All fandoms have artists who enjoy creating genuinely beautiful expressions of their love of their fandom with other, well, fans. Some of it is porny or quite graphic (yet still, well executed) but the most extreme examples are often what the media will choose to confront a celebrity with because it might get a few laughs, or force the celebrity into an uncomfortable situation all for the ratings or pageview.
I think that's crap. Not only does it embarrass the celebrity, but it can embarrass the fanartist who likely didn't give permission to be ridiculed in front of a live studio audience. That stuff is generally for the fans themselves to enjoy - and there's nothing wrong with that. But I've seen so many artists or fanfiction writers who were positively mortified when their work was shown, without permission in a lot of cases, to their favorite celebrities.
I'm a member of the CumberCollective. I love Benedict unashamedly. I fangirl over him with my fellow Collectives on Twitter, I enjoy new interviews, new pictures, videos - everything that he publicly releases makes me happy. I am not rabid. I am not a "horny teenage girl" either. I'm 43, I have a career, a daughter, a boyfriend (who benefits greatly from my Cumberlust, I might add) and a life. Benedict and his career is one of the many things in my life that makes me happy.
I have run into so many creative people while I've been in this fandom and I want to highlight their amazing work. Jimmy Fallon once "confronted" Cumberbatch with some amazing fan works and it remains one of my favorite interview segments out of all that Benedict has done. If chat show hosts and journalists are going to bring this stuff up, I'd love to see more of these being shown to him or to Martin Freeman, or Andrew Scott, or Mark Gatiss.
While this article primarily features artists in the Sherlock/Cumberbatch fandom, I encourage you to seek out those artists that exist in nearly every fandom. Reblog their work on Tumblr. Retweet them. Leave them comments and praise because they should be encouraged, not stereotyped/mocked in the mainstream media.
Alice X. Zhang
These small sampling of artists from one particular fandom are just a microscopic glimpse of the creativity that runs rampant within every fandom. These artists run the gamut on the life spectrum. Students, mothers, people with day jobs - and that they take the time to create like this is a gift to fandoms. These are what celebrities need to be seeing and appreciating.