Would a note from my mother be good enough?
So there's a new picture of Clay today? From what I saw from the avatar made by the person who's limiting access to the picture so that others won't make avatars from it, it's pretty darn hot.
Unfortunately, that little avi is all I'm going to see since I don't have the requisite decoder ring to gain entrance to club. That's fine. I respect someone's right to restrict when and how a picture they have is distributed. That’s her choice. If I possessed pictures I didn't own the rights to publish, I'd be careful too.
What I don't, like, however, is how this incident has highlighted one of the ugly parts of this fandom. No, I don't mean the fact that there are insiders and outsiders, although that's been blatant. There have been enough posts this morning that go along the lines of "Well, I have access, and so do lots of my friends (subtext: so you must be a nobody if you don't)." I'm not sure why members of the one board that has access feel the need to post about the picture on boards across the fandom where fans can't see it, other than to publicly declare their insider status and to make sure that people know that they are special fans.
But irritating as that behavior is, that's not my complaint. These divisions and perceptions will happen in any group of more than two people. There will always be those who feel that others have more connections or greater visibility, and they probably do. And some of those who do will do everything to protect and make visible their status. That's the nature of human social behavior. We're much like dogs in this way.
No, what I find distasteful is that in order to become part of this insider group, one must establish one's credentials as a good fan. I thought at first that all one needed to do was join Clayversity and then ask for permission to see the picture. That seems reasonable, although if that was the case and anyone could see it, why not just share it in the first place? But then I read that one must give a mod the name of a Clayversity member who can be a reference for you.
So if I joined Clayversity, could I get someone to vouch for me? Do I know the right people? Have I done enough to prove that I really am a good Clay Aiken fan? What if they knew I wrote this blog and was a self-proclaimed bad fan?
I don't care about the picture. Actually, that's not true. I'd love to see it, but that's not the point. The problem with this system is that it assumes fans to be bad until they can be certified as acceptable by someone on the approved list. I think that's a board I'd rather not belong to.
Enjoy the picture. I'd rather be a bad fan and not have to prove myself to anyone.