Again, behavior is behavior. People feel like fandom is an investment, and they begin to feel entitled to access and attention from the object of their worship. This has been going on since the Old Testament, forget country music. You spend your time with someone’s vision, and you start to feel like that time spent and in many cases money spent gives you a say. And it doesn’t. AT ALL. But but but but NO.
Back when Harry Potter fandom was infull metal batshit, an online acquaintance started a discussion about why so many Potterfen absolutely did not get that yes, J.K. Rowling knows the stories better than you. She’s not betraying anything by not writing an ending in which (spoiler!) Harry and Hermione do not hook up. It’s HER STORY. And what we came down to is that for many many people in Harry Potter world, this was their first experience with being a fan of something, with being caught up and fascinated and participating in an active fandom.
So naturally when things didn’t go their way they flipped the fuck out. The first time that happens to you, it’s incredibly disconcerting. The 35th time (grumble grumble The Closer grumble Lost grumble) it’s kind of like, “Eh, this is why I don’t get too worked up.” It’s why even in politics, I seriously can’t … I mean, John Kerry does not listen to me. I know this. I may wish he would, but wishing and sending him money does not make it so. Ditto, for that matter, Barack Obama.
A lot of these Tea Party assholes claim to be participating in politics for the first time. They’re gonna figure out that this happens. It’s gonna be painful, and by painful I mean HILARIOUS, but pretty soon they’ll be just like the rest of the cynical Interwebs.