MTV will air its “Fandom Awards” program tonight (Sunday, 12 July 2015). I’ll admit, I was really excited to hear about this. The “About” blurb says this: “Attention fanboys and fangirls: MTV’s Fandom of the Year showdown is back! Which one of your favorite fandoms will rise above the rest in 2015 to take the crown?”
Then I looked at MTV’s web page about the awards.
The award for “Fandom of the Year” was decided by a tournament bracket system. This is where MTV went really, really wrong.
These were the first round matchups for the tournament (with the winners in red):
Avengers: Age of Ultron vs. Fast and Furious 7
Insurgent vs. Mad Max: Fury Road
Guardians of the Galaxy vs. The Hunger Games
Magic Mike XXL vs. Pitch Perfect 2
Empire vs. Game of Thrones
Pretty Little Liars vs. Supernatural
Once Upon A Time vs. Teen Wolf
Arrow vs. The Vampire Diaries
The Mindy Project vs. Faking It
Girl Code vs. Orange is the New Black
Parks & Recreation vs. The New Girl
Broad City vs. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Catfish vs. Dance Moms
Keeping Up With the Kardashians vs. Total Divas
Rupaul’s Drag Race vs. Survivor
Love & Hip Hop vs. Teen Mom OG
Huh? How exactly is MTV defining “fandom”? “A bunch of random things”? Would anyone consider any of the comedies listed to be fandoms? How about the reality shows? Where are classic fandoms like Star Wars, Star Trek, Dr. Who, etc.? Heck, where is The Walking Dead, one of the highest rated television programs of the past five years?
Of course, with voting being done by the MTV viewership, which must be entirely comprised of teenage girls, it is no surprise that The Hunger Games and Insurgent won. The fact that they beat Mad Max and Guardians of the Galaxy is more than a little messed up.
I just couldn’t help myself but to view the remaining rounds:
Round Two (winners in red)
Avengers: Age of Ultron vs. The Hunger Games
Insurgent vs. Pitch Perfect 2
Game of Thrones vs. Teen Wolf
Supernatural vs. Arrow
Faking It vs. The New Girl
Orange is the New Black vs. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Catfish vs. Survivor
Keeping Up With the Kardashians vs. Teen Mom OG
Really? The Hunger Games is better than Avengers: Age of Ultron? Teen Wolf is better than Game of Thrones?!?!?!
Round Three (winners in red)
The Hunger Games vs. Pitch Perfect 2
Teen Wolf vs. Supernatural
Faking It vs. Orange is the New Black
Catfish vs. Keeping Up With the Kardashians
At this point it is so ridiculous that I just don’t even know what to say. I want to see the final round the way I want to watch a car accident.
The Hunger Games
Orange is the New Black
Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Did the Kardashians just make it into the final round of a tournament called “Fandom of the Year”? That family is about as anti-fandom as anything I can imagine.
The winner has already been announced on the website, but I won’t spoil it here. Astute 10-year-olds can probably guess the winner.
Major fail, MTV. You really should be ashamed of yourselves, especially the weekend of Comic-Con.