Focusing On The Things That Keep Us Watching

THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE

Good morning, GHers?

Or is it? *cringes*

After going through the comments here last night, I’ve gotta be honest. I did not even have the heart to watch GH on YT. Reading Steve’s interview had a two-fold effect for me. I hate to sound like Ron Carlivati on ANYTHING, but “there was an immediate effect, and a long-term effect.” 

For me , obviously, the immediate effect was that I closed my computer and went to bed without watching yesterday’s episode and feeling kind of deflated. The longer-term effect was that I thought about it over and over (the joys of insomnia). I realized two things: 1) Steve was trying to communicate to his fans as honestly as he could, and 2) Though it has been hard, we have been on the right track as to the only way to deal with this crap on our screens.

In case you haven’t read Steve’s interview with Michael Fairman, please do so. Here is the link: (Thanks, LT4Bama)http://michaelfairmansoaps.com/news/ghs-steve-burton-chats-on-jasons-complicated-life-with-sam-elizabeth-and-franco/2012/07/17/ I think Steve Burton did such a good job of trying to get his honest feelings across to the fans without landing himself in the hotseat with his new bosses.

I always get a little hot under the collar when I see people tweeting Steve, or Kelly, or really any actor about “Speaking out” about what their characters are doing onscreen. I just don’t think everyone truly understands how it works when you are a character being written in story lines. As most of you know, I am an avid and longtime FRIENDS fan. I always remember the episode where Joey, then working on Days of Our Lives, made some comments in a Soap Opera Digest article about how he so often changed his dialogue from what the writers had written. What followed once the writers got wind of his comments was hilarious, unless you were a real Drake Romoray fan, because the writers retaliated by writing Joey off the show and having him fall down an elevator shaft! And the only doctor that could have fixed his brain injury was him! *tears of laughter*

While certainly I believe Steve and Kelly are big enough stars that no writer could write them “falling down an elevator shaft” without major network approval, I still hope everyone understands the untenable situation they would be in if they decided to speak out in a negative light about their new bosses any time the fans asked them to. It just isn’t done.

However, what is done, and what was done, and rather expertly, I might add – was Steve’s very honest and carefully worded interview! *applause*

If you read between the lines, I think we can all agree that the transition has not been easy. Not for Jason Morgan, and not for Steve Burton. More importantly, what I got from the interview (after I’d gone to bed) was that Steve was letting his fans know what it is that gets TPTB’s attention, and what doesn’t. Listen to, more than see, what Steve is saying here: “I think it’s been good for the fans. Whether they like it or not, you want them to have an opinion. IF THEY HAVE NO OPINION, than we suck!” *laughs*

How often have we talked about here NOT reacting to scenes that we don’t want to see more of? How many times did we talk about not tweeting Ron or Frank with reactionary tweets, and emotions based on things we hated? This is why?

I remember last week when the kisses happened, someone mentioned on Twitter that Ron was checking #GH tweets to gage reaction. Oh, how I wanted to scream any time I saw someone on #TeamJaSam reacting to either kiss! THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO LET THEM KNOW HOW MUCH WE HATE WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO OUR SOAP, AND OUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS, IS TO GIVE THEM THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE!

When things that make us turn off out TVs happen, we must do so in silence. At the moment. I’ve said before that the saddest thing about the Jizzers was the number of times they would go on Twitter and the boards to let TPTB know that because “Jason did or said this or that”, they were no longer watching! Jeez, they did it so often, and right after Jason had done or said it, that it was laughable! It was laughable because if you weren’t watching, you wouldn’t have been able to react to it. 

I do not want us to take pages, or even chapters, out of the Road To Nowhere book, friends. If you’re not watching, you are doing what is best for you and your power as a viewer. But if you are telling TPTB that you’re not watching in the moment, you are doing what is the best thing for them, because as Steve said, “whether they like it or not, you want them to have AN OPINION. If they don’t have an opinion, then we suck!” 

Am I saying to abandon all communication with them? Absolutely not. Steve says he tries to let them know how Jason would normally react in certain situations. Imagine if he didn’t have our heartfelt letters letting him know that it’s been nearly impossible to watch what has happened to Jason Morgan and Jason and Sam under the new regime! Imagine if TPTB weren’t hearing from us “offline” and via direct snail mail to let them know why we miss our General Hospital, and do not recognize or have any interest in this rebooted version of OLTL’s “messy soap.” (Thanks for the perfect term , user123)

This is NOT the General Hospital we fell in love with and were committed to, and they need to know that. Just not as a reaction, because our feelings are more than that.

