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In Defense Of Sam Heughan

September 6, 2017

In Defense of Sam Heughan

Actually, I do not need to defend Sam Heughan.  He is perfectly capable of defending himself.  So, why am I writing this blog post?  It’s not to defend Sam but to pose some questions that might be on the minds of several of you today.  WARNING: Soapbox moment ahead!

I was so looking forward to seeing Sam on Live with Kelly & Ryan.  I never watch the show but I thought it was pretty great that they were having Sam on to promote Outlander Season 3 and perhaps his new movie, The Spy Who Dumped Me. So, what could be better, right? Outlander gets a real promo push and so does Sam! Instead, what I got was a childish, inappropriate interview by Kelly & Ryan.  I was so unimpressed and the more I thought about it, the more disgusted I became. Here are my observations from that interview:

  • The interview starts with Kelly asking Sam about his new movie which Sam responds to briefly, mentioning it had just wrapped and giving the name of his co-stars. Kelly nor Ryan ever ask the name of the movie or give Sam a chance to discuss his new movie further.
  • After that, they go immediately to the Q & A.  Please allow me to paraphrase. Ryan asks if Sam wears a kilt.  Kelly asks what Sam wears underneath the kilt.  Kelly says “Then, it’s an open air situation?” Ryan asks if Jamie & Claire think each other are dead.  After Sam tries to answer the question, Ryan says (with an uninterested sigh), “Suspenseful, yeah.”
  • After that already humiliating round of questions, they go to the extremely tacky love note ending with Kelly reading her own love note.

I don’t know this for a fact but I’m guessing Kelly & Ryan have never read the Outlander books or even watched the series. If they had, they would appreciate Sam’s tremendous talent and would not have treated his interview with such frivolity. They would have understood the wonderful story of Diana’s books and how the STARZ series brings them to life.  They would never have made Sam into simply a kilt-wearing sex symbol. They would have at least talked about Season 3 instead of saying “Were those explosions real?” Really? Was that the best Kelly could do after viewing the promo video?

Here are my questions:

  1. Was it appropriate for Kelly to ask Sam what he wore under his kilt?
  2. If the answer is yes, would it have been fair play for Sam to ask her what she was wearing underneath her dress?
  3. If the answer to #2 is no, why not?
  4. Should Kelly & Ryan ask Caitriona what she wears under her skirt?
  5. If they do ask Caitriona what she wears under her skirt, would it be appropriate?
  6. I’m going to speak to the women right now. How can we, as women, expect to be treated with equal respect as men plus demand we be looked upon as something more than sexual objects when we are doing the same thing to men?

Bottom line. For me, there was nothing even remotely funny or relevant about that interview.  Call me old fashioned but the interview crossed the line in all sorts of ways. Outlander wasn’t promoted, Sam wasn’t promoted, except in a sexual way, and the Outlander community as a whole was demeaned. Why do I say demeaned? Because obviously it’s believed in some circles that all we Outlander fans care about are two things – sex and what Sam is wearing under his kilt.  I’ve said this before but there is so much more to the Outlander story than sex. And although I’ve never met him personally, I know from other view-worthy interviews that there is so much more to Sam Heughan than sex appeal!  Of course, Sam took it all in stride. Honestly, what else could he do? He was his same, gracious self but he should never have been subjected to that type of interview.  I just hope the interviews to follow this week for both Sam & Caitriona are, as Mrs. Fitz would so aptly say, a bit more.

Time for me to step down off my soapbox now and let you talk.  How do you feel about Sam’s interview on Live with Kelly & Ryan? Please leave your thoughts below in the comments and you don’t have to agree with me.  As always, thank you for reading!

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  • Reply Frances Yancey August 8, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Beth, I realize this is an old post but I agree totally. I’m not sure if I responded or not. I can’t imagine what Sam thought sitting there having to put up with such stupidity. They are terrible interviewers. I never watch shows like that and only turned in for the interview. I won’t tune in again. They had no understanding of what outlander is all about. One person mentioned that Jamie rebuffed LJG. It is still acceptable to tell someone that you were not attracted to in that manner. But the point is is that Jamie move from that point to being friends with John. and that is very modern.

  • Reply Lori Bell October 18, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I agree with you… I almost never get the chance to watch tv, Netflix is my go to but I did catch this interview and was NOT impressed by any means. Sam is an incredibly talented actor, yes extremely handsome and a real do-gooder with his Peak Challenges but this interview did NOTHING of any importance for him , or them. I think everyone saw the interview as a waste of Sam’s time to be there and not have the chance to discuss anything relevant.

  • Reply Kandice Gremillion October 25, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    I agree, Kelly & Ryan did a poor job and you are right, obviously never read one of the books or watched the show. Sam did a great job putting up with them, and dealing with a hectic promotion of “The Spy who Dumped Me” and stayed true to himself, which is one of the things I love most about him, he is humble, sweet, kind and generous. He is a class act all the way, a gentleman and oh yeah, sexy as hell, but he’s not JUST sexy, he’s also a great actor.

  • Reply Lainie October 26, 2018 at 9:00 am

    He will be on the show again on Nov. 1 to promote S4. Let’s hope they do a much better job this time.

  • Reply Lola October 28, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    I too have been shocked to see the reverse sexism with Sam… it’s totally unacceptable behavior and it’s coming from all directions from a lot of places… his acting is exceptional and yet most times it’s not even referred to.
    I am so glad I am not alone in seeing and condoning this kind of behavior. The man deserves a lot more respect than that!

  • Reply Pamela Houston February 4, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    I saw that interview as well and was totally unimpressed. I only tune in to programs such as this when someone of interest is scheduled but this one was particularly disappointing. It seemed the main objective was to make it a comedy skit with the love letters. Sam doesn’t deserve that type of treatment. I’m sure he’s scheduled for those programs to promote his soon-to-be released work. This didn’t accomplish that at all. Never heard anything about his feelings on either project. His work speaks for itself, more could have been accomplished if they’d just shown trailers.

  • Reply ALBERTA HOPKINS April 27, 2019 at 10:25 pm


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