Last week, I thought I posted my final article about the aftermath of the Sleepy Hollow finale. But then today happened. Someone in my time line posted a link to a blog that conjectured that maybe Tom Mison and Nikki Beharie didn’t like each other. I knew this day was coming. I hoped it wouldn’t. And of all the angry words still circulating on Twitter, I hope this is an idea that gets SMACKED down by everyone. This is sinking really low. Shame on the author of the article for even putting that notion out on the internet.
I think I’ve come to a place where I have to make a decision. Is it healthy to be on Twitter? Do I need to start muting or blocking folks? I used to have fun with Sleepy Hollow fans talking about the shows. I’ve met up with some. I’ve established at least one life-long friendship with a person I would never have met if it weren’t for Sleepy Hollow and Twitter. And today, a tasty recipe for macaroni and cheese came to me FedEx from a #Sleepyhead who took time in a busy schedule to have breakfast with me at Grand Central a few weeks ago. These are the nice, unexpected pleasures of reaching beyond one’s geographical limitations to share common interests and personal stories.
But now, I go into my timeline and most of what I read is anger and innuendo. Does the universe need more anger because of what WE THINK happened on a TV show? If you’ve read my other Sleepy Hollow blogs you’ll see that I went through my stages of grieving. And I’m done. I’m at acceptance. And you know what? If TPTB give S4 a green light, I will be watching and I will be tweeting about Sleepy Hollow. I have been afraid – AFRAID – to say anything positive about the show because I didn’t want to stir the pot or get attacked. That’s ridiculous. I’ve let the anger of others silence my own voice and I’ve watched other friends go silent or quit social media all together.
The only thing any of us can say with certainty is how we each felt about the season finale. I let myself be angry for 24 hours. And I’m ashamed of some of the tweets I sent out to the writers. Jumping on the “mean” bandwagon is not who I am and I just let the shock of that episode control my reason. (It’s all in my blogs). Well, baby, my Mr. Spock is back in the driver’s seat.
Nikki Beharie is not my Queen. Tom Mison is not my idol. I did not start watching this show because of them. I’m a Sleepy Hollow Legend person. I love the twistories and came to love the actors and the characters they portrayed. Whatever the renewal outcome, Nikki and Tom and Lyndie will do just fine. And I think they would prefer our encouragement rather than our anger.
This does not mean there aren’t serious problems in the entertainment industry, and I’m not advocating being silent about gender and racial inequality. But at the heart of the story is an actress who wanted to leave, and had the freedom to leave. I accept that. And if gender or racial issues were behind that, then I will rally around her if she wants to take up that fight. Could the writers have found a better way to give Beharie the exit we all think she deserved – maybe. Still, I will forgive them. I don’t think any of their actions were from a place of disrespect or malice. If I’m a fool, I’d rather be a kind fool than a mean bystander.
We may never know why S3 turned out the way it did. All I ask is to let me enjoy S4, should we get it. And if you don’t like what I have to say on Twitter, please unfollow me, mute me or block me. I will not hold it against you. Personally, I like hearing other people’s opinions, even if they disagree with mine. I’ve learned a lot from Sleepy Hollow fans. But I will start to mute angry, disrespectful, and malicious tweets if they are aimed at castigating people who still support the show. Diatribe is not dialog.