Steve said that he and Kelly both wanted to have their baby, and to be a family, because they worked so hard to get there! ISN’T THAT EXACTLY HOW WE FEEL? If so, put your stamps where your mouth is and send off a letter to Steve, to Kelly, to Ron, to Frank, saying just that, to anyone who has a say! Tell them you have ZERO INTEREST in what is onscreen now. Tell them what you want to see more of, and not just with Jason and Sam, but all over the canvas! Also, let them know what you don’t want to see: Todd and Heather every damned day, another rape storyline, all the things we’ve ranted about here.

STEVE AND KELLY NEED, AND DESERVE, OUR UNDYING SUPPORT MORE THAN EVERRRRRR!!! THEY DIDN’T NEED IT AS MUCH WHEN THEY WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF GOOD STORY AS THEY DO NOW. NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO GIVE UP ON THEM, OR WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO GIVE US. LET’S SHOW THEM THAT THEIR FANS ARE *RIDE OR DIE* CHICKS! 

I am asking, and EXPECT, every single JaSam fan out there to heed the words of Steve’s interview and lend them our support by taking the time to write out a respectful, but honest letter, about why we have lost interest and love for these versions of Jason, Samantha, and General Hospital. Tell them you are hoping they can turn things around, and give us back the soap and the characters we have loved so long and SO WELL, for so many years.

The one thing I did not hear Steve say is that it was hopeless for JaSam fans, or that Jizzers had any reason to party! He said it was drama, and that’s what you had to do on a soap. (Or so he’s apparently been told lately) I think what he said, without saying it, was that they are going to be gaging reaction at every single beat, and that will determine what keeps coming.

So, as far as social media (Twitter, FB, boards) goes, give them the only thing they really listen and give weight to: THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE. 

I believe there will be reason to take to Twitter again for our cause, but this is not the time. REMEMBER, we always said that our voices on Twitter, and all other forms of social media should be POSITIVE. If not, then it’s better they be SILENT.

Start typing and digging out those envelopes and stamps!

Please let me know how you do!

FIGHTING IN THE NAME OF LOVE, 

Angelique

Your Daily Inspiration (and especially for Ro): “That’s Worth Fighting For” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNlWmYHPU5g Credit: HarperAnIdiot

SNAIL MAIL: (Thanks to Dominoes and Tequila, who always keeps us updated)
Kelly Monaco
General Hospital
c/o ABC-TV
4151 Prospect Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90027

Steve Burton
General Hospital
c/o ABC-TV
4151 Prospect Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90027

Ron Carlivati, Headwriter
General Hospital
c/o ABC-TV
4151 Prospect Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90027

Anne Sweeney,
President, ABC Television Network
500 South Buena Vista Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91521

Frank Valentini, 
Exec. Producer, General Hospital
c/o ABC-TV
4151 Prospect Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90027

LET’S DO THIS!

______________________________________________

AND THIS IS WHY WE MUST: 

THIS DAY IN JASAM HISTORY

July 18

2005: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzuikiI6Dog Credit: kjewel13

 

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13 responses

  1. jasam forever

    Hey Angelique,
    love your insight & SBu’s interview! I’ve tuned out I am on twitter & facebook but I don’t comment as much. So my reactions have been quite lessened! but great advice, would definitely be listening & writing more. Glad SbU spoke out just hope they don’t bump him off to recurring like Mac, because of him speaking out technically!!! lol

    have a great day jasammers.

    July 18, 2012 at 7:54 am

  2. SamJasonsHeart

    Aloha Ang,
    Still not watching live or from my DVR and I have now stopped watching on YT. I find out what’s going on by coming here, sad that the show I’ve watched for over 30 years is no longer part of my day.
    I do have to say it has been hard to keep my mouth shut when I see posts on FB from GH and i miss tweeting with all my tweet peeps durning GH!
    I read the interview about 2 this morning, love your take on what SBu had to say.
    Jasam fan always.. Not watching or commenting anywhere but here until they fix this!!!
    Love to you and the family!

    July 18, 2012 at 9:22 am

  3. lt4bama

    First thanks again to my girl Jerron for tweeting the Michael Fairman interview with SBu. That really woke me up this AM.

    Angelique of course thanks to your wonderful view and perspective. I too could sense Steve’s frustration with the direction of Jason and jasam. He wants jasam to be a family just like we do. Aww. I must admit that made me happy. I’m more proud to be a jasam fan now that I know both Stelly are rooting for jasam too. Makes me not want to give up on them now. I hope we all can stick with it.

    I stilll haven’t watched since Friday and I’m not in a rush too do so. Will talk later BM Fam

    July 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

  4. samjase

    Angelique…you are so right! No comment is like saying..”we’re not interested in this storyline”. The writers live for controversary and crazed fans. I won’t be one of them..that’s for sure. I did send an e-mal to Cartini, and stated how much I miss the Jasam I fell in love with. I miss the days of not being able to wait until gh came on my tv. Those days are gone! Thank you for your awesome blog.

