Ah, Supernatural. You certainly know how to bring on the drama. From the infamous November 5th, 2020 to continue to resurrect from its freshly turned grave about new fandom drama, there’s always something going on in the fandom. Yet, if you look on Tumblr & TikTok, then you’ll see a bunch of fans throwing shade toward one Jared Padalecki.
Why is that? Why is Padalecki problematic? Uh . . . well that’s a long, laundry list of things to get through. Instead of going through that sordid history, we’ll be focusing on the most active and recent year of Padalecki being problematic for the Supernatural fans, which is 2021. With Walker season 2 on the horizon, we have to wonder if this behavior will impact the sophomore CW series.
Our answer? Probably not. If a CW series lasts past season 1, then nine times out of ten it tends to last a couple of seasons at least. We don’t think that Walker will be heading anywhere, even with its star being problematic.
“Et tu, Brute?”: June 2021
After Supernatural ended, Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles seemed to have drifted apart. Not that they were super active on social media, to begin with, but they weren’t interacting with each other far as anyone could see. When it was announced that Ackles was going to develop a prequel series for Supernatural, Padalecki didn’t know about it: the famous “Et tu, brute”.
Apparently, their PR teams forced them together to talk things out. Or, at least, do so for the fans who were all living with this fallout. Like, seriously, it was a wild couple of days on the Internet with Supernatural fans going to town and non-Supernatural fans on the sidelines, eating popcorn.
Denver Con 2021: October 2021
Then, there were the Denver Con 2021 comments. In October 2021, there was a convention in Denver, duh. At the convention, Jared Padalecki went on a rant about Dean (Ackles) & Castiel’s (Misha Collins) love story after a fan asked a question. Many thought the whole rant was in poor taste as a) no one asked him and b) he ended up comparing the relationship of Dean & Cas to “incest”, which is a big yikes.
Fans are still freaking out about it. There are also rumors of Jensen Ackles & Jared Padalecki fighting behind the scenes before acting all “buddy-buddy” for the fans. It’s a whole thing. Either way, people are feeling like Padalecki was being majorly homophobic. And, oh boy, people are still debating that on Twitter to this day. It’s like the second result when you type his name into the search bar on the site.
Good question, we don’t know. Presumably, Padalecki will continue to appear on Walker in order to get those views and eyeballs on him. Who knows? He could leave in a cloud of bad vibes and stories of an unsafe set like Ruby Rose. Either way, we’re in for the long haul with the Supernatural drama unfolding in new and ever more exhaustingly fascinating waves.
Like what? Well, Misha Collins apparently released a book of poetry. Literally, everyone but Padalecki and his wife has commented on the release of it, according to the Supernatural fandom. Whether or not the narrative of Jensen Ackles & Jared Padalecki: best friends & brothers is true or not remains to be seen. What we do know is that there has been some friction in the past year.
To which we say: big yikes, bro. Still, you can bet if things devolve even further that the Supernatural fandom will appear to comment on the drama like the world’s most obsessed Greek chorus out there, bless.
Do you think Jared Padalecki is problematic? What do you think the next big scandal in the Supernatural fandom will be? Let us know in the comments down below.