Anonymous said: "but she said it's time for all those "Cumberb*tches" — the name used by his huge base of female followers — to move on." thoughts?
Normally I don’t post about or comment on anything regarding BC’s personal life, but I would like to this time.
For context click here. Apparently(!) quote from Rebecca Eaton about Benedict’s personal life. (please keep in mind(!) that it is not presented as a direct quote in the article and was possibly worded differently in reality, but there is no way to verify that atm, so I will work with what I got)
to answer your question:
insulting. unnecessary. ignorant. unappreciative.
those are the words that come to mind.
- Showing up at red carpets/events in support (creating a bigger event - giving it bigger attention in the media) —> Tiff13 (x)
- voting in online polls - making “that odd looking British fella” win and talked about on various platforms —> “Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch beats Obama in Time 100 Online Poll.” (x)
- getting things trending on twitter - breaking records —> “The Sherlock series three final was the most tweeted about single episode of a drama series ever, while the season as a whole racked up almost 1 million tweets.” (x)
- "Benedict Cumberbatch was the most re-blogged actor in 2013 on tumblr!" (x)
- taking pictures at events or filming locations - posting them online - creating exposure and interest for the event/film/actor that has not necessarily been there before
- getting the word out online, with campaigns, etc (free of charge) —> “In honor of John Watson’s unwavering loyalty to his departed friend, #BelieveinSherlock has begun. In barely two weeks, this fan-created viral campaign has spread all over the world.” (x)
- donating to projects —> "Little Favour raised £86,240 through crowdfunding in 12 days, outstripping the original target of £25,000." (x)
- donating massively to charity —> “Cumberfans from all around the globe donated money in Cumberbatch’s name, with the total raised entirely exceeding expectations. So far over £7,300 has been pledged, with the amount still rising.” (over £10,000 in the end) (x) — “Last year we raised £15,000 for Myeloma UK.” (x) — “‘Benedict Cumberbatch, who is an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust has so far raised an astonishing £23,778 from fans around the world and friends for The Prince’s Trust for this year’s event.” (x)
- "who are you here for?" "Benedict Cumberbatch" "Who is that?" "got 3 hours?" …. "Wow .. I need to check out his work."
- buying tickets for events (not for free) which normally would not sell out within a day - therefore creating momentum online (for free) —> "The actor’s appearance is thought to have sparked the second quickest ticket sellout in the festival’s history." (x)
- buying all. the. DVDs - breaking pre-order records —> "The popular BBC drama broke the record for the most customer pre-orders for a program yet to finish broadcasting." (x)
- recommending his films/ series/ documentaries/ radio shows/ audiobooks/ associated projects to … everyone
- buying /obtaining all magazines where he is on the cover —> high life magazine disappearing from flights: “We are thrilled with the response so far. We always strive to create the best-in-class content and Benedict Cumberbatch is quickly proving the most popular cover star we have ever had in our 41-year history.” (x)
- breaking some more records —> Cabin Pressure: “They had already broken a record – for the most ever ticket requests for a single Radio 4 comedy recording ever with 22,854 applications.” (x)
- buying theatre tickets AND a theatre membership - causing a big increase in earnings for certain events —> “If you’re prepared to stump up £100, to become a “red member” of the Barbican, you could put yourself at the front of the queue by more than a week.” (x)
- going to see Frankenstein again and again , therefore supporting the National Theatre —> “National Theatre Live’s thrilling broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas for a limited time, due to unprecedented audience demand.” (x)
- buying and reading classics and therefore forming a better understanding of culture, literature, zeitgeist, etc —> "That year, sales of Sherlock Holmes books increased by 53 per cent – from around 57,000 copies to 88,000 – compared with 2009. 2011 saw a further increase." (x)
- writing fiction (be it RPF or not), therefore creating a creative outlet and improving people’s English writing, reading and comprehension skills —> currently 61,712 Sherlock works on AO3 (x) (not including RPF and other platforms for fan fiction)
- finding something to communicate about with strangers - creating bonds that last a lifetime, getting together in communities online or at conventions, organising Sherlock -meetups, etc
- being inspired to act, to write, to draw, to work photoshop & video editing, to read (more), to think critically, to improve research skills, to improve one’s English skills … and in some cases: to have a reason to get out of bed in the morning or to smile…
…. all THAT would STOP if “all those “Cumberbitches” moved on”… and I don’t think that is in anyone’s best interest!
Because I SERIOUSLY hope it wasn’t implied that every single fan thinks they >realistically< have a shot with the fella and are only here for that one reason.