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Is former 'Supernatural' actor Jared Padalecki problematic? Learn some of the details of his *very* problematic 2021 within the 'Supernatural' fandom.

Why is ‘Supernatural”s Jared Padalecki so problematic?

Ah, Supernatural. You certainly know how to bring on the drama. From the infamous November 5th, 2020 to continue to resurrect from its freshly turned grave about new fandom drama, there’s always something going on in the fandom. Yet, if you look on Tumblr & TikTok, then you’ll see a bunch of fans throwing shade toward one Jared Padalecki. 

Why is that? Why is Padalecki problematic? Uh . . . well that’s a long, laundry list of things to get through. Instead of going through that sordid history, we’ll be focusing on the most active and recent year of Padalecki being problematic for the Supernatural fans, which is 2021. With Walker season 2 on the horizon, we have to wonder if this behavior will impact the sophomore CW series.

Our answer? Probably not. If a CW series lasts past season 1, then nine times out of ten it tends to last a couple of seasons at least. We don’t think that Walker will be heading anywhere, even with its star being problematic.

“Et tu, Brute?”: June 2021

After Supernatural ended, Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles seemed to have drifted apart. Not that they were super active on social media, to begin with, but they weren’t interacting with each other far as anyone could see. When it was announced that Ackles was going to develop a prequel series for Supernatural, Padalecki didn’t know about it: the famous “Et tu, brute”.

Apparently, their PR teams forced them together to talk things out. Or, at least, do so for the fans who were all living with this fallout. Like, seriously, it was a wild couple of days on the Internet with Supernatural fans going to town and non-Supernatural fans on the sidelines, eating popcorn. 

Denver Con 2021: October 2021

Then, there were the Denver Con 2021 comments. In October 2021, there was a convention in Denver, duh. At the convention, Jared Padalecki went on a rant about Dean (Ackles) & Castiel’s (Misha Collins) love story after a fan asked a question. Many thought the whole rant was in poor taste as a) no one asked him and b) he ended up comparing the relationship of Dean & Cas to “incest”, which is a big yikes

Fans are still freaking out about it. There are also rumors of Jensen Ackles & Jared Padalecki fighting behind the scenes before acting all “buddy-buddy” for the fans. It’s a whole thing. Either way, people are feeling like Padalecki was being majorly homophobic. And, oh boy, people are still debating that on Twitter to this day. It’s like the second result when you type his name into the search bar on the site. 

What next? 

Good question, we don’t know. Presumably, Padalecki will continue to appear on Walker in order to get those views and eyeballs on him. Who knows? He could leave in a cloud of bad vibes and stories of an unsafe set like Ruby Rose. Either way, we’re in for the long haul with the Supernatural drama unfolding in new and ever more exhaustingly fascinating waves.

Like what? Well, Misha Collins apparently released a book of poetry. Literally, everyone but Padalecki and his wife has commented on the release of it, according to the Supernatural fandom. Whether or not the narrative of Jensen Ackles & Jared Padalecki: best friends & brothers is true or not remains to be seen. What we do know is that there has been some friction in the past year.

To which we say: big yikes, bro. Still, you can bet if things devolve even further that the Supernatural fandom will appear to comment on the drama like the world’s most obsessed Greek chorus out there, bless.

Do you think Jared Padalecki is problematic? What do you think the next big scandal in the Supernatural fandom will be? Let us know in the comments down below.

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  • Honestly I think this story is catty and sophomoric. A fair majority of us aren’t very concerned about the juvenile melodrama on Twitter and tumblr. We know it’s a combination of hearsay and some extreme slash fans that didn’t get their way.
    This too will pass. ……..But faux news seems here to stay.

    October 28, 2021
    • I think I agree with you, Rosanna. For one thing Jared and Jensen really do know each other after starring together for over 15 years in a difficult show to produce. They played brothers and were with each other more than real brothers usually are. But they have now moved into their own worlds of family and projects. They are just people working on different things. Friends sometimes fight. Big deal. They are good men.

      September 13, 2022
  • No. Jared is not problematic. The only people who think he is are people who don’t like him, and those are generally people who are fans of Misha Collins and of Destiel.

    October 29, 2021
    • what’s wrong with being a fan of misha..?

      September 3, 2023
  • Nobody’s perfect, not even Jared. Problem is, he never apologizes and never learns from his mistakes.
    He needs to grow up and stop behaving like a boy.
    He’s 40, it’s time.

    November 2, 2021
  • Comparing homosexualty to incest and pedophilia was really upsetting and potentially harmful to the LGBTQIA community. I also think that him attacking a writer on Twitter and calling him a coward publicly only to never apologize publicly was incredibly juvenile and upsetting to most of the decent people that witnessed it. He isn’t irredeemable, but definitely needs to be a better person and apologize and learn from his mistakes before he can expect respect from reasonable people.

    November 3, 2021
  • Yes, he is problematic and never apologizes, never learns.
    I had written this before and comment got deleted.

    November 3, 2021
  • He is problematic. Hope he gets better.

    November 3, 2021
  • This story is incredibly one-sided and leaves out crucial facts about Jared. Seems the writer must be a fan of Destiel & uses their platform to spread & “legitimize” lies coming out of the previously mentioned fan group. You all really need a lesson in professional journalism.

    January 6, 2022
    • As soon as I saw this post I felt the same. And the story. This person definitely is a destiel fan. so not gonna bother much.

      January 26, 2022
  • I’m more disappointed in the fans. He’s got issues he needs to work out. He’s not the worst person in the world. It’s not black and white. There’s grey areas. The fans are acting like republican and democrat though. If you have a different opinion, you must be so and so and what you say means nothing. Goes both ways and it’s disappointing. I remember we all used to be a happy bunch and glad to talk to other fans. Now, you either pick my side or your wrong. I probably wrote to much and nobody will care lol but it’s just sad to see the fans have split and treat each other this way.

    February 22, 2022

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