Fandom-esque | The ethics of famous internet fathers


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Pedro Pascal is everywhere these days.

I, for one, have been a card-carrying stan since my Game of Thrones days, when Pascal played Oberyn Martell, the Dornish bisexual prince of my dreams. Like so many others on that show, it was gone too soon, and Jon Snow’s brooding face was no match for the fiery Red Viper in my heart.

I’m a little thirsty, I’ll admit it! But when internet official Pascal took part in Vanity Fair’s lie detector test interview and was asked, “Who’s the bigger daddy, you or Oscar Isaac?” when he answered his question, he baptized him as the “father” of the Internet.

His answer, which broke many internet and fandom circles — “I’m a bigger father than him. I am older than him. Although he is a real father, he has children and I don’t. But father is a state of mind, you know what I’m saying? I am your father.”

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The thing is, Pascal has the moves and he knows exactly how to get the press to his fans and the wider media. He’s certainly been doing well Hollywood-wise lately. He moved from King’s Landing to Tatooine as Dean Djarin, star of Disney+’s The Mandalorian, and didn’t even have to take off his helmet to shoot the perfect fire. He recently went on a press tour promoting HBO’s new series, The Last of Us. He portrays the real father, Joel Miller, a smuggler in a zombie apocalypse tasked with transporting a daughter named Ellie to the continental United States.

“The Last of Us” is shaping up to be HBO’s biggest cash cow between seasons of “Dragon House,” and it has a lot to live up to. The video game of the same name on which the show is based is considered one of the best of all time, and Joel is a beloved and very thirsty character.

However, some people aren’t too keen on Pascal’s newfound ‘father’ status.

Many Pascal fans have analyzed a video of Pascal at the premiere of The Last of Us, where a reporter asked him if he “knows he’s the father of the internet.” Pascal responds accordingly, and while he doesn’t seem all that concerned to me, some fans think the dad thing is going too far.

Is Pascal getting too sexual? Yes. One of the unfortunate realities of being a Latino actor in Hollywood is that more than half of them end up in overly sexualized roles. Oberyn Martell, for all that I love him, doesn’t escape the “spicy foreigner” stereotype. People in real life or on the internet will do the same with the actor.

This brings up an interesting point, the ethics of celebrity sexualization – which I’d like to note has only recently been discussed with male actors.

Pascal is a good example. He’s probably obsessed with “fatherhood” for his new shows and movies — but is that really something we should be calling him? We don’t know him, and the harsh reality for many of his obsessive fans is that they’re not having sex with him.

Markiplier, the bastion of all Gen Z childhoods and one of the most prolific gaming streamers/YouTubers out there, hacked the OnlyFans website last year. He has pledged to donate the proceeds to charity after fans grant his wish to propel his podcast to the top of the streaming charts.

I guess just being a content creator means you’re okay with people saying weird things in your posts and DMs on the internet. In all the build-up to Markiplier’s barebones release, he’s certainly received some bold comments from his fans. Below is a TikTok quote from one of his live streams, and I’ll admit that in this video, Markiplier doesn’t seem at all comfortable with things like “snapping his tip to the camera.”

@jellitok

♬ original sound – JellyTok

I don’t believe in old sayings – the “blood is thicker than water” nonsense never made sense to me – but “sex sells” is right every time.

BuzzFeed killed a YouTube series called “Celebrity Thirsty Tweets,” where mostly male celebrities react to thirsty tweets about them. The videos feature Henry Cavill, Ben Barnes, Taron Egerton, Andrew Garfield, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and dozens of others. Some of the videos are funny and the celebs are good sports about tweeting, but I’m sure there are some awkward videos that have the celebs wondering how much longer this interview is going to last.

But as I mentioned earlier, when it’s male celebrities who are under fire from thirsty people on the internet, I’ve noticed that fans only bring up “boundaries” and “conformity”.

According to the PEW think tank, 33% of women under 35 report being sexually harassed online, compared to just 11% of men under 35. I’m sure celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Megan Fox, Zendaya, Jenna Ortega, Megan Thee Stallion and more. don’t bother looking at their DMs anymore.

We can’t stop people from tweeting weird thirsty things to celebs, and I would agree that the price of fame is dealing with things fans are uncomfortable with from time to time. If Pascal or Marciplier or whoever asks people to stop telling them something, that should be respected.

In general, I advise people to practice the art of not saying anything. You can silently drool over Pascal’s numerous TikTok edits available. Actually, here’s something for the road, I hope I DON’T see your comment there.

@aexcheck

In the time of Pedro Pascal… #fyp #aexcheck #oberynmartell #gameofthrones

♬ original sound – 𝘑 h o r d y





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