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[Mar. 2nd, 2005|01:11 pm]
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I thought about writing an essay. I really did. But I detest Cowlip so much that all I can do is post a letter I sent off to them back in September.

 

Robert Greenblatt,

President of Entertainment

Showtime Networks, Inc.

 

 

Dear Mr. Greenblatt:

 

Never has there been a fandom of a television show that is so intransigent in their beliefs as the fans of Queer As Folk. Regardless of which character one roots for or the couple one wants together in the end, one’s belief is often defended vehemently once stated.

 

There is a certain amount of virulence brought by some of the more vocal fans that brings me to yet another problem regarding Queer As Folk that has made me question my commitment in seeing this show through to the bitter end. Often these coarse loud voices overpower the softer voices of fans that have a dissenting opinion. I fear the producers are only hearing the few loud voices and missing the greater number of softer voices. I am going to now make my soft voice a little bit louder.

 

Sadly, I have had a vast number of friends email me these past few weeks depressed about the show’s direction for Season 5 with plans to stop watching Queer As Folk altogether. They sense defeat in that this series will wrap up with Ben/Michael and Brian/Justin riding off into their respective sunsets. For some, it’s simply too ridiculous to believe the producers would allow such a cheap nonsensical cop-out ending but other fans don’t believe the producers seem to care about the quality of the show and thus will end it with Brian/Justin and Ben/Michael. Simply put, it is unfathomable that this show could possibly end that way after spending four years meticulously showing viewers the love story of Brian & Michael.

 

It is appalling that something that once brought fans so much pleasure is now a source of discontent. There was a large flare up of hope in the Brian & Michael fanbase when the Advocate Magazine posted several letters in support of “our” couple on both their website and in their magazine in response to the magazine’s July 6, 2004 cover story on the show. We Brian & Michael fans were absolutely delighted that someone was finally paying attention to the only consistently wonderful storyline on the show. Obviously the number one gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender magazine has made an incredibly sound statement over what couple they believe best represents the lone quality relationship on Queer As Folk.

 

Now, a lack of any faith has settled over a number of fans who firmly believe the producers will not do the right thing for the show when it ends this upcoming season, especially those who believe in the love story of Brian and Michael. More and more fans of Queer As Folk are being lost each week because the producers seem determined to end the show incorrectly.

 

Please do not misunderstand me. I used to love this show as there have been some wonderful moments on Queer As Folk and I admire that the producers have brought current issues in the gay community to the forefront. I still cling to the small belief that Queer As Folk can return to its former glory. Currently, though, I am saddened as a lot of value of Queer As Folk has been lost by haphazard non-continuity & over the top shock value that has taken over the show since the end of the first season. Furthermore, I am disheartened that friends of mine whom have been fans of the show since day one do not plan to watch this show next season or ever again simply because of the producers lack of regard for the love story of Brian & Michael.

 

The producers of Queer As Folk have created a lot of angry, bitter fans because of their callous disregard for the lone well-written storyline that has always been on this show. Queer As Folk began with the story of Brian & Michael as boys together & in love with each other and it should end with them as men together & in love with each other. Anything else will invalidate the core plot of the show and leave the viewers and Showtime Networks Inc. with a big meaningless gesture that was once a fantastic show revolving around the story between two best friends in love with one another that became an unrealistic poorly written and executed soap opera.

 

You still have a chance to save this show. Please don’t throw it away by ending it with the wrong couples. Only ending this show with Brian & Michael finally professing their love for each other and being together romantically will show the audience that you kept to the promise you made when you began their story 4 years ago.

 

 

Thank you.

 

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[User Picture]From: pluvial_poetry
2005-03-02 09:29 pm (UTC)
*lol* Well that works for me. Thank you for posting! :D
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[User Picture]From: bonobochick
2005-03-02 10:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, though others are perturbed by my opinion on the matter.
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[User Picture]From: skittles
2005-03-02 10:25 pm (UTC)
While this is a very well written letter I find most of what you said to be completely untrue.

