I have just returned from one of my “famous” LA trips and the actions of some people I encountered on this trip have inspired this little soapbox rant
As a dedicated fan (of actors, singers, artists, etc.) it really pisses me off when another (so called) fan behaves in a way that is both rude and ridiculous. The behavior can be summed up in one word…entitled. A true fan should not behave as though the actor/actress, singer, etc, owes them something; anything for that matter. Some might say this is easy for me to say since I have had the opportunity to meet several celebrities. I do not think that is the case. I have had my fair share of “failed” attempts at meeting someone. There have been several 10 hour round trip car rides (& 100’s of dollars spent) that have not resulted in my successful achievement of whatever that trip’s goal may have been.
I just spent 2 days in LA with a goal in mind of seeing the filming of one of my favorite shows and hoping that I might get to see one of my favorite actors and possibly get a photo. That was MY goal. Even though I drove 5 hours and I stood, or sat, outside the wall of the location they were filming at for 2 days (1 1/2, technically) neither of these 2 goals of mine happened. Was I disappointed? Sure. Was I mad? No. What was there to be mad about? Nothing. Who would I be mad at? Nobody. I spent the better part of 2 days hanging out with one of my best friends, made some new ones and generally had a good time. The extras walked back and forth past us as their holding area was outside the wall and down the hill a bit as was their food area (aka craft services). This allowed us to people watch and speculate as to what roles they were playing. The security crew was awesome! They did not have to let us hang around the way we did but they allowed it because we were respectful of their rules and did not cause any trouble. They chatted us up, took pictures with us and when I left was grabbed into a hug and wished a safe trip home. The filming crew was awesome too! One member sent out a case of ice cold waters knowing we were sitting out there in the 90+ degree weather (Thanks again, Joaquin!). Another member invited us all to get lunch from their catering after the cast and crew had gone through. I ask again, what was there to be mad about?
At the end of the first day, when filming had wrapped, there were 9 of us still hanging about hoping that the principle actor would make an appearance before leaving the premises. They had all been at it for 13+ hours and it was getting late (I, personally, had been there for 9 of those hours). I had made other plans for the evening and decided to leave. Later I heard from my girlfriend that the actor came through in the vehicle that transports him and he did not stop but waved as they drove him through. It was said the next day that he told his assistant that there were too many and that many of them were “regulars”. This could very well be true. If I had just put in that long of a day at work and wanted to get home, I probably wouldn’t stop to chat with someone I most likely ran into the week before at another location.
The next day, only my friend and I were hanging about the set for several hours before a couple of other fans showed up. One that had been there the day before and a couple that had not. On this day, they had moved everything, holding and craft services, to be within the confines of the wall. This meant no people watching, no lunch invitations, etc. This made the day a bit dull. However, there was a lucky fan that got to spend the day on the set. She, and one of the curators of this particular property, kept coming by to check on us. They brought us water, news of what was happening on the set and even brought us call sheets. Very sweet gestures!
Since I had a 5 hour drive home and had to be at work the next day, I had to leave even earlier than the day before. Leaving my girlfriend behind I headed out. When I got home I found out that she had left shortly after. However, one of the girls that was still there, and her girlfriend, stuck around in the hopes they would get to meet the elusive actor. Apparently, this did not happen. Cue same scenario from the night before where his vehicle did not stop as it left the premises. Now, cue the entitled behavior. Both girls took to Twitter (social media site) and started bashing the actor. Called him names, tagged him in a message with the song “Rude” attached. Yes, I am sure this will change his mind about stopping after a long hard day at WORK so that a spoiled rotten “fan” can get what they feel they are entitled to.
One more note: Yes, these people are in the entertainment business but that means that the job that they do is for entertainment, not to entertain us personally on our terms. They are humans with a job to do. They get tired, they need to sleep, eat & wind down before starting all over again the next day. It is unfortunate that the entitled behavior exhibited by these individuals gives the rest of us a bad reputation and prevents other fans from the possibility of meeting someone they admire.