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.
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.