By Ashley Hofmaster
- ex? EX? FREAKING EX?!!!?? #thanksforruiningmylastbitofhope #GreysGays #GreysAnatomy #Calzona
- It bums me out to watch Meredith and Christina break up #greysanatomy
- Do I really want to watch a gay couple dealing w/cancer on #GreysAnatomy?
- Aye! Another gay, biracial couple! #GreysAnatomy
- Damn it Shonda, hasn’t Bailey been through enough? #GreysGays
- #GreysAnatomy of course Arizona referred to Callie as her ‘ex’, she’s banging Leah so it would be odd if she implied they’re still together. #GreysAnatomy
While watching Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday, November 7th I watched a twitter to see what people were saying while using hashtags. The hashtag I followed during the television show was #greysanatomy. I picked this hashtag because I figured it would be the easiest to follow and I would get the most and broadest amount of information. As I was watching I noticed another hashtag trending, #greysgays. Grey’s Anatomy contains a cast that is racially and sexually diverse. This is different than most television shows, especially other shows that deal with hospitals, like House. Most people that were tweeting about the show seemed pretty open to homosexuality. They even created tweeted relationship names like #Calzona for Callie and Arizona’s lesbian relationship. Only one tweeter that I noticed that was against it was the 3rd tweet listed above.
I think that Grey’s Anatomy does a good job portraying different types of relationships and how they can be relatable to most people watching. The characters in this show have different body types, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and different backgrounds; the only thing not really clear was the class of the people on the show. We can assume that the nurses and doctors on the show since they work together have similar financial backgrounds.
The people tweeting about the show seemed to be fans because they commented on how this season has been different from the others. Some people tweeting even had twitter names that referenced Grey’s Anatomy or their character picture was something from the show. Another thing I noticed about the people tweeting was there were not many tweets that called out racial differences and sexually difference, and if they did, it was accepting. The age group of the people tweeting was probably pretty similar, like a range of teens to adults. It appeared that the majority of the people tweeting about the show were woman. This could be because the show relies heavily on the drama and the personal lives of the characters.
I think the insight behind watching the live tweeting and the primetime television show at the same time was the fan culture behind the show. One thing that kept coming up on the twitter feed was something about a free sticker for Grey’s Anatomy fans if you went to a certain hashtag or link. This is not perceived when you just watch a television show. The free sticker giveaway also shows how consumption is intertwined in primetime television. Also, the dedication of some viewers was impressive and that insight into the obsession could only really be achieved while watching the live tweets. Some people would get into the show late and ask for people to catch them up on what they missed; that shows how there are a community of viewers surrounding the show. In my experience, there did not appear to be many celebrities tweeting along with the show with the hashtags I followed.