Quotes: Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things

"George RR Martin is not your bitch."
Neil Gaiman admonishes impatient ASoIaF fans

"One day I was met by a delegation of Trekkies at my front door and when I asked them what they were doing here, they reminded me I had said to them 'I hope to see you again someday soon'. They only understood what I meant after I ran to get my shotgun. Unfortunately, they were gone by the time I locked and loaded."

"There is nothing original or funny or cool about throwing a pizza on this ladyís roof. Itís just not funny, itís been done before. You are not the first. We love our fans; I donít love those fans. I donít even consider them fans, I consider them jagoffs."
Vince Gilligan on the New Mexico pizza roof house

im done. FEZ II is canceled. goodbye. [1]
to be clear, im not cancelling FEZ II because some boorish fuck said something stupid, im doing it to get out of games. [2]
and im getting out of games because i choose not to put up with this abuse anymore. [3]
Phil Fish

CBJ: The irony of this is that when we were posting weekly screenshots, people were complaining that it wasn't enough and demanded videos. When we provided a video they demanded gameplay information. The reality is that no matter what we provide, people will always want more, and this thread will run on regardless, with those people who are inclined to do so getting irate and impatient. Again, we know people want more information, but despite what some of those may people think, doing what they want isn't always the right course of action when the bigger picture is taken into account.

"I can't tell you how many times I have visited the Official UT2003 forums and have seen subjects such as "Suggestions for next patch" or "List of necessary changes or the game will DIE!Ē I find it funny that these self-proclaimed 'game developer wonders' think that they know more than the guys that make a living out of this industry."
Zenny at BeyondUnreal Capture, Be Like Baseball

"We get death threats for adjusting sniper rifle firing time"
halfrobo, "Request From a Game Developer"

"Speaking about why he decided to head the latest MGS game, Kojima revealed that he received a number of death threats after announcing that he would be less involved in the project. 'The staff heard about this and got very nervous,' said Kojima. 'We talk today as if it was a joke, but at the time, it was not a joke at all. It was serious."
CVG, Nov. 2005

"He seriously thought somebody was going to try to kill him! Or rather, multiple people. That can't be good for your feelings towards the game you're working on, can it? But that's not all. He didn't want to even make a sequel to Sons of Liberty in the first place, because it was a postmodern experiment that wasn't supposed to make sense! That's why he went into the past with MGS3, and tried to hand the project to his team repeatedly. But no, there was no avoiding it in the end: he had to swallow the bitter pill and pretend that MGS2 was supposed to be real, knowing that it would be a painful and unsatisfying experience... but most people were too busy kissing Kojima's ass and hyping themselves up for MGS4 to notice or care."
Terry Wolf, "Kojima Vs. MGS4"

"There have been some wonderfully blown out of proportion tweets from John Simm of late basically telling Doctor Who fans to fuck off and leave him alone for a role that he played years ago now and had no responsibility whatsoever in the writing. Good for him. What the hell is the point of hounding the actor especially when he is bringing the material to life with such zeal? Iím a massive fan of his portrayal myself, but even if I wasnít, I wouldnít be looking to vocally spread blame like some fans think they have the right to do."

"Iím starting to develop a Grand Unified Douchebag Theory that begins and ends with Libertarians ruin everything. And I say this not just because Libertarians are a horribly selfish repackaging of the Segregationist movement that worships a greedy sociopath and serves as a convenient excuse for bigoted straight white cismen to be the complete assholes they want, but also because I have never seen a Libertarian pop up in anything and have it be a good thing in the long run.

And in fact, every group that has tenuously accepted the Libertarians in their midst have eventually ended up with an explosion of hostile sexism and racism that created ďgreat schismsĒ in the community (see video games, comic books, atheism) between douchebro assholes and everyone else."
Cerberus, "My Fedora Brings All the Girls to the Yard"

"Theodore Beale opposes women's suffrage, saying, "the women of America would do well to consider whether their much-cherished gains of the right to vote, work, murder and freely fornicate are worth destroying marriage, children, civilized Western society and little girls." He believes that black people are less human than white people, saying of a black woman that "genetic science presently suggests that we are not equally homo sapiens sapiens"...I have trouble thinking of any mainstream groups or organizations where someone who publicly espoused those views would not be ostracized.

Except, apparently, orthodox sci-fi/fantasy fandom, in which Theodore Beale has sufficient clout within orthodox sci-fi/fantasy fandom to select 68% of the Hugo Award nominees.

The question of how this happened is simple enough — the Hugo nomination process is fairly easy to game if you've got a bit of organization and followers willing to splash out a bit of cash...The fact that a majority of voices in fandom are disgusted by it doesn't matter. The damage has already been done at the point where the list of nominees is 68% controlled by fascists."
Phil Sandifer, "The Day Fandom Ended"

"Ever since FKA Twigs, the British singer with seal-shaped brows, has been seen with Robert Pattinson, the Robsten crazies have screamed, 'PHOTOSHOP!' and other dumb shit...Because my life is sad, Iíve spent some nights drunkenly trolling through #Robsten on Twitter and Iíve found that a lot of those crazies arenít 14. Theyíre grown mothers who spend their time wallpapering their basement walls with pictures of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson because thatís not at all crazy."
Michael K., "FKA Twigs Says That Being With Robert Pattinson Makes The Twihard Hate Worth It"

"Oh, Pro Football Talk commenters, you never let me down...There is no easier thing to do as a sports fan than to sit back and play amateur capologist and blast a team for giving an athlete money. Why, you'd play for free! I don't harbor any favoritism toward Colin Kaepernick. I interviewed him once and he seemed all right, but he's not on my favorite team, so I don't give a shit if he succeeds. All I know is that in the NFL, you either have a QB, or you have nothing. So when you have one that has demonstrated some measure of ability (Kaepernick has by any measure), you pay him because quarterbacks get paid."
Drew Magary, Make It Stop

"Nitro on July 5 broadcast once again from the Georgia Dome, home to some of its biggest past successes...Bret's interview began with him saying that WCW had told him to go ahead and talk for as long as he wanted. He basically said that his family had lived for wrestling their whole lives, and now, tragically, they'd also died for it. He said he wasn't sure if he'd ever wrestle again (this was met with a violently negative reaction), and also that if he never got a chance to say it to his fans again, thank you. Getting into the ring was obviously a lot harder than he had thought it was going to be, and it was upsetting to him to hear the few hecklers who obviously didn't understand the gravity of what had happened to his family.

"And that's about it," he concluded. "Thank you very much.""
R. D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez, The Death of WCW

Jay: Oh, man, it really annoyed me initially: The fans chant toward the Crusaders "YOU FUCK LITA" and "YOU'VE GOT HERPES". I was like, "Shut the FUCK up and watch this match!"
V1: JBL said the exact same thing. He said, 'look at all these fans paying to not watch wrestling, and chant.' He does not care for these fans at all.
OOC: I have no issue with the chanting, the fans are havin' fun; but this, for me, it might've stepped over the line. Essentially, they were startin' a fuckin' Mexican Wave.
OSW Review on Benoit v. Guerrero, ECW One Night Stand

"The biggest loser in the history of wrestling fans. His highlights include:"
Taimapedia on Green Lantern Fan