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Caitlin Moran is a journalist and long-time writer for "The Guardian."
She is most known in fandom for an incident/stunt in which she demanded that Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman read some Johnlock fanfic she’d found on the internet at a promotional event. The event included a Q&A panel for the BFI following the screening of the newest Sherlock episode, due out New Year's Day 2014.
Tensions Between Acafans and For-Profit Commentary
In the academic world, different ethical rules apply to studying people (anthropology, ethnography or psychology) or studying texts (literary analysis, commentary or criticism). While these standards apply to only a small subset of people (acafans or academics who study fandom), a similar conceptual approach may help frame some of the ongoing debate within fandom about linking to public fandom posts. In other words, if fans are to be treated as research subjects (even by other fans), permission to link before discussing would be required. If fans are to be treated as content creators (stories, vids, and art), then permission to link before discussing would not be required.
This conceptual approach (people vs. text) was discussed in fandom circles on tumblr following an incident where Caitlin Moran, a UK writer, asked the actors of a popular TV show to publicly read slash fanfiction excerpts. The overall perception among the fan community was that this was done to mock fans who wrote slash fanfiction.
See more at 'Studying' Fans or Text?.
- Caitlin Moran: my love affair with Sherlock by Caitlin Moran (December 24, 2011)
- Why fans are outraged at Sherlock and Watson reading sexy fanfic, Archived version by Aja Romano (December 16, 2013)
- Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch and fanfic: don't mess with these women (and men) by Dr Brooke Magnanti, formerly known as Belle de Jour, for "The Telegraph" (December 16, 2013)
- Caitlin Moran's Sherlock Fanfiction Stunt Isn't a Big Deal by Pope Alexander (December 16, 2013)
- Sherlock and the Adventure of the Overzealous Fanbase by Laurie Penny for The New Statesman. (January 4, 2014)
- Why it doesn't matter what Benedict Cumberbatch thinks of fan fiction by Elizabeth Minkel (October 17, 2014)
- ‘The Ethical Hearse’: Privacy, Identity and Fandom Online, Archived version by Bethan Jones for The Learned Fangirl (March 25, 2016)