ALL. ABOUT. STEVE.
I can’t wait to see my therapist next week. I want her to try something with all of her patients, who like me, have just had a really hard time lately and can’t seem to “get into anything.”
I’d like her to try Anger Trigger Therapy.
I’m not sure, but I think I may have just discovered this new method of getting someone out of their funk and propelling them INTO SOMETHING. I am sure, however, that if the method did already exist, I’ll hear about it! 🙂
How do I know? Well, because today I did something I normally do when I’m feeling a little down. The kids were out shopping with their favorite aunt who spoils them, my hubby was at a retirement dinner, and I had already cleaned, reorganized, repotted plants, and even put up my summer window treatments.
I even forced myself to watch a comedy before I was tempted to do something dangerous – like pull the 13 new weeds I spotted when I glanced out at the pool. Thank you, Rain, for helping to bring them forth from the earth with such frequency and determination.
(It sucks when even the weather contributes to said funk.)
Anyhoo, the movie I watched was, “All About Steve.” (It was like an omen I guess.)
Funny tale about a woman, Mary, who gets set up on a blind date with Mr. Delicious, a.k.a. Steve, and just decides (I’m still not sure how) that her life and her happiness depend on being with Steve. All the time. There were some great, laugh out loud moments, and I was really happy I watched!
However once the movie was over, boredom struck once more. So, I looked up my timeline on Twitter, and that’s when it happened.
My heart rate actually quickened.
One of the beautiful people I follow (though I cannot for the life of me remember my password so that I could actually log on) was defending the fabulous and lovely Kelly Monaco.
My interest was piqued, but my defenses immediately went up.
What had Kelly done now to infuriate the masses (who are even more in need of therapy than I am after 17 surgeries)? *rolling my freakin’ eyes*
As I scrolled desperately on my ipod, I spotted it. The reason for the Twitter Uproar.
During an interview where Steve and Kelly talked about upcoming summer plots, and they both talked about how happy Jason and Sam were, (in fact, Steve said they were one of the only “happy” couples) the interviewer asked if this summer was about giving the JaSam fans what they wanted, and Kelly answered that she thought so, and that they’d (JaSam fans) been waiting for a long time.
The interviewer’s next question (because he is also in the business of entertainement) was “What about the Liz/Jason fans?”
To which Kelly answered, (I thought very sensibly) “I’m sorry, but it’s not going to happen.”
You would think she had just threatened to attack the Pope Mobile.
Now, perhaps it’s the educator in me, but I guess this is where one would need basic reading comprehension skills (which I just assume anyone reading a magazine would have) to understand the question and answer, but apparently, I just should not make assumptions.
Because obviously not everyone who read the article has those basic skills I was talking about.
Good Lord! People (please refer to the “masses” I mentioned earlier) immediately began accusing Kelly of thinking herself the head writer, of trying to write Rebecca Herbst out, and a bunch of other insanities too stupid to even mention.
How could Kelly just answer one question in the affirmative about the writers finally giving JaSam fans some of what they’ve been waiting for since Forever, and then answer the very next question any other way?
What did people think the answer should be?
“Yes, Jason and Sam fans are going to be thrilled AND Jason and Liz fans are ALSO going to reunite now that Liz has told another man (who isn’t Jason) that the baby he thought wasn’t his is, and then told another man (who also isn’t Jason) that the baby he thought was his, isn’t?”
Why are they acting more shocked than Harold Camping the day after his end of the world prediction?
I mean, really! What soap have they been watching?
Why was Kelly’s accurate answer even an issue?
Was it even a month ago that Becky Herbst was interviewed by SID, and even though her character is once again embroiled with two other men and a baby, she went on to say that OF COURSE there is hope for Jason and Liz fans?
Did JaSam fans take to her Twitter Fan Account or to her husband’s Twitter account to threaten her life and accuse her of desiring World Domination? If any did, I obviously don’t follow them, because I can’t recall that kind of response. I do know that most thought it was out of left field, and even a little strange for the mag to focus on Jason and Liz once more, but I’m sure Becky wasn’t the recipient of murderous and really UGLY communique. And she gave that answer while Jason and Sam were K-I-S-S-I-N-G, and talking about love and baby carriages!
What the heck?
It boggles my mind.
For those of you who have been with me from the start, you know that while Liz is the character I most love to hate, I have never, ever said a single disparaging word against the actress. Liz is a fictional person, while Becky is flesh, blood, and feelings.
