Jedward Fans RespondJune 13, 2012 - 12:02pm
We have received many emails in response to the TV Watch column in yesterday’s Connacht Sentinel which we also carried here on www.galwaynews.ie.
They all complain about our reviewer’s comments on Jedward’s ability, style and integrity. Many acknowledge that a reviewer is entitled to express an opinion even though they do not agree with it. Some were abusive.
Below are excerpts from some of the correspondents addressing the points they found contentious. More will be published in next week’s Connacht Sentinel.
While reading this I got so annoyed. I couldn’t believe someone could be so immature and mean about two of the most genuine and kindest guys in the industry…They've helped me through problems at home and in school. Because of them i wake up with a smile on my face every day. They've given me so much confidence. They work SO hard. (Alana)
I am not about to write you a ranting email about how "disappointed" we are and how we "will sue the bones of you" etc... no, I would rather correct your way of thinking and put right your understanding and speak/type to you as human being to human being - because despite common belief, us Jedward fans are human beings too…
Jedward are different. So they don't have the traditional boy-band look like JLS or The Wanted, but what a shame that in this world which is already full of misery and prejudice that we should judge them on their success just because of that? Just like those footballers that were unsuccessful in their match, it doesn't make them any less professional.
So addressing your point about how the TV show was all an act - to some extent yes, it was - but the fans running after the bus, the random rabbits in the hotel room, the costume, the designs, even the hair washing that is all real. That is them, and whether or not you are inclined to believe it when they are working they are in front of cameras so I suppose they don't really have any choice but to play up to them do they? (Becky)
John and Edward ARE as hyper as they are portrayed on television, if not even more! They love what they do and get a kick out of meeting fans, singing and dancing and just having fun! I have no problem at all with your writer not liking John and Edward, everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but making them out to be horrible, when they are so innocent and never did anything wrong is atrocious and Mr. Tierney should be ashamed of himself for bullying two young men.
As for saying their fanbase is 'naïve', this is clearly not the case. John and Edward have a huge fanbase all around Europe because of their success in Eurovision, fine we didn't get points. But we all know that was because of block voting! John and Edward were victorious anyway because they gained large numbers of fans from participating in the Eurovision. (Becka)
Suggesting that they are only 'playing up to the cameras' is absurd and if you ask anybody who has met the twins or works with them they will tell you that that is John and Edward, they give everything 110% and they work tirelessly to achieve their dreams. They aren't playing up to the cameras, that's who they are. Comparing them to other 20 year olds saying "There is no way in the world that two 20 year old could spend every day of their lives as hyper as we see them on screen.” is also wrong.
They are not like other 20 year olds, they are amazing role models to their fans encouraging us that we don't have to drink and smoke and do drugs, like society generally perceive our generation to, to fit in. (Alison)
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