As you probably know, the Outlander fandom has been caught up in a frenzy of voting. The fans seem to be of two minds about this subject. There are those who feel their efforts to vote awards for Sam, Cait, Tobias, etc. are efforts for Outlander as a whole. They feel the more attention they can help give the show the better. They hope that this attention will result in more viewers and therefore, an increased chance that the show will continue to be renewed. A worthy goal to be sure. There are others in the fandom that feel the pressure to vote borders on the ridiculous. They aren’t sure what any of this accomplishes or what the awards even mean. They feel like the fandom’s Twitter feeds and Facebook pages have been hijacked by pleas to vote Sam or Cait for the THIS award or the THAT award. I’m sure everyone can agree that there HAVE been a lot of voting campaigns in the last few months. I’m all for our actors and show getting the accolades they deserve, but I also believe there is enough diversity and room in the fandom to allow voters and non-voters to co-exist peacefully.
However, today I was reminded again that the world we live in is pretty large and there really are bigger issues out there than our little obsession. Caitriona Balfe, our Claire, tweeted a plea of her own today. While graciously thanking everyone for their votes, she asked that we might turn our attention, energy and efforts toward the plight of the Syrian refugee crisis. She has experienced our generosity with Childhood Cancer charities and she has seen what we can when do when challenged. Although bringing attention to Outlander IS a worthy goal, we have a chance to make a real difference in the world.
When I saw this tweet from Cait, I thought it was something Claire would do.
She tried to gently turn our collected efforts toward helping people who need our help. Like Claire, we see people in need and we have a chance to help heal. I’m totally confident that in the time between Cait’s tweet and my writing this, the fandom has been hard at work creating a plan and encouraging the “fanmily” to action. I’m sure not everyone will participate and that’s okay. Not everyone has the same amount of time or resources. However, I would still urge everyone to take a look at the world around them. We all can make a difference in our own little neck of the woods. Kindness, thoughtfulness, and encouragement cost little, but mean much. Like Jamie and Claire, we can try to effect history by turning the tide of events and do more than just “play our parts”.
Here is a link to a New York Times article about recent events in Syria. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/04/world/europe/syria-boy-drowning.html?src=me
Here is what Cait suggests:
I know Outlanders will respond and I will be so proud to call my self a fan. #bestfansever