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[[Image:Tyra-banks28.jpg|thumb|300px|right|A secret message? Tyra lets the boys know they are Free to be...together]]
Tinfoil or tin hats is a term that originated from comes from people wearing [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin_Foil_Hat tinfoil hats] to keep out the "alien signals" and is generally used to describe the super paranoid or conspiracy freaks.
A fan is said to be wearing a "tin hat" or engaging in "tinhattery" when they are convinced they are being sent secret signs that their boys favs are really IN LOVE and DOING IT, for example . The term was coined in 2003 to describe the behavior of fans of Lord Of The Rings actors Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan [http://crystalchainwww.livejournaljournalfen.comnet/54986community/dl_anon/4387.html secret messagessource] being sent through the clothing the . Another popular Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction (Larry Stylinson). Jared and Jensen wear. Blind items have a strong tinhat following in gossip columns our fandom, but other people are also shipped including Jensen and Misha ([[Cockles]]), Richard Speight and Rob Benedict, and Kim Rhodes and Brianna Buckmaster. Some people believe in a common source of secret informationpoly relationship between Jared, Jensen, Misha and their respective partners, which is known as the Commune.
Any information that appears The majority of fans who happily consume and produce [[Real Person Fiction|fanfic and fanart]] or even actual stories or photos of the actors, based on the idea of a relationship between actors, approach the fantasy in a playful way. These fans may make comments in reaction to contradict a photo of Jared and Jensen together along the lines of "oh they are so in love", but this belief is rejected and said connected to be the work fictional constructs of the Network PR mavens or other evil doers (actors, and the fan is aware it is not fact. These fans may use phrases such as fake girlfriends). Weddings ''I am putting on my tin hat'' to people indicate that the author realizes the fiction of what they are saying but are happily indulging in their fantasies. A tongue-in-cheek annual activity at the opposite sex are claimed to be merely elaborate means of concealing fan convention [[WinchesterCon]] was the true loveTin Hat Parade, in this case which involved fans making real tin hats out of Jared and Jensenaluminum foil to celebrate their favourite tin hat pairing.
These fans adherence Serious tinhatters will have a firm conviction that the actors concerned are really in a sexual/romantic relationship. They will see signs everywhere to their beliefs often manifests in extreme obsession with the topicsupport this, such as well as expressions the wearing of certain items of hatred towards anyone challenging these beliefsjewellery, body language in photos, and comments in interviews. This may include direct attacks For example at the [[Red Bull Soap Box Derby]] in 2008 [http://www.supernaturalwiki.com/index.php?title=File:1314jerseys.jpg Jared and Jensen wore jerseys] with the numbers 13 and 14 on people associated with them. Some fans were excited to discover that in Chinese numerology '1314' means "forever and eternity" - obviously Jared and Jensen were signalling their real relationship through Twitter or blogsthis code. [[ImageOther things often interpret as signs are:Tinhat.JPG|300px|thumb|right|2009 Winning Tin Hat by huggenkiss]]These people are a very small minority displays of jewellery (from their secret love), wearing of the same or similar clothes, appearing together in fandompublic, touching and prolonged eye contact.
The majority of fans happily consume Conspiracy theories abound and any information that appears to contradict this belief is rejected and produce fanworks based on said to be the idea work of a relationship between stars, and approach the fantasy in a playful wayStudio Network PR mavens or other evil doers. These fans may make comments in reaction Weddings to a photo people of Jared and Jensen together along the lines opposite sex are claimed to be merely elaborate means of "oh they concealing the true (gay) loves. Female partners are so often referred to as [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beard_(companion) beards]. Blind items in love", but this is connected to the fictional constructs gossip columns are also a common source of the actors, and the commenter is aware it is not factsecret information. These Many fans may use phrases such as ''I am putting on my tin hat'' to indicate also claim finely-honed gaydars or that they are ITK - "in the author realizes know". Complex theories will be developed to account for the fiction presence of what they are saying but are happily indulging in their RPS fantasiesheterosexual relationships and children.
An annual activity at [[WinchesterCon]] has been Most tinhatters are harmless. However as with any fandom, some tinhatters can manifest an extreme obsession with the Tin Hat Paradetopic. This may include direct attacks on people associated with Jared and Jensen through social media sites or blogs, which involves fans making stalking (online and in real tin hats out life) and doxxing (revealing of aluminum foilpersonal information such as home addresses online).
See also [[J2]], [[Real Person Fiction]] The main gathering place for the extreme tinhatters has been the SPN-gossip community which was created on 19 April 2009 on LiveJournal and [[Tin het]]later moved to Dreamwidth. The latter was was suspended by Dreamwidth on 31 July 2021. Both actions were in response to people on the community repeatedly posting residential addresses related to Misha and Jensen.
[[Image:Tinhat.JPG|300px|thumb|right|2009 [[WinchesterCon]] Winning Tin Hat by huggenkiss]]  See also [[J2]], [[Cockles]], [[Real Person Fiction]], [[Tin het]] and [[Stephanie Ware]] ==Links==* [https://fanlore.org/wiki/Tinhat Tinhat entry] on Fanlore* [https://spn-gossip3.dreamwidth.org/ Spn Gossip] on Livejournal* [http://spn-goss.livejournal.com SPN Goss] on Livejournal* [http://jaredandjensendaily.tumblr.com/ Jared and Jensen Daily] on Tumblr * [http://j2tinhatnetwork.tumblr.com/ J2 Tin hat Network] on Tumblr* [http://j2madhatters.tumblr.com/ J2 MadHatters] on Tumblr* [http://anotherexlarrie.tumblr.com/post/141491713507/j2larrie-shipping Post comparing J2 and Larrie shipping]* [https://speakthetruthj2.weebly.com/intro--start-here.htmls A collection of news items from 2005-2013 about Jared and Jensen with a Tin Hat commentary]* [https://thenewinquiry.com/fifty-shades-of-yellow/ Fifty shades of yellow] by thenewinquiry* [http://junkee.com/celebrity-conspiracy-theories/154327 One Direction, Fake Babies And The Problem With Celebrity Conspiracy Theories] by Junkee* [http://fitchersvogel.tumblr.com/post/66897417361/further-thoughts-on-tinhatting-and-fannish-history Tinhat history] by fitchersvogel* [http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/inside-the-world-of-real-person-fanfiction Inside The World of Real Person Fanfiction] by SyFyWire [[Category:Fandom]][[Category:Vernacular]]

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