I don’t question the expertise of cb4tb, but what concerns me more is the continuing denials for the sake of PR and how they embolden trolls to attack shipper blogs. It appears to me no one in PR has any regard for the toll it takes on shippers. IMO it is cruel and beyond manipulative to pit one section of the fandom against another. Starz PR is slimy at best IMO. The principals compliance in such a tactic bothers me no end. Call me naive IDC.

Awww…I hear what you’re saying.  I really do.  I’m sick to death of it too.  So sick that I can’t even work up any enthusiasm for the new season.  How sad is that!? And judging by the body language and the fact that she slipped past those fans outside of Kimmel, I think Cait hates it too.   I like that you use the word ‘compliance’ when I’ve seen so many accuse her of ‘conspiring’.  There’s a huge difference.  Yes, Cait, and Sam too, are complying…with the wishes of their employer,  with the small print of their contracts, with something that we aren’t privy to but have to accept, like it or not, and while serial denials is a most annoying form of PR, the trolls don’t need it.  They’ve been emboldened to attack our blogs by lesser things…by Sam’s forehead in Paris, by every time we laughed at Sam and his Blonde Of The Week’s attempts at looking coupley…this promo is just the latest thing.  In fact, the bigger the receipt the louder they rage, so based on the number of angry anons lately, I’d say they see what we see but don’t dare say so.  I will agree with you that Starz PR is slimy.  These are some low moves.  But I posted a while ago about how the studio and the stars see fandom.  It’s all demographics to them and  you really must not take it personally.  They aren’t pitting one side against the other because they don’t like me or you or anyone in particular in  the fandom.  We  aren’t each represented by a different coloured push pin on a  corkboard in Chris Parnell’s office.  For some reason that makes sense to someone important, they are determined to push the fact that the two leads of this show are not a couple in real life.  They are actors and she is engaged to Someone Else.  The group they’re targeting with this will read that or see it somewhere along their way to Episode 1 and believe it.  Some, like us, won’t.  Some will be offended.  Some will walk away.  Some will continue to ship.  When the dust settles, more viewers is the goal.  

Try to remember too that this all took place between the time of the Australia Unplugged Tour and mid March.  For all we know they aren’t paying much attention to it right now.  That would be a good idea, for the sake of their own sanity.  Cait didn’t have a giggle over breakfast with LR and Chris Parnell about the Parade article and then head off to make googley eyes at Sam at their next promo, whatever that was, then answer KDS in the “so you’re engaged, have you ever lusted after a costar?” game before sitting cuddled up beside Sam at NYCC, then whip off another issue of I’m Engaged last night before pasting an order of fries over his giant shrimp, then getting up this morning to do another impromptu interview announcing her engagement and dissing the 0.1% of fans who can’t be happy for her.    That would be mean.  These denials happened all on the same day and within a week of Sam having to fly to LA for one last red carpet date.  I can almost picture Cait feeling determined, if not ecstatic, about pulling these off, knowing that he was home, Skipper’s contract was coming due, and this announcement of hers was going in the files to be their cover.  I agree with those who’ve said that they don’t think going in she ever meant for it to be used as the main thrust of Season 4 promo.  I bet they drank a lot of celebratory whisky that last week of March after a hellish stretch at work, and it feels like the celebrations continue.  They’ve both been bolder and a little more rebellious ever since.

Oh, and yes…never question the expertise of @cb4tb  The lady knows her marketing and has dumbed things down for me more than once.  

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