"People often say, ‘Fans have got their knives out!’ They haven’t got any knives. I haven’t been stabbed. Nothing’s happened. It’s simply a few people typing. I’m glad they’re typing because they’re that involved. But if you can’t handle drama you shouldn’t watch it. Find something else. Go look at poetry. Poetry’s wonderful."- Quote by RUSSEL T. DAVIS taken from an EW.com article by MICHAEL AUSIELLO.
I have some great respect for RTD for dreaming up Torchwood, and the characters, and the narrative from his imagination to begin with. I'm glad he didn't write the storyline just to comply with the wishes of fans, but there's a big difference between holding true to your vision and being downright disrespectful to those that do not agree with you. He's not walking the line very well at all.
That being said, his belittling and dismissal of the fans is terrible here because his comments imply that fans are disposable. In terms of viewership, and ones out of those that will abandon the show probably are, but that doesn't stop his replies from reeking with the obnoxiousness. In terms of viewship, people may indeed just be statistics, but certainly a show's fans and fanbase are made up of people whom have opinions and emotions.
What got to me most were actually his comments on gay rights. His comments about how, "They should simply grow up, do some research, and stop riding on a bandwagon that they actually don’t know anything about" is INCREDIBLY insulting. For one, he immediately assumes that the person/people who asked the question are ignorant of gay rights, thereby automatically making the assumption that they aren't part of the LGBT community themselves, and then proceeds on as if he were the be-all-and-end-all of LGBTS rights and/or activism.
One man's experiences does not the experience (or opinion) of an entire community make. The challenges still go on today, and there are many people who are very knowledgable on the subject. Perhaps there are other members of the LGBT community out there who also mourned the loss of Ianto, who decided to submit a few questions.