    July 18, 2012 at 11:03 am

  5. When will the dumb writers realize what they are doing to the show as a whole,it is as if his going down a line and messing with each character individually..

    July 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm

  6. Ana

    Angelique thank you. Like you I have lost interest in watching all this crap. I will send out my letters today and I will fight in silence. Thank you for keeping us all motivated. JASAM fan till the end.
    Ana

    July 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm

  7. Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it has come to this. Today is the third day in a row that I have not watched. I would have bet your hard earned money that this day would never come. Just typing out the words leave me with a cold chill…how apropos what is happening outside my window with the endless dark skies and rain is the back drop for what is going on inside my house and more importantly inside my heart.

    Such a void of sunshine has been my seson’s canvas, my JaSam canvas and my one hour a day I get to devote to my self to enjoy my entertainment canvas. The decision to tune out has, as I stated in a message to Ms. Monaco, been exhaustively labored over. But out of sheer preservation of my heart and to preserve the memory of the show and characters I love, it had to be made.

    It simply isn’t healthy to subject yourself to constant disappointment, constant heartache, constant smashing of hopes and expectations. It is why bad relationships are toxic. They will take their toll, first on your heart then on your spirit, and if allowed to continue, they will actually take their toll on your health. A good cry is one thing but, ‘I’ve cried a River”, you have to get back up. You have to let them go, put some make up on and leave the house. You have to get off your ASS! and you have to be sure to shut the door behind you, so as not to take the toxic with you when you go.

    So I’m going to be so damned grateful for the years of wonderful memories. I’m going to use my GH hour to enjoy them, through all the avenues that allow the magnificent work they’ve done to live on forever. I’m going to vid them and enjoy that healthy connection of loving the art and light, the inspiration and the happiness they brought into and enriched my life with. And I am going to pray, as stated in that message to Ms. Monaco, ‘I will hold the memories dear in my heart and pray every day that the writers will learn what you shared with us, how much it meant to us, and how to bring it back to us! The moment my network of JaSam devotees Tweets, Face Books, or Blogs that: the GH, Jason, and Sam you and Steve have devoted such a huge chunk of your careers to develop, the show, and characters we have devoted such a huge chunk of our lives to support, the show, and characters we KNOW and LOVE are coming back, then, Oh, so will I!”

    I wrote in the description of this video that I speak for all JaSam fans when I say, “I’ve cried a river over you.”
    JaSam Cry Me A River: http://youtu.be/YV68kWV4JjE via @youtube

    Love to you all,
    Kathy

    July 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm

  8. TheNamesAnyone

    This is gonna be one difficult ride…:( honestly i’m really tired.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm

  9. Sonia

    Thanks Angelique..I am off TV in silence.. I dont think RC/FV worth my time on twitter or FB.. I just want to know it always seems that SB or BH are interview about GH/SL ..

    July 18, 2012 at 8:47 pm

  10. alwaysaromantic

    There are times that Silence is Golden! How many of us feel like we have lost a good friend??? I know I do I miss my Jasam I miss GH!
    My letters will be out this week! Thanks for the encouragement Angelique you are amazing!

    July 18, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    • I totally agree. It just about makes me cry to think about how they have destroyed my beloved JaSam. Oh Hell! I have cried. I know it is silly to be so sad over a soap couple, but Jasam have been a part of my life since the very beginning and it is like losing dear friends.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      • lm cee

        Carol you are not alone. I have shed a few tears myself over Jasam. My husband and kids thinking I am loosing it. My letters went out this morning. Praying that the powers that be stop Ron from ruining Jasam.

        July 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    • TheNamesAnyone

      Carol, you telling me! I actually caught on to Jasam late. I’ve never paid attention to coupling on GH, until Jiz came along. Everyone made a big deal about Jason breaking up with Sam. I didn’t understand why. All I knew was Jason and Liz didn’t work well together. It was like ok whatever! So I wanted to see what was the big deal behind Jasam. I went to youtube and watched them from the beginning. I watched the fan vids and these two were intense and showed me what love really looked like. Though I hated the Jiz season, Jasam were still shining through the screen during that period. Liz couldn’t hold a candle to Sam, regardless of her having Jason. Even then I could see he loved Sam. Knowing that made me support this couple. Now, it’s drained me dry seeing them like this. I’ve grown a serious dislike and Jason. But like Sam I still love him and want him with her. But it saddens me so many have jumped ship, or want Jasam but don’t mind Mclame.

      I honestly don’t know what to feel anymore. 😦

      July 19, 2012 at 2:53 am

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