I Think It’s Pet Peeve Week: Spoilers

by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on October 8, 2012

in All About Me,Observations,TV

I read somewhere that this is Pet Peeve Week.

Don’t ask me if it’s a real thing because I probably just dreamt it. Just like I dreamt last night that my neighbors built a disappearing pool, and I had to go out back this morning to see if it was really true. It wasn’t.

Let’s just go with it being actual Pet Peeve Week.

Spoilers.

Spoilers are my pet peeve.

People who give away story details are assholes. Yes, I said it. ASSHOLES.

Thanks to the magical internet and the invention of the glorious social media world, spoilers are more prevalent than ever. It’s not just my mother-in-law saying, “Oh, watch this part. It’s really funny!” or my dad saying, “Oh, pay attention to this. You need to know what they’re saying,” while watching a movie they’ve already seen. They’re just annoying, and I can tell them to shut their traps.

It’s the fools who watch and live-tweet a (non-award) TV show and talk about specific facts just to make them feel like they’re better than you because they get to see the show first.

Assholes.

I’m an East coast girl. I have sympathy for my friends on the other side of the country who won’t get to watch what I may be watching for another 3 hours. I also think about my fellow friends who may be recording a show to watch later as I do more often than not.

I’m considerate in my tweeting spoilage; I don’t do it.

Taking to social media to mention you’re watching Grey’s Anatomy at 9:54 EST on a Thursday night is acceptable. Go ahead and vaguely mention that you hate where the story is heading! Revel in the depravity of an unnamed character’s demise! Complain that Jackson’s hair is appalling! Shout to the world that it’s the best episode you’ve ever seen! Tell your friends they must must must watch tonight’s episode!

But DAMMIT ALL TO HELL, don’t go on Twitter at 9:54 EST on a Thursday night saying, “I CAN’T BELIEVE McSTEAMY IS DEAD!”

You? Are an asshole.

I’m officially putting a 24-Hour Spoiler-Free Buffer on all social media outlets by which NO ONE may give away details regarding a TV show. This gives all of us who record TV shows a buffer by which we can comfortably take to social media without reading spoilers and have the opportunity to watch the show with fresh eyes.

You had your turn, let the rest of us have ours.

Don’t be an asshole. Save the specifics for tomorrow.

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1 Michelle October 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Spoilers don’t bother me, but I can see where it could with other people. I never tweet during a show anyways, except for the rare awards show.
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2 Mom2jazz October 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm

McSteamy is dead????

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3 Michelle T-W October 9, 2012 at 9:15 am

^^^ What she said?!?!?!? I haven’t watched since Izzy got cancer..frick I’m behind.

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4 Corey Feldman October 9, 2012 at 9:51 am

Yeah I hate spoilers too, but I have gotten used to them because of the way I watch tv. For instance I’m still on last season of Grey’s Anatomy.
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5 Triplezmom October 9, 2012 at 11:03 am

I don’t like spoilers. I think people who don’t mind them are weird. And I wish everyone would stop live tweeting everything. It’s not interesting unless the tweeter is actually present. Or it’s during a political debate.
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6 Laurie October 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I totally hate spoilers, especially since I never watch TV live – I record everything and watch it later, so it could be a day, it could be a few hours, it could be a few weeks. But there’s nothing I hate more than checking my Google reader a few hours after a show has aired and getting spoiled in the title of a blog post. At least have the decency to bury it after the read more link so I know to skip that post until later.

Not to mention that for some of the US cable channels, we get the shows months after it airs, and no matter how hard I tried, I still know how this season of Drop Dead Diva ends, even though we’re only at like episode 4 here. :(

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7 Neeroc October 26, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Guess what? There’s an app for that! http://tweex.tv/
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