“General Hospital” (GH) spoilers are something GH producer Nathan Varni shares on his Facebook page daily. But yesterday, Tuesday Nov. 24 Varni took GH fans to task in a threatening post that may not get the results he was hoping for – at all.
Varni wrote a longish post attached to the end of spoilers for the Tuesday show. Some of the tougher language from the Varni post include:
“Please wait and see what we have in store for you coming up before you lash out in the comments section…”
“This is my personal Facebook page I just ask your comments are respectful…”
“If you wish to critique the show or post overly negative comments, there are plenty of other places online to do that which encourage such postings…”
“Any aggressively negative postings will be deleted and the user blocked…”
Varni closed with “thank you for watching GH!” Wow. That seems like a pretty aggressive stance to take with fans when General Hospital is doing so poorly in the daytime drama ratings wars.
Wouldn’t it be better for Varni to accept the criticism rather than alienate fans? General Hospital admittedly has some of the most passionate fans around and, to be fair, they can get heated when it comes to plotlines they don’t like.
But shouldn’t Varni and the rest of the GH writers, stars and crew be thrilled that they evoke such a passionate response? After all, if the fans didn’t care so much, imagine how much worse General Hospital’s ratings would be.
As it is, GH is barely head above water, particularly compared to The Young and the Restless which is always at the top of the ratings board.
FYI – Only those who are Facebook friends with Nathan Varni can see the post which was put up on Tuesday afternoon just before the East Coast airing of the November 24th episode of GH. Varni friends all comers (at least he used to).
But if the GH showrunner doesn’t like what you have to say on his page – from here on out, watch out! But to be fair to the fans, Varni uses his “personal” page as a platform for promoting ABC TV shows. He’s not posting vacation pics and chatting with his nana.
Judging by the content on his page, it looks more like a promotional tool than a personal social media account. Just saying… General Hospital is, at the end of the day, a business. And businesses get reviews and feedback – on their social media sites and all across the web.
Perhaps instead of hyper-focusing on the negative, Varni should take all comments with a grain of salt and not as a personal attack. After all, if internet comments came true just by the writing of them, poor Liz Webber (Rebecca Herbst) would have been drawn and quartered by now.
It just feels like Nathan Varni is playing fast and loose with fans that General Hospital so desperately and obviously needs. Even the irate fans count in the ratings, after all. You can check out the full Varni post in the image below and we welcome your comments below (even the angry ones).
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