Last week's column was devoted to "Letters to the Editor." The letter we published from the All My Children fan faction "the Almunds" caused quite a stir and my email box was again overflowing. Here are a few representative letters.
"I just had to respond to your "Top of the Week." I am an Alex/Edmund fan AND a Dimitri fan, but belong to neither the Almunds or the Loyalists. I post/lurk on a few AMC boards, including ABC.com. "C" asked in her letter if you had read the Loyalists' posts on any boards. Well, I'm asking that of you also. Because if you had, you would know that what C is accusing them of, has never happened. As a poster there, and third party, I can tell you that comment is absolutely false!
I find C's comments truly hypocritical because it is the Almunds who are notorious on the internet for saying incredibly cruel and nasty things about Michael Nader and his fans, REPEATEDLY. And not just on ABC.com, but on any board they find. And every time, they are refuted, mostly by non-Loyalists who post on the boards and know that what the Almunds are saying is completely false. Most recently they tried it on the ABC.com Alex board, with rude and outrageous comments about the Loyalists. In fact, it was so nasty, that the monitors there removed the whole thread.
I have seen anti-Alex/Finola Hughes posts on different boards, (especially MediaDomain) but I know for a fact that most, if not all, have been made by non-Loyalists. What's more, Alex is not the only character to be bashed. You should see what they say about Jake, Scott, and Tina! It's the nature of the boards, and part of the natural give and take. But, whenever Alex or Finola Hughes are mentioned in a negative way, the Almunds come out with guns blazing, accusing them of being Loyalists, and calling them b!tche$ (yes, they've used that term), and tearing into them. That's why I've never considered joining their group, even though I'm a fan of Alex and Edmund (and a big Finola Hughes fan too).
I almost didn't write this email to you, because it seems that I'm just furthering the bad feelings, but since you published (the other letter), I just felt I had to respond." MAF
"I had to comment on your article in which the Loyalists were publicly defaced.
I do not know the Loyalists personally, but I have dealt with them on message boards and through visiting their own web sight. I feel that your portrayal on your sight is just the way for some to ruin what those people stand for and what they have worked so hard to represent. If you had some history of the Almunds and the Loyalists as a whole, you would know that these accusations are nothing but false innuendo's to harass and embarrass this group. If anyone on any message boards are known as being harassers, it is the Almunds. They will turn an innocent post around into that of slander of their favorite character. They call others with a difference of opinion "Loyalists" when in fact the people with a difference of opinion are just that, people with a different opinion.
I personally don't know what it is that the Almunds are threatened by with the Loyalists. Maybe they are afraid that the Loyalists are so powerful they will come between their beloved characters? No one is that powerful.
I think you owe these classy ladies an apology. I am going to their web sight right now to show them my support." Gina
"I read with distaste your allowance of such negativity to be posted on your website in the form of an editorial on how fans of All My Children view Michael Nader and Finola Hughes.
First, let me say that I am not with the Loyalists but am very grateful for their work on bringing Michael Nader back to AMC. Your fans seems to think there's been FH bashing on the part of MN fans, and I've seen no evidence of it. I have been watching these boards ever since the campaign got underway.
But what I am most concerned for is your allowing this immature letter campaign on behalf of a group which calls themselves The Almunds to appear on your site. As a journalist myself, I always seek out two sides to a story before publishing anything, and I do so in the same story. By publishing these editorials without TIMELY comment, I feel you have done great disservice to your readers.
I suggest you don't expect many MN fans to respond to such ridiculous and immature behavior spearheaded by a group of mostly teenagers who've displayed their lack of humility on many discussion boards. But most of all, I suggest that you use better judgement when allowing your site to be used for the airing of unsubstantiated and incorrect information... especially if it hurts unsuspecting people who've only done a good turn for the lot of us. Thank you for your consideration." TJ
Thank you to everyone who wrote on behalf of the Loyalists. For the record, TRO's position on the Loyalists has never altered. We believe they are a dedicated group of AMC fans who strove to bring their favorite character back to the show. We are delighted to have featured them and their cause at Turtle-Run. A story on their efforts that I wrote appeared in Soap Opera Weekly. We stand by those stories, as we stand by last week's column.
