In lieu of writing a Brittanalysis this week, I thought I’d publish some tips on how to maintain as much sanity as possible during the week in-between episode 4x03 “Makeover” and episode 4x04 “The Break-Up.” Here goes:
1. When it comes to spoilers, trust no bitch—or, at the very least, take every spoiler you hear with a lot of salt.
Rumors, speculation, and spoilers will abound this week. Anonymous sources will post “set secrets” and talk about having seen the episode in advance. While some of these spoilers and secrets may prove true in the long run, ultimately, you will save yourself a headache by, for the most part, ignoring anyone and anything that claims to know the final outcome of episode 4x04 yet and waiting to see “the receipts” on your screen for yourself.
If you must read spoilers, keep these handy guidelines for determining their credibility in mind.
Also, remember that while Ryan Murphy may tell the truth in his Twitter Q & A sessions, he “tells it slant”—which is to say that those things he promises you’ll see in a given episode may not happen in the way you might hope or expect that they will.
2. Don’t feed the trolls.
Due to the nature of next week’s episode, there will be trolls in the Brittana, Santana, Brittany, Naya, and HeMo tags. They will insult your ship and say hurtful things about it. Arguing with them won’t change their opinion, though—not even if you have good facts and sound logic to back up your arguments. Trolls don’t frequent ship tags looking to have their minds changed; instead, they do so to make you angry.
If you encounter a troll, just ignore him or her, the same way that you would a playground bully in elementary school. If you cannot ignore the troll, block him or her.
In so doing, you will save yourself a lot of frustration. You’ll also help combat troll infestations, as trolls tend to travel in packs.
3. Don’t spread hate.
Not everyone in the Brittana fandom ships Brittana exclusively.
We have Klainers, Finchel fans, multishippers, Samcedians, and Wemma shippers amongst our numbers. Please help to make everyone feel welcome during what is sure to be a very feelings-filled week by not posting or tagging hate concerning other ships, sending Anon hate, or even by making “well-meaning” statements a la “No offense, but I hope your ship breaks up instead of mine” to other bloggers when you make conversation with them.
This week, Klainers, Finchel fans, Brittana fans, and Wemma fans are all in the same boat, insofar as we’re all waiting to see what becomes of our ships. Help make what will be an anxious week just a little but brighter by showing courtesy and understanding to those who ship differently than you do.
Tagging hate won’t ever change what someone ships anyway. If a person feels committed to a ship, he or she will defend it no matter what.
Let’s make this week a civil one, then.
Keep calm and ship on, fandom.
Brittana is Love.
I’ll see you on Thursday, everyone.
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