Two Heroic Ladies Together
|Lana Parrilla and Jennifer Morrison.|
Some of these are show promo photos, some are informal selfies from Lana (who likes to post pictures on Twitters), and some, quite frankly, are photoshopped by fans. I don't think anybody really cares about that, and they are expertly done.
|The two appear to get along famously in real life.|
Anyway, hope you enjoy them.
|Yes, these shots apparently are quite real, and they know exactly what they are doing, and I'm sure they all had a good laugh about it afterward, too.|
|Lana is really into selfies, they do look different in poor lighting (as do we all).|
|Yes, people get quite into this shot. I'm surprised they can keep straight faces.|
|Lana always seems to be on the verge of puckering up.|
|Lana always wears leather to ComicCon.|
|Together at last.|
Fans are fans. Period.
As I write this, a full year has passed since the events discussed below, so presumably the whole thing has blown over. No need for anyone else (most importantly yours truly) to get in the midst of a major windshear.
Before getting into this at all, there is some lingo you might not know. Fans nowadays use the word 'ship' in place of 'worship,' presumably because 'worship' sounds kind of gack but, well, that's what is meant by the term. So there are 'shippers' and all sorts of other permutations on that. The word 'ship' has become in certain contexts sort of a synonym for fangirl/fanboy, which terms themselves have achieved the Nirvana of negative connotations (go figure), so the show people in particular don't want to use those kinds of word. Hence, the use of 'ship' and 'shipping' and 'shipmeister' and 'blow the ship down' and so on and so forth homina homina homina.
Second, there is a very vocal contingent of fans who desperately want Emma and Regina to hook up. I can't be any plainer than that, and there is no beating about the bush on this subject. They have fansites and Facebook pages and, well, all sorts of Internet thingies. The Internet has unleashed this sort of phenomenon, wherein vocal fans sort of become ringleaders for a latent desire within the fandom as a whole for certain things to, you know, 'happen' in the show. It's become like cheering on Michael Jordan and the Bulls. In this context it is called the 'Swanqueen' phenomenon (once it gets its own name you know it's a big deal), which word is a combination of Emma Swan and the Regina/Evil Queen. You know, the two together as one.
The show people know all about this, um, shipping of the union of the two ladies, and the actors themselves know all about this, too. How could they not, they all practically live on Twitter these days. They play along as far as they can. Fans are fans, and if fans wanted the leads to be from Zanzibar or from Atlantis or from the far side of the moon, well, why alienate fans? Fans are hard to come by. This is a customer driven business, so you please the customers. If you run a show and are smart, you don't tell fans 'No,' ever; you simply do what you gots to do and lets them find a new cause. Sabes?
Matters came to a head, so to speak, at the end of 2013. Actor Michael Coleman plays Happy the Dwarf, and he decided to stir the fires a bit on, you guessed it, Twitter. Twitter, incidentally, is like a loaded gun, either you keep it in the draw and only take it out with loving care, or you can shoot up the entire house accidentally. And that shooting up of the premises happens way too often, but some folks are slow learners.
Coleman apparently (the Tweets mostly have been deleted, assuming they did exist in the first place, which many people say they saw) shot off a series of Tweets on the subject of SwanQueen. Why he cares a whit about Swanqueen is one of the murkier aspects of the entire affair, it's not as if Happy the Dwarf was going to be, you, know, involved. The gist or tenor or what-have-you of the Coleman Tweets was that the 'Once Upon a Time' people (actors, producers, writers, key grips, best boys) know that the SwanQueen fans are out there, and (here's where the water gets white) the people behind the scenes find the SwanQueen people annoying. He capped matters by pretty definitively Tweeting that Regina and Emma are not ever, ever ever (thank you Taylor) going to hook up, so the SwanQueen fans should just simmer down.
So, well, there. As subsequent events on the show's plot have demonstrated, Coleman was 100% correct and they (co-creators and writers) went in a completely different direction on the romance angle. Yes, there is romance now on 'Once Upon a Time,' but it, er, straight romance. You know, the Disney kind on a Disney show, who'd a thunk? That angle, if you follow the show at all, obviously did not include any SwanQueen pairing.
There is absolutely no indication that IRL (in real life, more lingo there, I'm not trying to be condescending but folks who don't know the terms do exist) Lana Parrilla and Jennifer Morrison like each other, or dislike each other, or are anything other than colleague/pals/actors on the set of 'Once Upon a Time.' I've never seen a hint that they are anything but professional towards each other. If they secretly hate each other, or secretly lust after each other, well, their best acting job of all is keeping that secret. This tempest is all about made-up characters, and the idea of fans agitating in an almost political sense about plot twists that come out of the tip of a writer's pen is quite fanciful, but real. That is what is going on, and they are the fans, and they in a very real sense pay the bills.
Without (thankfully) any further editorial comment from me, below are some of the Tweets that aroused the ire of the SwanQueen fans, and some of the show people's reactions.
So, Coleman just poured more gasoline on the fire (it was late at night, he should have just gone to bed), using some colorful language which twisted some folks' noses way out of joint. If you have spent any time on the Internet, you know what he was in for. But Coleman couldn't let it go.
Oh, my, as Sulu would say. Word of this 'attack on the fandom' spread about as quickly as those Colorado wildfires we always hear about. Damage control was swift and overpowering, with everyone who could possibly have any say over this chiming in faster than you can say, well, 'SwanQueen.'
TBC = To Be Clear. Just to be clear.
A back-bencher does not want the star of the show to resent them. Show co-creator Adam Horowitz practically repeated Lana's Tweet word for word. Hmmmmm.
As mentioned, 'Happy' Coleman ultimately was proven correct (and why not, he's an insider and would know) and the show went in a different direction than the preferred SwanQueen way. What possessed him to divulge show secrets - that's a huge no-no - and antagonize fans in the process is unclear and best left to your imagination. And annoying Lana Parrilla and Jennifer Morrison was probably his biggest mistake of all.
And that's all I have to say about that.