Sons of Anarchy star Maggie Siff is a little disturbed by how some fans reacted to her character’s turn on the award-winning television series.
Those who aren’t up-to-date on the latest season of the acclaimed FX show should probably proceed with extreme caution. There are a few spoilers lurking in the passages ahead, revelations that could effectively ruin some surprises. If you haven’t seen everything this season has to offer, then you should tread very carefully.
Maggie Siff recently sat down with the folks at Entertainment Weekly to discuss Tara’s recent behavior on Sons of Anarchy. Since some fans aren’t happy with the character’s fake pregnancy and miscarriage on the program, they’ve voiced their anger towards Siff and Tara on message boards and social media. The actress revealed that she tries her best not to read fan reactions to the show.
“I really try not to read those message boards because they make me break out in hives. But I do have some sense of what’s out there,” she explained during a recent radio interview with EW.
The actress continued, “I think it’s the hostility that’s the most disturbing thing — the amount of vehemence or anger or righteousness that people can feel when they say, ‘She should be shot. She should be killed.’ That’s the thing that’s most startling and disturbing, when you really sit down and think about it.”
Another television star who recently experienced fan backlash was The Walking Dead alum Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori). Since her character was emotionally torn between Rick and Shane during the series, many folks weren’t exactly pleased with her behavior. As a result, she discovered that some folks take their viewing habits a little too seriously.
“I was surprised by it. I think there was a lot of richness and complexity to that character and to how Sarah [Wayne Callies] played it. I didn’t understand the reaction at all,” co-star Danai Gurira (Michonne) told Vulture last year.
She added, “I think Lori was really doing the best she could in a very tricky time and a very tricky moment with two very dominant men. It was complicated! But, you know, people tend to blame women for stuff. We get all the flack, which is amazing to me. It happens a lot.”
The next time you feel the need to lash out at Maggie Siff, Sarah Wayne Callies, or other folks who star in hit TV shows, keep in mind that they’re probably reading — and reacting — to some of the stuff you have to say. Above all else: These are just fictional characters on television designed to entertain, not anger, the masses. Take a breath and relax.
Do you agree with Maggie Siff that fans are too hostile towards TV stars and their characters? Does this just come with the territory?