There are some interesting conversations happening in the Tom Hiddleston fandom right now. People are asking, when is it right to intrude into the personal time and space of a star, and when is it not? Questions like this have arisen before, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen them discussed with such vehemence and vitriol. This vitriol is a) appalling (the things I’ve seen people say are honestly shocking) but b) indicative that this conversation is one whose time has come. We’re clearly talking here about broader issues surrounding how stars and fans are produced by the Entertainment Industry and what fans can do to resist the constant pressures of consumer culture. This is an area of particular interest to me, so I figured I’d throw in my two cents.
So what are we to make of these conversations?