalecki/Genevieve Cortese Padalecki, Jensen Ackles/Danneel Harris Ackles. I can again see where you get the creep vibe off Joanie, but Joanie is not someone who stalks Supernatural actors or their spouses.
Meet Miriam. She’s a cisgender asexual Jewish USAian, late twenties, with an associate’s degree. She’s that rare bird, a femslash writer. Jessica Moore/Jo Harvelle, Danneel Harris/Adrianne Palicki, you name it she’s probably written it. Know what this doesn’t make her? Someone who might commit rape.
Meet Becky Rosen. Judging by her appearances onscreen, she’s straight, cisgender, USAian, late twenties, possibly Jewish, possibly with some college education. She has stalked, drugged, and entrapped the object of her fannish affection. He’s lucky she didn’t rape him.
Becky Rosen is the only Western-media example of a fanficcer that I or anyone I know can think of. Certainly the only known Western-media example of a slash fan.
Is that really how you see us? Not as Jane, Bree, Claudia, Alena, Joanie, or Miriam, but as Becky? The people most dedicated to your work are creepy stalkers? The people who make a point of buying from companies that advertise during Supernatural are potential rapists? The people most dedicated to supporting Supernatural and shows like it are the people you least want watching?
This isn’t right. We, your passionate fans, are by and large Jane or Bree or Claudia or Alena or Joanie or Miriam, not Becky. Please introduce characters who reflect this.
Yes, yes, I know, Demian and Barnes. The trouble is, they’re LARPers, not fanficcers, and they’re male. You’re interested in male fans, because male fans have money. Well, here’s news for you: female fans have money too, and dedicated female fans outnumber dedicated male fans no matter how you slice it.
I’ve seen several women, formerly dedicated fans of Supernatural, say they’re done with the show after “Season Seven: Time for a Wedding”. Your depiction of dedicated female fans is driving away the viewers you most want to keep.
Stop it. Do right by your viewership. Introduce female fans, fanficcers, slash fans, who aren’t portrayed as creepy stalkers or potential rapists or otherwise people you don’t want anywhere near your show. Introduce Jane or Bree or Claudia or Alena or Joanie or Miriam. Don’t bring back Becky.
An average fan named Elizabeth, and assorted average fans who comment to sign this letter
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