For all of the gracious and loving fans of different realms of nerd-dom, whether it be comic books or Star Wars or video games or what have you, there is a small minority of toxic fans. Unfortunately, these toxic fans, albeit a minuscule percentage, are incredibly loud, especially over social media – and they are relentless and aggressive. Case in point: A slew of fans are sending death threats to actor Wyatt Russell for the role of a FICTIONAL character he portrays in John Walker on The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, putting him on a long list of bullied actors by toxic fans.
Ever since his first appearance as John Walker at the end of the first episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe series, Russell has been attacked and bullied online to the point that he had to walk away from social media altogether. This included death threats just because he is playing an unlikable character who is replacing the beloved Captain America. These toxic Marvel fans (and I use the term ‘fans’ here VERY loosely) are literally threatening this actor’s life over a character he is playing.
This is, of course, unacceptable behavior and, quite frankly, ignorant beyond measure. It is one thing to not like a character, especially one you’re meant to loathe. In fact, there is nothing wrong with wanting that character dealt with in some way in the show or movie they are in. That’s the point. But to attack the actor/actress playing the part as if they are that character in real life is beyond asinine.
So let me get this straight: People are sending Wyatt Russell death threats and he has left social media because of the bullying people have done all because of a MADE UP CHARACTER that he is portraying?? WTF is wrong with people?!?
— Mike Kalinowski (@MikeKalinowski) March 31, 2021
some of y’all are soooo mad that we’re defending wyatt russell from literal death threats and for what? if you wanna defend your fav from hate then fucking do it. nobodies stopping you. if i wanna defend wyatt that’s my prerogative.
— lexi (@zemodance) April 1, 2021
john walker is a character who you might hate/don't like wyatt russell is an ACTOR/HUMAN with feelings so sending him death threats and hate is just wrong. also the hate towards john walker just proves how amazing wyatt is at acting. he deserves better
— stella! simp for sharon carter (@mrximoffs) March 31, 2021
It’s not reported on, but MCU actors have always been sent ridiculous amounts of hate and death threats:
Robert Downey Jr.
And as of recently Wyatt Russell
All for various, but equally stupid reasons
— Okiro (@TheFirstOkiro) March 31, 2021
Toxic fans are a cancer for what is truly the geek renaissance going on today. For so long, people in our fandoms were ostracized and ridiculed. But now, nerd is chic, and the hottest movies and television shows are about the very things we love and have a passion for. But this awful people out there making the rest of us look bad are compromising its very existence. Fans need to bond together and stop letting this toxic group speak for us all.
Have your ever had a ‘toxic fan’ experience with someone? Let us know in the comments below!