Folks, we’d like to take just a moment to address an issue that never seems to fully go away in the Monkees fandom. It’s arisen yet again in the wake of an answer that thank-your-lucky-stars gave to an Anon earlier today, who asked why she doesn’t post more Peter Tork things on her blog.
In the past, there have been clashes between certain Monkees fans—most notoriously, Mike fans and Davy fans after Davy’s passing. Yet regardless of the Monkee in question, it’s often been quite difficult for anyone to discuss not liking a Monkee for any specific reason, lest said Monkee’s fans catch wind and leap to the fore to wildly bash the so-called “offender.”
…This is not kosher, people.
The number one, super most important thing that anyone who is a fan of ANYTHING (The Monkees, The Beatles, television shows, actors, paper clips) should know is that there is always going to be someone who doesn’t like what you like, or who disagrees with you in some way…but that does not mean that you can’t go right on liking it.
Now, a lot of times, fans do take things personally. That’s the nature of being a fan—you love someone or something, and seeing someone speak badly of that person can feel hurtful, because your feelings are so deep and significant, that somehow anyone offering a dissenting voice just seems wrong.
Guess what? It isn’t wrong, kids. It’s only that person’s opinion, and getting in a huff about it…or worse yet, reading more into it than there is and putting words in people’s mouths…isn’t going to help anything. We at NP know there are lots of Peter lovers out there, and by all means you have every right to go ahead and keep loving him.
BUT…in the same way that you don’t want someone to make you feel like crap because you love every single thing about Peter, it is also not okay to attack or make someone else feel like crap because they don’t.
As Monkees fans, we all face and have faced the challenge of being derided or put down for being fans of a band that so many still insist on calling “fake.” It’s annoying enough to have to deal with that, and so the last thing that any of us want or need is further strife caused by infighting and drama-stirring among each other.
Drunk-dancing Micky Dolenz thanks you for your time, and don’t forget to save the Texas Prairie Chicken.