Wow. People Are Crap
As you know, I started doing the Sunshine website two years ago. My role was to be the eyes and ears of the film for the fans. I was on set every day writing about the filming process. When that was finished and it entered its long post-production stage, I continued to write on the site about all things ‘solar’. When the film was being released internationally (but not in the US and Canada) I wrote about that, collecting both print articles and tv spots from around the world to share with everyone. The whole process was fun and joyous. I LOVED it. At times it was really hard work – *you* try writing about one film for two years without talking about the plot, the actors or, really, anything to do with it at all! – but it was always a genuine joy.
Then it opened in the US.
Now, I’ve got nothing to do with the US release of the film whatsoever. I stopped updating the site shortly after the international release until I was hired to work on the international DVD release (August 27th in the UK, kids!)… but since the US release, the blog has been inundated with nasty and hate-filled comments, the like of which I have NEVER seen in the previous two years.
Many of the nasty comments are directed at Fox because the film wasn’t released in some tiny town in the sticks somewhere and the commenter is so angry that they decide to hurl abuse at my site. (My answer: move to a city) There are also a lot of comments aimed directly at me – mainly things about how ‘No one gives a shit about what you think. Fuck you! Shut up! And just tell us when the soundtrack is being released!!’
Whereas I used to be excited to check Sunshine’s comments and really enjoyed having conversations with people, I now genuinely dread it. I hardly approve any comments anymore and don’t even bother to answer people’s questions about the film.
I, of course, don’t expect everything to be ‘sweetness and light’ at all… but I have never expected the level of hostility I’m seeing in the comments. I mean, sure, I understand that there can be hostility when it’s something like arguing about religion or politics, but when it’s about a film not being released in their tiny town or about the soundtrack not being released (yet)??! Save your anger for something important…
Jesus. It makes one think that Americans really are well and truly whacked in the head. I never got anything like this from *any* of the other countries the film opened in…