Tickets went on sale Tuesday for the 2015 production of Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre starring Benedict Cumberbatch and 100,000 tickets went in ten minutes. You know who does that? Rock stars do that. Music festivals do that. And now, apparently, Cumberbatch does that. And the grumbling about his fandom's behavior for an event that's STILL A YEAR AWAY has already started.
Josh Dickey from Mashable took aim at them last night in an oh-so-Shakespearean fashion. Hi, Josh? Wishing that Cumberbatch's fanbase would suicide en masse so that "normal people" might get to see him doesn't make you a sharp cultural critic, it makes you a mean spirited jackass. It doesn't matter if you thought you were being facetious, frankly, and given the three separate articles with your byline about the death of Robin Williams it was breathtakingly tone deaf. And "normal people" like what, Josh? People who don't write fan fiction, maybe? You might want to discuss that with Mark Gatiss. People who aren't female, maybe? Because, wow, that's a new one. People who realized that these tickets are a hot property and scored before you did? I'd be willing to hazard a guess that that's a little closer to the truth. Oh, wait, did I just make an assumption about you based on something I read online without knowing anything else about you? Huh. Who would do something like that?
To any of you who managed to get tickets, congratulations and have a great time. I may not be part of your clan but I get your excitement and I'm thrilled for all of you. I have no doubt that he's going to be as fantastic as he always is. Total ninja, that one. I think some Cumberbatch might be in order here, don't you? Have a great day!