Facebook confrontation takes place after Stephen Amell’s controversial remarks to Larry King
The never-ending conflict between Olicity fans and those who blame the relationship for ruining Arrow altogether came to a head this weekend, as Stephen Amell took the opportunity to respond to criticism leveled at him by a fan.
Amell responded by saying the situation was “overblown” and driven by a vocal minority. Most fans still enjoy Arrow “the traditional way,” Amell said, by watching the show but not discussing it on social media.
The most controversial remark Amell made, though, was when he stated that different factions of fandom had formed and “if you’re going on the attack for fictional characters, you’re probably not real fans of the show.”
It was this remark that drove one fan to respond to Amell directly on his Facebook page. The user has since deleted his comment, but this is what it said:
“Amell with all due respect this is hypocritical and asinine at it’s best, I’ve watched Arrow since it’s pilot, watched countless reruns on Netflix and have defended the show when nobody or very few of the fans would, then you say the ONE thing that’s killed this show and that the ONE thing fans have hated since S3 we have to LIKE in order to be fans of the show? Or just to watch Arrow? Sorry Sir but you’re a f–king idiot.”
Amell actually took the time to reply directly to that remark, with a rather diplomatic response:
“I disagree. For starters, I wasn’t responding to the dislike of one particular thing on the show. I was discussing one platform and how anonymity makes people cyber brave. You don’t have to like or dislike any one thing to be a fan of the show. But some of the criticism and vitriol towards fictional characters and the actual people who play them is comically outsized. I do enjoy an apology though before being called a fucking idiot. And because you put your name on it… I give it serious consideration. Hope you can see my comments in the broader context Jacob.”
Regardless of which side of the argument you fall on, one thing that we can all agree is refreshing is the way that Amell takes the time to interact directly with fans on his Facebook page. It’s something he’s done for years, and regardless of whether or not he actually “gets” the argument being made here, it’s nice to see him respond.
Since the original comment was deleted, Amell posted another response last night addressing his fans in general:
The whole Olicity controversy is something we here at Arrowverse.tv have mostly steered clear of thus far. For one, our site is young and we haven’t had many opportunities to address it. Also, we strive for a professional journalistic feel here and explicitly inserting opinion into news articles is completely unwarranted (review articles are another matter, however).
With that said, no matter which side of the aisle you fall on, surely we can all agree that harassing actors who are simply paid to do a job and issuing death threats is a dangerous, immature game to play. And that’s not in reference to the fan above who addressed Stephen Amell; despite his colorful rhetoric, Jacob had a valid point and he made his voice known without resorting to violence or vitriol (well, perhaps a spoonful of vitriol).
Arrow is currently on summer hiatus, but news should heat up again after San Diego Comic Con in July when production on Season Five begins.