Sure I’ll address it. First, if you want to catch up with what has happened up to this point you can go here. Which, from what I can tell, is pretty accurate, if not spot on. I seriously was confused jumping into tumblr last night. “What the heck was going on?.” Half the creative team just spent the entire day building something incredible and all of a sudden there was all this chaos. I was trying to track everything, not to stop it, not to get angry, but just to understand it all.
So far, I’m seeing this as one incident with two parts.
1. GigiDarcy (the tumblr account not the LBD character), wrote a post about an interpretation on Rachel Kiley (the writer of the Lydia arc) of what may be going on in her mind over the last few days. This post was a joke/bit/meant to be funny (as was said in the question).
2. MK and Ashley in the comments, responded by defending Rachel as comment notes because they didn’t appreciate the joke.
So yes as I agree it was a joke, but I don’t agree that MK and Ashley were browbeating GigiDarcy. I can understand how those notes could be interpreted as such, but this is my personal interpretation. If MK and Ashley really wanted to throw their weight around, leaving short comments as notes seems like a really ineffective way to do it. I saw this as Gigidarcy making a joke about Rachel followed by MK and Ashley responding with “that joke wasn’t funny” and “we don’t appreciate that joke”. It may be funny to everyone else, but it wasn’t funny to them. If you’re a blond, you don’t appreciate blond jokes. If you’re short, you don’t appreciate short jokes. If you and your family is polish, you probably don’t appreciate polish jokes.
Basically this whole thing just got blown out of proportions. I texted the team members to make sure that they were okay, and I wrote a personal note to GigiDarcy.tumblr last night to clarify that I wasn’t upset, to say how sorry I was for the amount of negative attention she may have been getting, and how I’ve appreciated how great of a fan she’s been for quite some time. She was in a seahorses hangout a few days ago that I was able to jump into and she seemed like a sweet and lovely person.
— This is the part where I talk about 4th wall breaking.
So finally, I’ll address the breaking of the 4th wall discussion that’s going on (not in the question, but I’ve seen it around the tags). This is summed up as, if you work on the show, you shouldn’t be in the fan discussions/tags/whatever.
I’ve never been part of a fandom, so this is new to me, so I may not know fandoms, but I know hollywood artists. I know that creators who are bigger stars/on bigger shows go on to the fan message boards. They may not be reblogging or interacting directly, but they’re there. I guarantee that they are. They’re there because they want to see what people are saying about their art. They may not see all of it, but they see a lot of it.
The Internet is a free and open place. Just as we (and you) have a channel to make art (or write posts/create content), you have the channel to comment, critique, praise, and discuss it. This then gives us the channel to respond to those, which then of course gives you the channel to respond back. It’s the cycle of communication.
— This is where I talk about how the creators of the show need to be here.
Regardless of any of that, I have to break the 4th wall and be here, and so do Alexandra, Jay, Rachel, and Margaret because the SHOW itself is a 4th wall breaking show. There is no way our show can interact and feel as immersive as it is without understanding how the fans are reacting to stuff.
So I’m not going anywhere. I like seeing the responses, I like seeing the analysis, and I like seeing the critiques.
- If you are saying how much you love the show, thank you; because it pushes us to make the show as best as we can to honor your praise.
- If you are analyzing the show to a deep level, thank you; because it pushes us to make show deep and subtextual so you can have more to analyze.
- And if you’re critiquing the show, thank you; because it challenges us to make the best adaptation of P&P that we possibly can.
I know that there is no way The LBD would at the level that it is without feedback from the fans. As some of you have stated how incredible our adaptation has been, I can say back to you all that it is as incredible seeing how you’ve responded to our hard work with (gifs, fan art, analysis, and everything). So thank you for being the best fans we could possibly have, you have literally made the show the best it can be.
It is an honor to create for you,