A lot has been made of Alex as gay representation, but I haven’t really seen anyone talk about what he does for stereotypes of anxiety.
Every performance narrative I have ever seen that attempts to depict anxiety, in books, tv, movies, whatever, has the anxious performer anxious about performing. Sometimes it’s depicted as a hurdle to overcome; sometimes the character running to the bathroom to puke is played for laughs. ALWAYS it is stage fright.
I’m a performer, and part of the reason I am is that I learned early on that the stage is the only place where I’m not anxious. Onstage, I am in control. The audience is here for me, they can’t judge or scold or shun me unless I let them, and at the end of the night they go home. If we ever meet again, it’s because they liked my work and want more. It is a level of control over interaction that cannot be replicated in anything more intimate, and so a level of relief that I don’t know how to describe to people who haven’t experienced it.
Alex loves music. He genuinely expresses a desire not only to play, but to perform and become famous from it. He’s never afraid of a show. Do you realise how huge that is? Anxiety that doesn’t follow every non-anxious person’s favourite, easy-to-relate-to narrative? As a kid my anxiety was constantly invalidated because “you’re a dancer, how could a conversation scare you when you go up onstage all the time” - or, alternately, people would infantilise me come showtime because they couldn’t be bothered to listen when I said I was fine.
Alex isn’t afraid to perform. Nobody treats Alex like glass around shows. He jumps into improvisation as easily as his non-anxious bandmates. There is no anxious character who has ever made me feel more seen and understood in this regard than Alex Mercer, and I think that’s worth talking about
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JATP APPRECIATION MONTH – SCHEDULE
Thank you so much for everyone that took a part in answering our form. Your answers have help massively in making this month what it is. For a few of the prompts we have decided to give a more vague topic to give everyone an opportunity to give appreciation for the thing that matters the most to them personally.
Though, although we want to see as many people as possible participating it’s important to us that it all is kept respectful, therefore we have compiled a list of rules we expect people to follow during this month.
Make sure you take your time to read through those!
We also want to make a reminder that all participation is optional and this is all just for fun!
We have taken all of your opinions into consideration and this is the results we came up with:
WEEK ONE – Characters
With a big majority it was obvious that you wanted to give appreciation for the characters of the show. After all, they are what makes the show what it is. These are the characters that got the most votes in our form. Still wants to give appreciation to someone that isn’t listed here? You have the opportunity to do so on September 29th!
SEPTEMBER 1ST, Wednesday – Julie
SEPTEMBER 2ND, Thursday – Alex
SEPTEMBER 3RD, Friday – Luke
SEPTEMBER 4TH, Saturday – Flynn
SEPTEMBER 5TH, Sunday – Reggie
SEPTEMBER 6TH, Monday – Willie
SEPTEMEBER 7TH, Tuesday – Carrie
WEEK TWO – Songs
We realise that everyone’s taste is different, there are songs that not everyone vibes with and therefore it didn’t feel right to choose for you on what to show appreciation for, so we went with prompts. This way it’s all up to you guys to decide on your own:
SEPTEMBER 8TH, Wednesday – Favorite Julie and the Phantoms song(s)
SEPTEMBER 9TH, Thursday – Favorite Dirty Candy song(s)
SEPTEMBER 10TH, Friday – Favorite Sunset Curve song(s)
SEPTEMBER 11TH, Saturday – Favorite Hollywood Ghost Club song(s)
SEPTEMBER 12TH, Sunday – Favorite solo song(s)
SEPTEMBER 13TH, Monday – Favorite lyric(s)
SEPTEMBER 14TH, Tuesday – Favorite song(s) from the cast
WEEK THREE – Ships
We realise that everyone’s taste is different, there are ships that not everyone vibes with and therefore it didn’t feel right to choose for you on what to show appreciation for, so we went with prompts. This way it’s all up to you guys to decide on your own:
SEPTEMBER 15TH, Wednesday – Favorite Romantic Ship(s)
SEPTEMBER 16TH, Thursday – Favorite Friendship(s)
SEPTEMBER 17TH, Friday – Favorite Familial Relationship(s)
SEPTEMBER 18TH, Saturday – Favorite Fanon Ship(s)
SEPTEMBER 19TH, Sunday – Favorite Found Family Relationship(s)
SEPTEMBER 20TH, Monday – Favorite Under-appreciated Ship(s)/Ship(s) you want to see more of.
SEPTEMBER 21ST, Tuesday – Free Choice
WEEK FOUR – Episodes
Unfortunately we don’t have enough days of the week to appreciate all nine episodes, so, these are the episodes that got the most votes in our form. Still wants to give appreciation to an episode that isn’t listed here? You have the opportunity to do so on September 29th!
SEPTEMBER 22ND, Wednesday – 1.01 Wake Up
SEPTEMBER 23RD, Thursday – 1.02 Bright
SEPTEMBER 24TH, Friday – 1.03 Flying Solo
SEPTEMBER 25TH, Saturday – 1.06 Finally Free
SEPTEMBER 26TH, Sunday – 1.07 Edge of Great
SEPTEMBER 27TH, Monday – 1.08 Unsaid Emily
SEPTEMBER 28ST, Tuesday – 1.09 Stand Tall
EXTRA DAYS –
SEPTEMBER 29TH, Wednesday – Free choice
Anything you feel like haven’t gotten the appreciation you feel like it deserves? This is your day to boost just that! We realise that not everything could have could have been covered by the previous prompts so we wanted to give everyone the chance to still show appreciation for it!
SEPTEMBER 30TH, Thursday – Fan Appreciation day
To finish up this month we want to give appreciation to everyone that makes this fandom what it is, the fans! Shoutout your favorite creators, boost your favorite fics, you name it! This is your day!
We hope as many people as possible wants to participate and celebrate JATP’s birthday with us!
Nell @owenmercers, Kit @willexxmercer and Beau @oldsmobile-hotdogs
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My neurodivergent Julie thoughts are not as clear as the ones for Flynn or Luke or Reggie but she’s neurodivergent and I’m right
1. She is bouncy and gestural, sometimes as an outpouring of emotion and sometimes to make sure she’s really conveying her meaning because she’s afraid people might not get her point if she doesn’t gesticulate
2. All the moments where she says a thing and is then like “oh wait that does not track to anyone but me” - source: “someone should let it out” was a great line and she only backtracked because she realised Nick didn’t follow her train of thought
3. the way she avoids music to me is like... her rule is that music belongs with her mom. how can she do music if her mom isn’t here? This is a huge mood with me, like even when you know it would be fine and even good for you to break the system your brain sets up, if the condition isn’t met then you can’t do it - and tied in with grief? yeah
4. some people have pointed out how she draws boundaries for herself but ends up crossing Luke’s with unsaid emily and honestly I would do that, like she’s not inconsiderate of his feelings but has moments of “if this thing works then it will be better so why not do it” like. it seems so straightforward, so she acts on it, which is exactly how my brain works and why certain problems and people are so frustrating to me because the answer seems so obvious
anyway there’s no real point to this i just think she’s an icon and also neurodivergent thank you for your time
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