Well, here’s some fun news that perfectly reflects the way some people get too invested in their favorite television shows.
Spoiler alert, by the way, for the big secret that’s hiding in the most recent episode of “This is Us”.
This is the secret; the big mystery that the show’s been teasing us with since the first episode. Finally, we know exactly how Jack dies.
The episode conveniently ends before we actually get to see what really does him in, but perhaps that’s for the best, as everything leading up to the end of the episode suggests that his demise is not exactly going to be pretty.
Apparently, the writers of “This is Us” have decided that they’ve only got one shot at killing off Jack, so they’re going to do it in the most gruesome, memorable way possible: he’s going to burn to death as the result of a horrifying electrical fire.
Wow. This show really took a turn into a dark and deeply unpleasant realm of nightmares. Couldn’t Jack just have a heart attack or something so we don’t have to think about how long and agonizing it must be to be set on fire?
It’s possible that “This is Us” has taken things a little too far, as many fans of the show are expressing their anger and hatred at the dreaded cause of this terrifying inferno.
As a show of solidarity with Jack and his adorable family, fans on Facebook have decided that they are all going to throw away their Crock-Pots.
Yup, that makes sense.
You see, in the episode, the fire is started by faulty wiring in an old Crock-Pot, which sparks at the wrong moment and sets light to a nearby dishcloth.
Fine, whatever, this fire has to start somehow.
What makes less sense is the legion of fans that are now blaming the Crock-Pot brand specifically for Jack’s demise.
Before you start assuming that this is just a vocal minority of Crock-Pot owning “This is Us” fans, it’s worth bearing in mind that some poor, belleagered customer service employee at the company has been busy responding to hatemail ever since the episode aired.
Here’s one such response, posted on Facebook by an angry fan who personally wrote to Crock-Pot to complain about their product killing a fictional character:
“Jack Pearson was our Valentine so we equally understand your pain with his loss. We love him and we love you too. Don’t further add to our heartbreak by no longer using Crock-Pot Slow Cookers, rest assured our products have been generationally tested by your family and friends.”
This isn’t an isolated incident; here’s a similar response sent out to another angry fan:
“We’re heartbroken over last night’s episode too!… [W]e’re innocent until proven guilty.”
This is just ridiculous.
If you’re angry at Jack’s death, that’s fine. It’s not like the show didn’t give you warning that we were headed here eventually, but in fairness, it’s pretty disturbing to imagine such a beloved character going out in such a painful, traumatic manner.
That said, do not take out your anger on a cooking company that had absolutely nothing to do with Jack’s death.
Just to be clear, Crock-Pot did not murder Jack. If anyone killed him, it was the writers, who decided that his death had to be such an integral part of the show.
Keep using your Crock-Pot. Check the wiring on your appliances, certainly, but don’t send hate mail to a company just because their product was namedropped during an emotional moment in a completely fictitious television series.
Honestly, it seems like Crock-Pot is completely within its rights to sue over this issue. This is a nonsense story, and the reaction from fans is nothing short of baffling.
Worst. Product placement. Ever.