What Patton Oswalt Teaches Us About Fan Entitlement
Comedian Patton Oswalt is a hero in the geek community. From his stand-up repertoire to his role in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, his freak flag flies high. And when his wife, Michelle McNamara, died unexpectedly last month, it’s safe to say that most of us shared a small part of that grief. Although there’s a lot to learn from Oswalt — about perserverance to one’s craft, about picking up the pieces after a tragedy, about figuring out how to raise his seven-year-old daughter alone, about life in general — one of the unexpected lessons I’ve gotten from his story is about something we all deal with, from time to time: Fan Entitlement.
It all started with this tweet from an account started under the name of Mark Madden, who had just watching Patton’s new “Talking for Clapping” comedy special on Netflix:
The response — from Oswalt, from his fans, and finally from Madden himself — delivers volumes on fan entitlement.