There has been an extraordinary amount of backlash regarding the Season 4 Finale of Arrow, and comments have gotten personal towards the actors. Stephen Amell (a.k.a. Oliver Queen) takes a stand and responds to haters.
As a result, Amell addressed the issue on Larry King Live after discussing Olicity just a few days ago:
"For some reason, different people who are fans of the show have seemed to split up into different fractions. But again, I really do think that it's a few people with very loud voices. And I feel like if you are going on the attack for fictional characters, that you're probably not real fans of the show."
One fan, Jacob, felt particularly outraged by Stephen Amell's comment and decided to make the matter personal, calling the Green Arrow actor out with insults via Facebook. The comment below has since been deleted.
"Amell with all due respect this is hypocritical and asinine at it's best, I've watched Arrow since it's pilot, watched countless reruns on Netflix and have defended the show when nobody or very few of the fans would, then you say the ONE thing that's killed this show and that the ONE thing fans have hated since S3 we have to LIKE in order to be fans of the show? Or just to watch Arrow? Sorry Sir but you're a f*cking idiot."
Sorry Jacob, but Olicity fans do in fact exist:
Amell addressed the nature of trolling and how it has gained popularity through the anonymous nature of the web. His tactful reply is probably what led the so-called fan to remove his initial post.
"I disagree. For starters, I wasn't responding to the dislike of one particular thing on the show. I was discussing one platform and how anonymity makes people cyber brave. You don't have to like or dislike any one thing to be a fan of the show. But some of the criticism and vitriol towards fictional characters and the actual people who play them is comically outsized. I do enjoy an apology though before being called a f*cking idiot. And because you put your name on it... I give it serious consideration. Hope you can see my comments in the broader context Jacob."
Once the initial comment was deleted, Amell felt the need to follow up with his own Facebook post:
"Hey Facebook -- saw that the post from early was missing, which I suspect means that the person who made the original comment that I shared deleted it. Oh well. I do so appreciate the positivity that exists on this page."
The Facebook post focused haters who take matters beyond the confinement of the show and his career by attacking his personal life:
"There does seem to be something that everyone is missing though. Or maybe misinterpreting... I don't take any of this stuff personally. Concurrently, an infinitesimal amount of dislike is actually directed at the way I conduct myself as a human. And honestly... should I expect anything less than the occasional negative missive? This page has 5.1 million fucking FB friends!!
He continued by addressing a fundamental issue concerning the priorities of certain fans:
"Nowadays nearly 1,000 unlike the page everyday. Know when that number spikes? When the content focuses on charitable work. Think about that for a second... [. . .] I don't take that personally either. Does it call into question the basic elements of human decency? Uhhhhhhhh... maybe!"
Lastly, he re-addressed the nature of trolling and the black or white extremes that people have adopted:
"You know one thing that I do dislike? The term "hate" or "hating". What an odd way to put things. It feels like an expression of that nature boils everything down to, "this is awful" or "this is perfect" when clearly there are so many more ways to label a shared experience."
He ended the post by thanking his fans and showing how grateful he is for the platform that has been given to him so the community formed by his Facebook likes can converse peacefully, while still encouraging debate.
"So here we are... This is really what I've always wanted. A forum to do good. And a forum with enough people in it that we don't always fall in lock step with one another. I couldn't ask for a better place as our little corner of the internet. Keep the love coming."
It is no secret that comic book fans are extremely passionate and opinionated. This is something that Stephen Amell has addressed in an interview with Access Hollywood in a rather positive and appreciative manner. After all, if comic fans weren't so loyal, neither would the Arrow fan-base.
"People are pretty passionate. I know that... Look, passion comes with the territory of any type of genre show, but especially and particularly comic book fans are incredibly passionate. And I never fault anyone for that."
Want to read more about Stephen Amell? Luckily, he recently announced he is writing a book so you'll have plenty of material!
While the topic of Olicity's status in the finale is what started this whole debacle, they are standing strong and have received a Voice of TV nomination for most tragic tear-jerking break-up scene.
It is challenging to determine which one they are referring to as there is the original and then the follow-up in which Felicity bashes on any hopes of a reunion.