When I was much younger, starting at the age of 13, I was really into X-files. For years that show meant everything to me. It was my religion and reason to live from week to week. I had a terrible home life, was bullied at school and abused at home. The only escape I had was a fictional universe that I could fantasize about in my head. X-Files created long lasting relationships and friendships that started in my teen years and I still have today. Some people I met in the fandom back then are still good friends of mine over a decade later (and I mean in real life, more than just online relationships). The show was far more than just a show to me, it was a community. A place to be accepted and to share the love of a great show with great characters.
Fastforward to now. For years and years the fandom has been wanting more and more. Another movie or some sort of revival. There was a movie a few years ago, which kind of fell flat with a lot of the fans. Some of them loved it, some of them hated it, but it was definitely something new. Now, as of 2015, there has been an announcement that six new episodes have been ordered. I suppose I should be excited about this but then I realized something pretty daunting. Gillian Anderson has gone from "kind of okay feminist" to "in your face man hating" feminist. I guess I can't blame her, after two failed marriages she can't be very happy with men. She's also has always been somewhat feminist (which I never minded) until she started to say really horrible shit. It's like she went from feminist to radical femnist overnight. At least overnight for me because I had long stopped paying attention to her as X-Files ended long ago and there was no "new" information about her that I cared to know.
In 2013 she joined the cast of Hannibal, which excited me because I think she's a brilliant actress, and despite her new and awful political views I am not going to stop thinking she's a brilliant actress. How she is as a person doesn't change her level of talent. Luckily the characters she plays are fictional and aren't overly radical feminist. At least not as of now. With her new stance on feminism and her influence over X-Files and how it may be written I'm not very sure of what will happen to the character of Dana Scully. Even considered not watching the revival so in that way the character can't be ruined if for some reason drastic changes to her occur. I am a huge admirer of Dana Scully, even have Scully's snake tattoo on my back.
Yet with all the things she's been saying lately, I'm pretty much disgusted with how she personally is. Normally it wouldn't matter but someone with her level of power over how shows can be written could mean the end to the Dana Scully I used to actually admire. The one that faced adversity but didn't constantly complain about it. The one who didn't whine because Mulder took up too much space on a plane. The one who didn't need to constantly remind people that misogyny is everywhere, all men are rapists, and objectification is the most horrible thing ever. Though in the original run of the show, Scully did have her moments of "feminism" they were all appropriate to the storyline and made a good point. The problem with this is, her new radfem fanclub has made Dana Scully an honorary feminist icon when Scully was never really THAT feminist she was just a logical, intelligent, strong woman. As we all know feminism and logic don't mix and that's exactly why Scully wouldn't have been a feminist because she's smart and feminists are generally ignorant, weak people.
It seems you can't even find solace with her fans any more, it's as if they've all become radical feminist, overly creepy, or both. The other day while pointing out that I was disappointed with how she's become I was attacked by several of her cult fans with terrible things to say to me all because I had an opinion on Gillian Anderson. Fans with biographys on their twitter page like this:
So far I've been attacked by about 7 or 8 of them, which I promptly block, but ALL of them seem to have this in common, and Gillian with her dumb feminists statements is only riling them up more. They seem to think that she needs some sort of rabid defense when she already has stated that she won't even be getting on twitter that someone will be running it for her most of the time (unless otherwise stated). With as obsessed as her fans are, they seem to have missed that this is something she's said so they spend their time sending her tweets and tweeting about her hoping to get noticed by her I suppose. Even more sad, most of these girls are young. Mid-teens to college age (none older) all in the business of threatening people who insult their precious feminist hero:
They seem to have no concept of their behavior and they think it's completely okay to act this way because Gillian is constantly out there and in everyone's face about how feminist she is now (and how much she doesn't care about men) training these young girls to act like horrible fucking nightmarish brats.
This girl pictured above, blocked me, but kept sending me tweets then insisted that when I responded to her I was harassing her. Why in the world would you block someone and keep trying to talk to them? Apparently to bait them into looking like they are harassing you. Gillian's fans (at least on social media) have become vile, vicious, manhating feminists. Either because they are idiots who have no self identity and have to glom onto any pretty face that tells them what to do, or because websites like tumblr have trained them to hate men and Gillian is merely just confirming that it's okay to do with her brash and horrible statements.
A show I once used to love and a person I deeply admired has been tarnished and trashed in the name of feminism. I know there are still "good" Gillian fans out there. My frends that I met years ago through X-Files fandom stuff don't behave this way. They aren't into feminism, they aren't SJWs, they are intelligent and thoughtful people. Actual independent strong women, not women who spend 24 hours a day online declaring new sexalities based around celebrities who identify as feminists.
Maybe I'm just too old or longing for the days before the internet was an echo-chamber for a bunch of stupid people, but I honestly don't remember the fandom behaving this way and I really don't remember Gillian making statements akin to what radical feminists say. I suppose this would be more heartbreaking if I actually still held a deep admiration for her, but as my opinions and ideas have changed so have my role models. The actress I admire now would never say anything about hating men and I certainly have never heard her use the words "sexism" or "misogyny" to describe problems in the acting industry. Luckily there are still actresses out there who understand that feminism is bad and there is a reason not to be a feminist. Those are the women to admire. The actual strong ones, the independent and intellegent thinkers. Gillian herself would have never said she was a "smart" woman and it's never been more apparent than now with all her feminism mumbo jumbo. People change and I shouldn't really be all that surprised by that. I guess I was just hoping she would be smarter than to jump on the misandrist bandwagon. Maybe one day she'll wake up and see how shitty her fans are in the name of feminism and change her mind. Until that day, though, there's no way I can have one ounce of respect for her. Not any more.