Are fans driving the creative process instead of creators?
The Vodka O’Clock episode scheduled for Monday got me thinking. My guest, Eric Ruben, shared his thoughts on fans dictating a creator’s vision.

I’ll stop here and point out that Eric is a successful middle-aged white man living in New York. Maybe he sees things differently than most of my Twitter feed. The differences are why I love talking to people whether it’s gender issues, comics, or kink culture controversies.

When you listen to the episode, I’d love to have your comments about it. Do you think fans are entitled to dictate vision?

I’ve tackled this subject a few times for different reasons. I’ve probably waffled back and forth on my own stance:

Lady Ghostbusters:

Crowdfunding Campaigns You Disagree With:

Whether Female Characters Can Evolve From Male Gaze Roots:

Cultural Appropriation vs. Reclaiming vs. Parody:

On the one hand, I’m a fan and when I see things that are culturally offensive in a product, I want to say something. There’s a hope that if the right people speak up - or enough people - that a creator or business can correct their course. This month we’ve seen Target and Disney shift their focus off of gender for kids’ products. We’ve seen commercials with gay & lesbian loving couples with kids. We’ve seen more disabled actors and models used on the screen and catwalks. As a fan, I love when openness and acceptance are gained.

As a creator, well — I can see Eric’s point that no one belongs interfering with someone else’s vision. Yet, as a creator, I want people to correct me politely if I’ve fucked up. My last two stories have been about women of color and I am terrified that I didn’t get their voices or experiences correct. The thing with being a virtual nobody is that I haven’t gotten any feedback. Unlike author Chuck Wendig whose newest STAR WARS novel is still on the bestsellers list and he’s still being threatened for ruining the property with LGBTQIA characters. Obscurity has its advantage sometimes.

Trust me, I have no love for Amanda Palmer who is a wealthy woman constantly begging for money and then writing a bestselling book about how successful she is at begging for money when I know tons of creative people who are in financial jeopardy. But, it’s her right to follow through with her art however she wants.

So, when the show comes out on Monday, share your thoughts if you’re comfortable doing so, about fan-driven progress and creator vision.


Amber (& Caico)

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