Sounds like it was ripped right from an episode of Scandal: reports surfaced yesterday that a high-level ABC Network executive may have been behind a controversial Scandal-fan blog titled Scandal 411. The blog, along with its Twitter handle @Scandal411 (which has since been deleted), achieved nearly 25,000 followers on Twitter, but oftentimes found itself in hot water because of profanity laced tweets, arguing with fans over the show’s direction and spoiling storylines in advance. Here, from The Daily Mail is a sample of their since-deleted tweets:
A tweet from September 22 read, ‘If cursing offends you I apologize in advance … block me if you’d like … Don’t think for a second I won’t be pointing out glaring absurdities or errors when I start writing about Season 3. I will, however, point them out with a lot of ‘f–ks’ and hopefully with a lot of humor.’
TheWrap.com was the first to report, according their anonymous sources, that a woman named Courtney Pajor, a sales specialist from ABC’s New York City offices is “one of the most influential fan voices on Scandal” and is indeed behind the @Scandal411 twitter and the Scandal411 blog. TheWrap also reported that they have documents linking Pajor to the website/account.
Perhaps in a moment of panic, @Scandal411 was deleted from Twitter within hours of the report being leaked. Quickly the person surfaced as @GrantforPrez, but has since deleted that account, as well.
— Joseph Kapsch (@JosephKapsch) October 24, 2013
Hours after other news sites such as EW.com, New York Daily News and The Daily Mail picked up on the story, ABC representatives followed up with a statement ‘confirming’ that Pajor is not behind the Scandal twitter/fan site:
“After an exhaustive investigation, we have determined that Courtney Pajor is NOT the creator or driving force behind Scandal411, nor do we have reason to believe she had anything to do with the website or twitter account. The fact is, Scandal411 was the brainchild of an ex roommate of Courtney’s, who has no affiliation with ABC or the program.”
However, if I were to believe anything that I’ve learned while watching Scandal is that you don’t always have to believe whatever the higher power tells you. It sounds pretty convenient that Pajor’s former roommate is the culprit. What doesn’t sound good is that somebody who works for the network is actively promoting a show they are probably being paid to promote through “formal” ways: advertising, promotions, in an off-color way as a rabid, diehard, loyal fan. If this person was being paid by ABC to promote the show on an official capacity, what does this say about the way he/she circulated the web as Scandal411? Were they posing as a fan to generate buzz for the show and for the network, or was he/she just simply a dedicated, authentic fan of the show who happened to work for the network? Here is just a taste of what Scandal fans are thinking:
— Danielle (@DaniLady82) October 24, 2013
Just found out about #Scandal411 & don’t know how to feel but confused. Call me gullible.
— Mardriss (@ScandalN2Deep) October 24, 2013
There are those in the Scandal fan community that have shown their support for this person, whether it is Pajor or not and whether or not ABC is behind this.
— ScandalOPsessed (@ScandalOPsessed) October 23, 2013
@GrantForPrez I love how Scandal411 pulled a Lindsay Dwyer on us. Wake up one morning and she’s got a new identity!
— ✨Over A Cliff✨ (@SweetBabyOlitz) October 23, 2013
— OliviaForFirstLady (@OliviaForLady) October 23, 2013
Or are they fans? Here is a supportive tweet from Lyn Paolo, Scandal’s costume designer.
@GrantForPrez So glad to know where to find you…I was a bit put out by all those shenanigans yesterday,glad you’re ok. Love the new handle
— lyn paolo (@LynPaolo) October 23, 2013
Things that make you go hmm…
While all content from Scandal411.com has since been deleted (although I do have a few lingering posts from my RSS feed of their website, which they linked to their twitter account), the person in question did leave an apologetic, heartfelt blog post, in which they label Scandal as a ‘fun escape’ that allowed them to open up to others in this community.
No word on when Scandal411 will emerge next, but I’ll hedge a bet that’ll happen the next time Scandal drums up a crazy, twisty, good storyline.
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