Quinto goes in for some Cumberbatch.
Since there is so much back and forth, I feel that people need to have this video to get the context of what happened.
I’m really upset about this. My response to the girl’s question was of exasperation which you can hear (I say “Aye Dios Mio.”) She DOES start asking about the subtext in the show. When I heard the crowd collectively booing though, I got really uncomfortable with my own response and also theirs. When I heard Jensen’s response, I was stunned into silence and didn’t record, take pics, or really even hear the questions for a bit.
You cannot see this in the video, but I was on the side the girl was on, very close. As soon as everyone starts booing, Clif, who was standing right near her, goes up to her and began having a conversation with her. She stood to the side for a bit after she stepped away from the mic (which was right after she said “I meant no disrespect”) and I thought perhaps Clif had heard all of her question and was going to let her ask or she was going to ask a new question, but after a bit she walked away.
On the way out of the panel, my friend said she saw the girl in the ballroom, wiping at her face. I didn’t see her myself, but I don’t think you need to be a genius to guess she was upset.
What happened was not okay. Jensen needs a better response. Fandom needs a better response. We need to safeguard against this, either through screening questions or the actor being a bit more adult about it and owning up by saying “that’s not how I intended to play it, but you’re welcome to your interpretation.” These types of questions are not going away; we need to learn how to interact with them like adults. All of us. Myself included.
Or how about people stop asking those kinds of questions? We have literally gotten the only answers we’re gonna get out of the actors and plus, those types of questions are not for the actors. They should be directed at the writers, if even asked at all. I am sick and TIRED of this stupid shipping questions and I don’t blame Jensen for his reaction whatsoever.
I don’t like the idea of not asking questions because they make people uncomfortable.
They are actors. They are actors who, supposedly, have crafted a character beyond the lines that writers wrote for their characters to say, and beyond where the directors tell them to stand. Isn’t this what actors do? Build up a character? Or do they just go on set and parrot lines?
I honestly cannot understand how these things even happen. How are they not monitoring what people ask if they are going to be picky about answering only what does not make them uncomfortable? They just give the crowd a microphone and hope they will ask the questions they do not feel uncomfortable answering? I mean it is not like the question was unexpected.
I mean if I go there and, idk, ask them to dance the macarena while we throw melted chocolate at them, will they not be uncomfortable? The fact that the answer to that is possibly “yeah, they’d like that!” while a question about a character’s sexuality is “uncomfortable” for an actor to talk about, so much so that THAT is the only answer he has (he can ALWAYS remind people that what a character does or say is not, actually, for the actor to say, and deflect the question to the writers. He can say what was proposed above) is what makes people think these handsome guys are there only because they are hot and have no acting qualities whatsoever. Or worse, that acting is not even a serious job.
I am yet to see an actor addressing a character’s sexuality with maturity and without ignoring that queerbaiting IS a thing and owning that they play with it to make people watch their shows.