Okay, Lanie is the only person involved with the online XF fandom that I'm sure reads this. But whatever, this needs to be said.
Donating money to these "Thank You ______" ad campaigns is the most profound waste of money I could possibly concieve of. These ads cost upwards of $2000. The Thank You Robert
ad is going to be $2900, and the Thank You Mitch
ad is currently going for an asinine $3,220.
Yes, I realize that any extra money donated is going to charity. But how much is that
going to be? Do you all realize how much any number of charities could use the thousands of dollars that are instead going to be used to pay for a stupid black-and-white ad that will only run for one day?
I know for a fact that Nicholas Lea would rather have that money given to charity in his name to thank him rather than a stupid ad, as he's said it several times in interviews, and I'm 99.999% sure that every other actor that you freaks are thanking would rather have the money going towards their thank you ad donated to charity as well.
Just because it doesn't get media attention doesn't mean it's not good enough. I'm sure the actors you're thanking have no need to have all of Hollywood know that their fans are grateful for their work. Yes, it's nice, but they don't need it. And that's not saying that donating the money to charity wouldn't get media attention: 1) because several thousand dollars is quite a lot of money to be donated at once, especially if it's in the name of some actor; and 2) because you could certianly notify the media saying, "Dudes, we're raising money to donate to whichever charity in the name of whoever in thanks for however many years of work they put into The X-Files." I'm sure someone
would be having a slow enough news day that they would cover it.
No offense to the people running these campaigns and/or donating to them, but it's retarded
. If you happen to be one of those people, I suggest considering taking the money that you've earned so far and any money donated in the future and donating it to the actor's favorite charity in thier name and (possibly) contacting some media outlet telling them what you're doing if media attention is what you crave, or if you're just one of the people donating money, contact the webmaster of these operations and suggest that they donate the money to something more important than Variety
or The Hollywood Reporter