Please have respect for Ringers/Tolkien fans during the Hobbit.
Don’t go on yelling stuff about Johnlock and Watson during the entire film.
We’ve been waiting over ten years for this, guys.
Thanks and much love,
A fellow Sherlock fan.
P.S. I hope that you enjoy the film and dive into our wonderful fandom if you aren’t a part of it already!
I don’t expect this of any of you (the Sherlock fandom gets a pretty bad rep despite the fact that it’s not much worse than any other fandom I’ve seen; I think the gross bits are just publicised more), but if for some reason you thought that this might be a good idea…
Nope. No way. If this is your first traipse into the world of Tolkien, I also suggest that you sit back and enjoy it for what it is rather than for the roles that the actors may previously have played. It’s a spectacular film franchise.
But really, just enjoy. If you feel more passionately about Sherlock than you do about Tolkien (???) and the LotR stuff just doesn’t do it for you (?????) then go ahead and enjoy it for Freeman and Cumberbatch. But don’t ever, ever spoil it for others.
That’s just shitty.
And no, I am not speaking of anyone specifically since there has been a certain post on my dash more than once, BUT
You do not
by any means
call the police without the CONSENT FROM the person you are calling for.
Some people tend to forget in their empathy that having the police called will not end well for every suicidal person. Here is a list of some reasons.
- The person may come from a dangerous home environment. An abusive home, a dangerous living situation, etc. If the cops were contacted on the report of suicidal ideation, the consequences when said person returns from their 48 hour observation may be deadly within itself.
- If your only lead is a post on tumblr, do some further digging before calling emergency services.
- If you are calling emergency services for any queer/LGBTQ* person, you must do so with the utmost caution. There have been endless reports of Trans* people (especially trans* people of color) being harmed by police or even KILLED from some of these calls.
- Suicidal thoughts and Suicidal impulses are two different things. Suicidal thoughts are common in many mental illnesses and are also a partially common side effect of many behavioral medications. If this is the case for the person you know, aide them in contacting their physicians or psychiatrists rather than scaring them and making them feel as though they are ticking time bomb. Support them.
- SOME PEOPLE CANNOT AFFORD A 48 HOUR STAY AT A HOSPITAL. YEAH, THIS IS A VALID REASON. This is why at my hotline we were taught to ONLY notify emergencyservices when we knew, without a single doubt, that someone was in severe immediate danger and in need of help. IE, ODing, self injury that went to far, claims that they will be jumping off of a building. We never called 911 unless it was needed. Hotlines aren’t just used for calling 911. We are used as a calming system that offers support and referrals and gives someone non-judgmental to speak to.
I know people are going to be annoyed by this post. And by all means, be annoyed. But imagine if you were already at the edge and then you realize that a bunch of strangers are trying to locate you through a post with 600+ notes? Do you think this person is going to feel a sense of relief or a sense of dread and the stigma of shame? I am willing to bet on the second.
Once personal information is spread like that, it can be dangerous. It can be dangerous for the person you’re trying to keep safe! Some families will not react lightly to this. People feel as though they should receive help when they are READY for it, which is completely logical.
I am not saying to stop supporting your friends or those who may be in danger. I am saying that there is a certain amount of care, consideration, and protection that should be practiced when being involved with these situations. Making “SUICIDE ALERT” posts are never, ever a good idea.
That is all.