I have debated what to write the past couple of weeks for the blog, I do have articles I want to publish, but the decision to do so has not been an easy one. Part of the conflict for me is the hardship that America and California have seen recently. It would be selfish just to go on and pretend life is normal, especially when a lot of folks have been quiet on social media. The quietness can be an indicator of what do you say when not one or two but three tragedies hit in the country you live in coupling that with uncertainty as well as tragedy.
The main team for Supernatural including crew and cast are spread over a bit of North America, writers and the company that owns the TV network for Supernatural live in California, the show is filmed in Vancouver and Jensen and Jared have homes in Texas, where they grew up.
The most recent tragedy that is still unsettled is the Californian wildfires. In Australia, we had seen several devastating fires, the most recent when a new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had come into government and a devastating fire hit the state of Victoria. We are familiar here with the devastation of fire it is heartbreaking to see your home country in turmoil.
The aftermath of the mid-term hit some of the cast hard, as they encourage people to vote, getting behind issues that are important to them but nothing in politics happens overnight. I personally suspect that the backlash in America is due to a minimum wage of $7 an hour, the GFC of 2008 plus the horrendous health care system that has left some homeless due to medical bills they can’t afford. And here I will go off into a bit of a tangent. The American statue of Liberty was a gift to the new republic of America by France when they won their independence from England and became a sovereign country and not a colony working to pay England taxes.
History teaches us that when the middle class suffer a country will suffer the consequences. France came to the aid of America gave them a very expensive gift but bankrupted themselves in the process thus bringing about the French Revolution. Sadly, America’s middle class is in a similar path with 2/3rds of the population struggling with a lack of medical care as well, and this automatically becomes a social problem as history teaches us.
Shooting in California
We are allies of North America and unless you have no internet or TV the news of the Thousand Oaks shooting has reached most of us. Again, America is saying well Australia has gun control and we should too. I will share that bringing in those gun laws was no easy task, the process nearly split our country apart. People had to re-register their guns, there were restrictions on what they could keep, they then had to surrender guns to local police stations if they did not qualify to keep guns or a certain type of gun. It is not an easy task, and neither New Zealand or Australia are a gun culture like America.
Anybody in fandom that has met folks from Supernatural would know they are passionate about their politics, which is understandable it is their home country.
I personally am not impartial to their struggles due to belonging to a huge family that live all over the world. My Great, Great, Grandfather live in San Francisco, California during the gold rush and other family members settled in Vancouver, Canada after WW2. We also are living in a closer global community now due to social media we are impacted daily but events everywhere, fandom is growing closer to the Supernatural cast and crew, so it would seem to be selfish to watch a 14-year-old show, enjoy it and share the goings on without thanking the time to record the hard few weeks they have had to endure.