So lately I've noticed on more than a few sites that there is a bit of a battle between the fans of the American remake and the fans of the original. Here on Fanpop, one cannot post something referring to the original (even when making a point) in the remake spot and vice a versa. I find this very problematic.
Fanpop is a site that thrives on diversity of opinions- that's what makes communities fun. The different thoughts/views/opinions make for an interesting community and I personally feel that is what Fanpop is all about. Why are there "picks" if the fab4 didn't want to promote diverse opinions upon fans? This is what I fear is being lost with all the hostility and name calling between the two fanbases.
So which side was the instigator here? I'm not sure. The animosity started as soon as the trailers for the remake were released. Fans of the British version were furious about the show being remade and were taking it out on the previews of a show they hadn't seen. But now, it seems like certain fans of the remake are growing in aggressiveness and have not only stepped up to the nay-sayers, but have actually surpassed them with they're negativity towards the other side. This is really a pathetic turn of events, given that without the original British version, there wouldn't even be a remake to obsess about. Even if fans of the remake do not wish to view it, there should atleast be a certain amount of respect towards it. However, once again American ignorancy wins out over peaceful rational discussions between the two fanbases.
I just wish this would stop. Someone should be allowed to discuss the two versions in contrast to each other without being called a "troll" or "hater" when they are clearly doing no such thing. Its like comparing 'apples to oranges' when talking about fruit- there is no harm in doing it. Its for this reason I wrote this little article because I feel it needed to be addressed. Whether you agree or disagree, it would be nice to have a mature discussion without all this hate, name calling, and outright aggression by either side of this argument. We are fans of the same show (regardless of the differences, its still Toby's creation) for christ sake!! Lets have a little respect for each other.