For every show there are, what I have dubbed, "Fan Factions." Groups of fans who root for favorite couples or favorite actors. Sometimes, many times, their favorite is not the favorite of someone else. This can cause disagreements on message boards, or on mailing lists, and as MAF says above: "It's the nature of the boards, and part of the natural give and take." As Gina says: "when in fact the people with a difference of opinion are just that, people with a different opinion ."
And everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, as stated in last week's column, I believe that to state an opinion with tact and consideration for the opinion of others is commendable. Those comments were not directed toward any particular Fan Faction but to all cyber fans. Think before posting. You never know who might be reading. Would you say face-to-face to someone what you are posting about them? Probably not. Why should sitting behind the smokescreen of a computer monitor change that?
There is room for all Fan Factions in cyberspace. The Loyalists, the Almunds, The Rassie's, the Pharley's, the Shuis fans, the Holics, the Mannies, the Sonny/Carly fans, the Sonny/Hannah fans, etc. There is room for everyone's opinion. Unless someone is specifically heck bent on starting a board war, I urge all of TRO's visitors to always be the ones who take a positive stance on stating your comments no matter where you post, or who or what you post about. It is just as easy to take the high road than it is to take the low one. Please post your thoughts on this issue in TRO's Criticize the Critic Message Board.
Casting NewsDays of Our Lives reports that Staci Greason makes another special appearance as Isabella on Thursday, August 3, 2000. Carl Weintraub portrays mobster, Vincent Moroni, beginning Monday, July 31, 2000. On Thursday, August 3, 2000, Francesco Romano returns in a flashback sequence as Roberto!
Seeing StarsCameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC) has a busy few weeks!
August 5, 2000: Charlotte area (Gastonia, NC) at the East Ridge Mall, 1-3 PM Call 704 867-1851 for further information.
August 6, 2000: The New York Jewelry Outlet (across from the Sunrise Mall), Long Island, NY. 1-4 PM
August 19, 2000: Sears, Amherst, NY, 1-3 PM
August 19, 2000: Brokerage Comedy Club, Long Island, NY with Vincent Irizarry (Dr. Dave, AMC), 7:30 show sold out, but they have just added a 10:30 show. Tickets for the 10:30 PM still available. $21.00 cash only. They will hold tickets for five days. You must come to the club to get tickets. If you live far away, they will accept a money order for $24.00 (includes $3.00 money order processing fee.) Also include a SASE. For further info call: 516 785-9349.
Brook Kerr (Whitney, Passions) and Donn Swaby (Chad, Passions) will be at Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT on Saturday, August 5 as part of NBC 30's (Hartford, CT) "Passions Star of the Day" promotion. People attending the park can meet and greet Brook and Donn and register to win a walk on role on the set of Passions. Grand prize winner will be determined by a random drawing of all the entries received between 1 and 4 p.m. For more information call (860) 521-3030.
James Hyde (Sam, Passions) will be the Grand Marshal of the Columbus, Ohio State Fair Parade on Saturday, August 5, 2000.
Passions First Annual Fan Club Lunch! Various Actors will be at the First Annual Passions Fan-Club Luncheon on Saturday, August 12 at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, CA. Tickets: $40, members. $65, nonmembers. Send SASE and check or money order to: Passions Fan Club Luncheon, attention Sonya, 4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. Presently confirmed to attend: Lena Cardwell, Josh Ryan Evans, Bruce French, Bruce Michael Hall, Jade Harlow, Liza Huber, James Hyde, Dalton James, Brook Kerr, Lindsay Korman, Kelli McCarty, Ben Masters, Jesse Metcalfe, Juliet Mills, Tracey Ross, Dana Sparks, Donn Swaby, Travis Schuldt, Eva Tamargo Lemus, Kim Johnston Ulrich and Mckenzie Westmore.
Days of Our Lives star, Jason Cook will be at the following Sears stores:
August 12, 2000: Grandforks, North Dakota. 1-3 PM
August 26, 2000: Steubenville, Ohio. 1-3 PM
September 2, 2000: Rosevile, CA. 1-3 PM
Speaking of DOOL, don't forget to book your tickets for SalemFest on September 16, 17, 2000, Salem, IL. Contact: Days Fest, 215 E. Main Street, Salem, IL 62881, or call 618 548-0878. Steve Blackwood, Bryan Datillo, Arianne Zuker, Jason Cook, and Nadia Bjorlin are scheduled to attend.
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