Boy, did I discover an unexpected Christmas gift today! I was on YouTube, and one of the videos recommended to me was a Q&A from GalaxyCon Louisville back in November featuring Steve Whitmire and Kirk Thatcher:
It’s so great and entertaining and informative just in general, but here is what I particularly like about it:
Lately I’ve been making a really conscientious effort here on the blog to move away from the Schism stuff and stop dwelling on the negativity, etc. because I think that might end up doing more harm than good. (Knowing that Steve reads my blog has made me particularly cautious about that.) Nevertheless, in recent months I’ve reluctantly, yet determinedly, been involved in discussions on forums and social media in which people have rehashed the ridiculous rumors about Steve being difficult to work with, yadda yadda yadda. I’ve been challenging these views, asking where the information came from and basically just trying to hold people to a standard of accountability for the things they put out into the world with the potential to harm others.
Needless to say, people don’t like being challenged, and I’ve met with a lot of scorn, derision, and condescension that eventually reached toxic levels. So I love this Q&A because not only does Kirk Thatcher appear on stage with Steve, not only does he completely validate Steve’s philosophy on the Muppets, but within the first 10 minutes (almost within the first five), he categorically refutes the most persistent of the unfounded rumors so directly and unambiguously that I feel fairly certain that it must have been deliberate.
Though it probably won’t be enough to change the minds of the stubbornly obtuse within the fandom, the confirmation is still immensely gratifying to me. The rest of the panel is really interesting too (especially the part about Prince on Muppets Tonight), but that one section could have been the whole discussion for me, and I would have been satisfied.