Just Like Kelly, Dammit.
Why can’t people make the distinction between fiction and real people? I am so fed up with it being completely okay for Becky to encourage, promote, and further incite the Utopian mantra of a fanbase whose couple has not been together in almost three years, while Kelly is talking about actual, current storyline and is nearly crucified.
I have to say something, and while absolutely it is in the defense of Kelly Monaco, it is more than that. It is also out of respect for Tyler Christopher, Jonathan Jackson, and Greg Vaughn, just to name the most recent actors on whose behalf I was offended. You see, when Sam and Jason were outrageously and completely absurdly written apart for Jason and Liz, Kelly was always supportive of the person she was currently working with. She talked about Greg with great affection and respect, and wasn’t begging fans to call in and get her back into a Steve pairing. She did her best to sell that LuSam pairing, and she was respectful to the fans who supported them. It was because of those efforts precisely that LuSam became such a HOT couple.
With Kelly, I never got the feeling that it was All. About. Steve. and the pairing he represented.
That isn’t just one of the many reasons I love her – it’s professionalism at it’s best. Kelly knows she had a job to do, and she gave it her all…including fan events with Greg, and some really cute stuff for their fans. (See exhibit A: http://bit.ly/igRFYx)
The character of Liz was paired with Greg’s Lucky for years! They got a wedding, a romance, and some great story. I must have missed their fan event notice! Becky has also been paired most recently with Tyler and Jonathan, both co-workers she’s had for a really long time. Both characters her Liz shares a whole lotta history with. I even believe in my heart of hearts that it was her history with both Lucky and Nik that ultimately kept her on the canvas. Those pairings also had, and have, fans who invested time and energy in them. Yet, I have yet to see her, or her husband who owns Daytime Connection, set up a fan event for LL2 or Niz. I also cannot remember a time where she took to the mags to encourage fans of those pairings to “fight and keep fighting.”
Please, correct me if I am wrong.
To me, that’s just not cool.
For years, those actors and characters alike have given the character of Liz reason to be onscreen. And the fans who supported those pairings made it all possible.
Yet, in my humble opinion, whenever she is interviewed about her character (since the SOS), it has been All. About. Steve.
Yeah, I said it.
My point is that even though I have always felt that way – because I really used to be a Lucky and Liz fan, and surprisingly enough – I became a Nik-getting-some-action-fan because of my love and appreciation for Tyler and his talent, I have never sent Becky hate mail even when, at the very heights of these other onscreen relationships, she went on and on in every freakin’ interview about this huge Jason and Liz HERStory that fans should be calling and writing in about. I mean, really, isn’t that basically like crapping on the other fanbases and actors? And even though it has always annoyed me to no end, I have never taken to Twitter or to Facebook or even to my blog, where I am protected by my right to free speech, to attack Becky or to say things that would hurt her feelings, or verbally abuse her, because she is a human being, who makes a living providing us with entertainment. Whether I like her character or not.
Just like Kelly, Dammit.
I would hope that neither Steve or Becky would be proud to have fans that are capable of such tasteless, low-life behavior. Ass To The Curb needs to become the standard for those kinds of dealings. I’m almost sure Carolyn Hennesy wouldn’t mind the borrowing of her modus operandi.
Soaps are carrying enough negativity these days – no one needs all this hateful crap weighing down what should be the best of daytime!
So, there you have it. The one thing that snapped me out of my down-in-the-dumps, I-have-nothing-to-say mood.
What can I say? I am a JaSam Fan.
FYI: I made 4 phone calls and sent 5 emails to let TPTB know how excited I am about “JaSam’s Summer Lovin’!” I even sent an email to SOD to let them know that I am throwing down some cold-hard cash tomorrow to buy their latest issue – because current couples are what I want to read about! Make sure you give them some props, too! Let’s make them want to feature JaSam more often because it was so profitable!
On a much more positive note, I don’t know about you, but I thought that the interview itself was ROMANTIC. I’m not sure any other soap couple can sell that in print like they did! I literally blushed every time I read that Steve said the word “touch”.
I can’t remember a time I have been this excited for our couple. ABC should let Steve and Kelly give us the previews ALL THE TIME.
Oh! By the way…(SPOILER ALERT)
At the end of the movie, the heroine (played by Sandra Bullock) realizes that her life and happiness couldn’t be All About Steve (played by the gorgeous Bradley Cooper).
And believe it or not, that was a happy ending.
So much love to you all…