When I was initially asked about writing for Dean Blundell Dot Com I was ecstatic. I’ve been casually grinding as a writer for years without making much headway and suddenly it felt like I was being called up to the Big Leagues. BUT, there was a part of me that was concerned about aligning myself with Mr. Blundell’s reputation. When I told my wife about my “big break” she had an almost identical response. Optimism with an asterisk.
So when things started to go sideways on him yesterday what’s a writer to do?
Firstly, I knew something was going on because I also run The Dean Blundell Show Instagram account and get notifications every time Dean tweets. At first it was just the usual nobody’s challenging him and calling him names. But then, as Dean would call them, “the Blue Checkmark Brigade” started commenting and piling on without having read the article in question.
I was starting to get defensive of my guy Dean but Dean’s a big boy, he can fight his own fight.
Then he was trending on Twitter as the back and forth exchanges caught fire and more people started to slag him and bring up the past.
Back to my initial question, what’s a writer to do? Do I defend my guy and potentially harm my own reputation which doesn’t even really exist? Do I bail on Dean and get off this train? Do I try to capitalize on my association with Dean and accept that even bad publicity is good publicity? Or do I just stay silent on the sidelines and watch it all?
I knew I wasn’t going to bail on Dean. He’s atoned for his past sins and in this instance the masses were wrong. They got lured into an argument without understanding the argument. So I opted to meekly defend Dean in my own way. I’d take a comment that supported him and add #ImWithDean or Retweet the occasional message but mostly, I stayed out of it. It wasn’t my fight to fight. And isn’t that kind of the whole point of yesterday?