I fear the producers are only hearing the few loud voices and missing the greater number of softer voices.

I've said it a million times before and I'll say it again. The producers don't listen to anyone's voice except their own and the writers. They are in charge of the show, not any of the fans. I think a lot of people need to learn that.

For some, it’s simply too ridiculous to believe the producers would allow such a cheap nonsensical cop-out ending but other fans don’t believe the producers seem to care about the quality of the show and thus will end it with Brian/Justin and Ben/Michael.

How is it a cop-out? The show has been leading up to an ending like this since it began. Especially since season 2 when Michael finally realized that his love for Brian would never be requited and that really, they were better off as friends (it's my belief that this happens in episode 215).

Obviously the number one gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender magazine has made an incredibly sound statement over what couple they believe best represents the lone quality relationship on Queer As Folk.

One magazine doesn't make a consensus. I think that the GLBT fans are just as divided over the shipping issue as the straight fans are.

More and more fans of Queer As Folk are being lost each week because the producers seem determined to end the show incorrectly.

Incorrectly in your eyes and the various other B/Mer's. I have a great deal of respect for B/Mer's and try not to get involved in the shipper wars. But telling the producers that they are ending a show incorrectly because it doesn't coincide with the way you want it is absolutely ridiculous. It's their show. They run it, they decide how to end it.

Queer As Folk began with the story of Brian & Michael as boys together & in love with each other and it should end with them as men together & in love with each other

When did the show ever say they were in love with each other at the beginning? Michael was infatuated with Brian, he probably thought he was in love with him, but it was an ideal from their childhood. An obsession. People say Ben and Michael aren't a healthy relationship, why would Michael's obsession be better?

Only ending this show with Brian & Michael finally professing their love for each other and being together romantically will show the audience that you kept to the promise you made when you began their story 4 years ago.

First off, I don't think the show ever promised that Brian and Michael would ever be together. I don't think the show promised anything except that it would be a little more daring than any other show that was out at the time. And they did that.

As for Brian and Michael professing their love to each other, the idea of Brian ever professing his love to anyone is ludicrous because it's not in his character at all. Four seasons of the show hasn't changed that. Yes, he has told Mikey that he loves him but it was a friendly, brotherly sort of love that will never change between them. Why would suddenly after 15 years of friendship would Brian look at Michael and say "I've known you for so long, I love you as a friend and brother, but hey let's get together romantically". It doesn't make any sense at all.

This is just my two cents on the whole thing, take it for whatever it's worth.
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[User Picture]From: bonobochick
2005-03-02 10:36 pm (UTC)
You're entitled to your opinion. Since it's an essay based on my perspective and my opinion, I am entitled to think what I want.



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[User Picture]From: mikeyface
2005-03-03 01:22 am (UTC)
That was AWESOME!! *applauds* :D And you sent that too?? GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That was so great :D
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[User Picture]From: bonobochick
2005-03-03 01:47 am (UTC)
Honey, I am so good, I was able to fax it!

=P
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[User Picture]From: citizenjess
2005-03-03 04:47 am (UTC)
Simply put, it is unfathomable that this show could possibly end that way after spending four years meticulously showing viewers the love story of Brian & Michael.

Switch "Michael" for "Justin" and you'll pretty much sum up canon for the past four seasons!
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[User Picture]From: skittles
2005-03-03 04:56 am (UTC)
Oh icon!
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[User Picture]From: mickfish
2005-03-03 04:57 am (UTC)
I adore you.
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[User Picture]From: bonobochick
2005-03-03 04:59 am (UTC)
Luv you too, sweetie!

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[User Picture]From: nytelover
2005-03-03 06:20 am (UTC)
Very well written. I myself could never write something so eloquent. I admire that you felt strongly enough to send it, I don't think I would have. I'm one of those people that believe they don't really care. They already have the show written out (and while they may make some changes as they shoot) and have already decided one way or the other.


