my last Post about the Toronto arrivals of Kevin McHale, Mark Salling, Heather Morris and Darren Criss have caused quite a stir among the most ardent of Gleeks and even some of the Cast members themselves.
Firstly, I thank you for taking the time to read and to have an opinion. Secondly, I want you to know it is never my intention to upset Readers or even the Talent themselves. If you're just visiting Mr. Will-W.:Pop Maven for the first time, you'll quickly understand through a quick look through previous entries that this is a Blog which tries to spread a positive energy and celebrate the Fan and Celebrity dynamic.
I have no reason to alter facts or make others' lives difficult. Neither do I claim to be foolproof in accuracy - I do however report what is observed and verify to the best of my ability. I have been a die-hard Gleek since its Pilot episode Spring 2009 and own every DVD and CD released thus far, plus having paid $500 for a Meet & Greet which apparently "entitles" Fans and myself either to meet one or two of the Cast members; I'm not even permitted to bring my Camera along also I'm told. I side with the Gleeks but simply cannot report much positive based on yesterday's observations and surely could find at least a dozen people to substantiate those observations.
I fail to see how being given false excuses one moment outside their Hotel and then later on seeing Criss and Salling make exceptions for a few Fans inside their Hotel isn't contradictory? Or in the least bit, dishonest? I totally get that Celebrities can't make time for everyone. That goes without saying.
My mode of thought is and always has been this - Fans, especially ones who spend a whole day camped-out hoping to meet their Idols, often want no more than a Photo with them or an Autograph as they may only see them once in their lifetime. A Fan will always remember being rejected and how little it makes them feel to be told "no", especially when they put in time and effort to be in their Idol's line of site. All it takes is a moment - regardless how many times an Idol is asked - to give a Fan an experience they'll remember. This is part of the deal with Fame. Consider also that Toronto has not yet been graced by the presence of the Cast in the City and we've been waiting patiently versus many other Cities in the U.S. which have hosted them on multiple occasions.
Regardless how you feel about my previous Post, I will have an amazing time at the Show tonight (UPDATE: click here to read the Review and see Pics/Video) I'm sure and felt it necessary to clarify where I'm coming from before you come at me with your guns. Check back for more later and please don't hate me for trying.
Your fellow Gleek,