You’ll never guess who I saw last night?? No, not David, sorry … George Clooney! He is in town for the Toronto International Film Festival.
Why am I mentioning Mr. Clooney on a David Archuleta site? Because as I watched the former Dr. Ross make his way around the red carpet barricade signing autographs and chatting away to onlookers, I couldn’t help but notice how calm and relaxed the scene was.
In fact, I almost walked on by as there was no squealing, charging or hysteria.Don’t get me wrong, there was a huge throng there, but they were respectful and laid back.
David’s fans have become famous for their warmth, generosity and loyalty and I hope we also develop a reputation for being respectful. Two recent incidents come to mind that mar this vision, but I hope they are anomalies:
At the VIP session I attended in Hershey in August, as David sat down at his keyboard, he told us he’d be singing Heaven and Crazy. A loud “NO!!!” erupted from the seats to my left. I couldn’t believe my ears. Who the ohmyheck screams “NO!” at the prospect of David Archuleta singing, well, anything? David handled the situation expertly, of course, then asked the rest of us what we’d like to hear. I found out later that this small group had been to several events and were known (to David himself, it seemed) for being, um, full of energy.
The second example is the recent tweet from Charice (about her singing with David on his upcoming Christmas album):
David Archuleta’s FANS. If you hate me then fine. I’M JUST DOING MY JOB. And it’s not my fault if they chose me to sing with David. THANKS.
Now, I realize this overzealous “support” comes with the territory of having fans of all ages, but I hope it will continue to be the exception, not the rule. Although my Webster’s dictionary does remind me the word fan is “probably short for fanatic”…yikes.