Everyone has an opinion. I hope for a M/B ending, but I certainly don't expect it. I will, however, watch to see what happens. And if it goes the way I think it will - well, I just won't purchase the last season, and will live vicariously thru fanfic.
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[User Picture]From: nytelover
2005-03-03 07:10 am (UTC)
But I do agree the show started out one way, and then did a drastic about-face. And its a shame.
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[User Picture]From: jane2005
2005-03-03 05:07 pm (UTC)
FICTION. This show is fiction. Fiction is CREATED by the writers. The writer is not being faithful to a real person's life story or an historical situation, or any "true story" beyond the parameters of what is presented by the writers - yes, your opinion, but you've written this as if your "opinion" is fact. It isn't. And written to a real life person, not merely filtered bitching (which is easy enough to understand as "just opinion"). This letter actually comes across as completely misunderstanding the line between fiction and reality. It's kind of scary, actually. I can't imagine that most people who support B/M can support this approach. Whatever the writers come out with is the story. It is not "correct" or "incorrect." It's fiction.
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[User Picture]From: bonobochick
2005-03-03 05:18 pm (UTC)
I am quite aware of what is real and what is not, so your comments to my opinion voiced in this letter, while valid to you, changes nothing for me. Nor, I am sure, those who agreed with me.

Also, if you know at least 20 fans of Brian & Michael, you should quiz them and write your own essay about what they've told you they think regarding the show and post it. I'd be curious to read it.



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[User Picture]From: beloved4always
2005-03-03 05:39 pm (UTC)
bonobochick, you have my deepest thanks. If what we hear is even close to being true, then it's entirely possible that your incredible letter may have played a role. If that's the case, I and the entire B&J fandom thank you.
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[User Picture]From: bonobochick
2005-03-03 05:43 pm (UTC)
Please don't thank me, thank Cowlip as it's all about their stroke dreams.

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From: julissak01
2005-03-03 07:39 pm (UTC)
Very well written, hon. ::snogs::
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[User Picture]From: bonobochick
2005-03-03 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

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[User Picture]From: ben_fan_04
2005-03-08 10:04 pm (UTC)
Bravo and well written.

Even though I'm a reasonably new fan of QaF (got hooked halfway through season 3), I totally agree with what you've said!

Well done....

Megan
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[User Picture]From: bonobochick
2005-03-08 10:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: plumsuede
2005-03-15 10:12 pm (UTC)
First off, let me say that I really don't know why I'm writing this response, but I'm going to write it anyway. I'm a b/j 'shipper, and that makes me the devil to some, but that's not really my problem with this. My problem is that I while I completely respect the fact that you're entitled to your opinion, as is any 'shipper or any show at any time, it completely baffles me why you think that Greenblatt would care. Period. There was no promise made to QAF fans regarding any pairing. The only promise made was a portrayal of the lives of a group of gay characters and what their lives would be like for five years. I honestly think that, if anything, you hurt your "cause" with letters like this. To say that the producers of QAF have "created a lot of angry, bitter fans because of their callous disregard for the lone well-written storyline that has always been on this show" is to illustrate your fundamental misunderstanding of the fandom (or any fandom, for that matter) and the power of it.

I hope the PTB aren't influenced by your letter and other's like it because a poor attempt at a b/m resolution that isn't meant to be is a hundred times worse than letting Michael be happy with the man he married and the family he's created. I hope for Michael's sake, that your emotionality falls on deaf ears.

No disrespect intended. I honestly believe that's what Michael deserves--to be happy. And he is.
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[User Picture]From: pluvial_poetry
2005-03-16 12:21 am (UTC)
Sorry, but responses to this essay are being frozen because they've tended to get out of hand. And because I feel that the author has already sufficiently defended the letter in previous comments. She wrote this letter because she had an opinion to share. Mr. Greenblatt didn't have to care about or even read what she wrote. She just wanted to tell Showtime how she felt and it was her right as a fan to do so.

That's all I have to say. Thank you for participating in the community and for doing so in a respectful manner. :)

- Roxie (community mod.)
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[User Picture]From: rionne
2005-03-15 11:28 pm (UTC)

Agree 100%.

I love you.

:D
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