It’s June, and there are lots and lots of Pride parades coming up in the following weeks. But what is it that we are proud of?
That’s what the ladies over at AfterEllen.com have asked themselves, and Heather Hogan had some very nice words to say about the HaH fandom:
One the big gay things that filled me up with so much Pride was seeing the Hand aufs Herz fandom get born and grow into something remarkable and powerful. It was little-watched, soapy German drama with one of the sweetest, silliest, funnest lesbian storylines I’ve ever seen. And everybody wanted to watch it. So the fandom raised up teams of translators and recappers and video editors who literally invented ways to share the Jemma love. I one time saw in the comments of YouTube a person translating the German dialogue to Spanish so that someone else could translate it to Italian so that someone else could translate it to Portuguese. Just so a lesbian in Brazil could understand what Jenny and Emma were saying in a 90-second clip. The fandom even convinced the network to add every official Jemma clip to their website so the YouTube videos wouldn’t keep getting yanked down. I’d never seen anything like that fandom and it made my heart so proud. “
I completely agree with Heather. The HaH fandom was and still is amazing. “Hand aufs Herz” and “Jemma” brought so many people from all over the world together in a way that I never would have expected when I started writing about the storyline. When Rosalie & Co.’s server crashed last May, I received emails from Israel, the UK, the U.S., New Zealand, France and Sweden, just to name a few, with words of encouragement and offers of support. This April, almost 8 months after the show had ended, some people traveled thousands of miles not only to see Lucy Scherer perform on stage in “Rebecca”, but also to meet with other “Jemma” fans and celebrate the fandom. There are groups of fans who watch certain episodes of the show at a certain time and then discuss them on the Sat.1-Forum as if it was a brand-new episode. And there are still so many talented writers out there who produce amazing, wonderful pieces of fan fiction every day.
When it comes to “Hand aufs Herz” and “Jemma”, almost everyone who was involved with this project has every reason to be proud – actors and actresses, writers, producers, the crew, the editorial staff at Sat.1 who decided to get in touch with the fans and eventually get rid of the geoblock, and even the fans who spent so many sleepless nights to write recaps and articles, translate episodes and promote the storyline to media outlets all over the world. The only ones who did not cover themselves in glory were the managers in charge at ProSiebenSat.1 who decided to cancel the show only based on ratings, without realizing what an amazing opportunity this little show had become for them.
Luckily, they couldn’t take away what we already had: The “Hand aufs Herz” fandom, an amazing group of people and something to be proud of.