Frustrating. This most recent discussion is pointless and frustrating. Every few months fandom gets itself in a tizzy over another fan’s proclamation that admiring RA’s physical assets is somehow dehumanizing or that seeing him in a sexual light takes away his human dignity. It sparks a war between the fans who feel that way and those who lust over him and ponder the size of his package (no, I don’t mean the one that just got delivered).
I believe everyone has a right to their opinion and should follow their conscious and can go ahead a blog about it until their fingers fall off if that makes them happy. I just wish opinions were expressed in a manner that does not put others down if they don’t agree with the blogger. Mutual respect. That being said, here’s my opinion. After reading this, I realized that I lean more towards objectification and that I’m OK with it. I’m not a huge movie person and not really impressed by acting ability or anything like that. I go more by my “gut” feel and RA makes my gut feel good (along with a few other parts). On the other hand, I appreciate Hiddles but that’s another discussion.
Rich has taken roles where he has allowed himself to be filmed just about naked. In my mind, someone who takes those roles should expect that some people will be titillated sexually seeing that. Being that RA took these roles, I have the suspicion that he doesn’t mind. In fact, someone who was as dorky as he was during his teen years probably gets off on the fact that men and women get off looking at him now.
Second, RA has never came out and said that he wishes his fans would stop making gifs, videos, blogs, photo manipulations, etc, especially those of a sexual nature. He never will. These kinds of things are good for business, they keep fans interested and buying. Acting is not a profession where looking good and being sexually attractive are considered a bad thing.
Third, Rich keeps a lot of things to himself. I’m sure this allows him to feel that he is keeping his dignity and sense of self. As has been brought out so many times on various blogs that it makes my head hurt thinking about it: we don’t know the real RA, we know what he wants us to. That being said, I don’t think we as fans can hurt him as long as we don’t invade his personal boundaries.
If you agree with me, fine. If you disagree with me that’s fine too. If you want to express your opinion, great. The more dialogue the better (I guess). Just please do it in a manner that gives those who disagree with you respect as well. If you can’t do that it may be best to keep your opinion to yourself because if you don’t I suspect many fans are at a point to be inclined to return the rudeness with a ….