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I know this is not strictly speaking a Summer Glau-related article, and I tend to have a policy against posting un-related material, but sometimes rules deserve to be broken.

The following article was written by American actor Will Wheaton (some may know him from Star Trek, Eureka, Big Bang Theory, or a plethora of other things), after his time spent at Comic Con this year. I have been to some convention, I have seen footage taken at others… I can understand where Wheaton is coming from with this.

If you’re a fan, if you’re a convention goer, or consider going to one, please take a moment to read this article…

Thank you,
Cristelle

 



Auteur : Cristelle 29.07.2013 (7) Commentaires

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By Matt M.
Jul 30, 2013

I can’t help but to feel bad for Wil Wheaton after what he had to put up with. I am fully aware that almost every fan base in existence has a number of fans who are rabid/crazy and I completely understand that celebrities like Mr. Wheaton can’t control everybody that’s a fan of theirs. But he did the right thing in taking a stand and letting those types of fans know what they’re doing is wrong. He may not be successful at sobering up all of the fans who are rabid/crazy, but I’m sure he’ll get through to some of them.
Being aware of stuff like that happening, I feel that it is important that when meeting a celebrity, I make it a pleasant experience for him or her as well as for myself.

By Mart
Jul 30, 2013

Well the way I see it is this, if they are out with someone don’t bother them and if they are alone don’t stalk then ambush them. Sure a simple “hi” will do, if you absolutely have to get a picture ask them nicely and don’t force it. I guess some people don’t realise when they cross the line, just don’t forget to use manners and respect their space.

By Cegorach
Jul 31, 2013

I’ve participated in some conventions when I was younger essentially helping with organisation to get a ticket for free. Yes, it can be a nightmare.

Frankly I see it as a form of exchange, a way to repay an artists for what he/she has done by acting as respectful as possible, avoiding causing any discomfort in any form and generally doing something memorable, but in a good sense.

But there are always THOSE guys, you know who… some people will never grow up…

By Randy
Jul 31, 2013

Interesting article by Wheaton. I have met few celebrities and each time I did meet a celebrity it was at a function where he or she expected interaction with others and to sign autographs or have photos taken.
I have wondered how celebrities keep grounded as people, given that other people are star struck around them. Take Summer as an example. Even though she was a ballet performer at a very young age, she wasn’t a “celebrity” then. I doubt that her family and friends were awe struck when they saw her then. How does someone successfully adjust from being “normal,” for lack of a better word, to being a “celebrity” about whom others have unrealistic expectations?

By formytots0128
Aug 2, 2013

Thanks Cristelle for posting this good article on Will Wheaton. It also contained good responses from his readers.

Sorry to hear that he had a bad experience with some of his fans who felt entitled to his autograph. I do hope that this incident does not taint the image of comic con fans since this event could have happened anywhere and not just at convention. There are proper channels to get autographs from celebrities. Summer has always been good to her fans to sign autographs through the mail or during comic con conventions. She has the right to refuse when fans get out of hand and if they do, perhaps they are not real fans after all. Real fans do their best to help promote the career of their favorite actors. :)

By kevininengland
Aug 3, 2013

Here’s something that happened to me a long time ago. (Perhaps none of you have heard of Frank Finlay? He played in the popular series Casanova, as Casanova) I was out with my wife & baby walking through a back street in London. All of a sudden I saw Frank Finlay. I looked at him rather surprised. I must admit I had no intention of saying anything but he must have thought I was going to shout to my wife “LOOK. THERE’S FRANK FINLAY”.
He looked really worried or inconvenienced or annoyed that he might have to take evasive action or something like that.
Realising his plight, I turned and kept walking, catching up with my wife.

What I am saying is, if the mere fact that he saw I recognised him worried him that I might suddenly jump up and down, then I’m pretty sure many actors/actresses must have the same problem. Especially considering that he was older then me and probably encountered fans for 22 years. Surprisingly enough, he worked until 2008.
(He had been performing on stage in a London theatre when I saw him).

By cameron halvorsen
Aug 9, 2013

Totally agree with Wheaton.
How hard is it really to show some human decency?
I’m pretty sure even most of these crazy people treat their friends and family with respect and good old common courtesy, don’t your celebrity deserve as much too? You see, I’m also pretty sure they’re just people too.
Words of wisdom for the day; Think with your head, not your ass.

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