Allow me to introduce myself. I am April, forty-something chocolate lover, basketball enthusiast, strictly amateur forensic scientist and, last but certainly not least, fan of actor Jason O’Mara. About five years ago, my fondness for legal dramas led me to “In Justice”, in which Jason played former police detective Charles Conti. That was the beginning of my appreciation for Jason’s immense talents. Fast forward to 2011, when I joined Jason’s Facebook fan page, and was asked, along with 900 or so of Jason’s most faithful supporters, to select a name for the forthcoming community section of his official website.
Jason’s Facebook fans are a lively group, and the initial suggestions were quite clever: O’Maranauts–a nod to Jason and his Argonauts of Greek mythological lore—Jason’s Junkies and The O’Mara Minion. One name that gathered some support was O’Marians, until one of Jason’s more scholarly fans, an English literature teacher, pointed out that O’Marians “might suggest that we are uber-excited worshippers of the Virgin Mary, re the medieval movement ‘Marianism’.” Another fan was a bit more blunt, saying that O’Marians sounded like the name of a convent. It should be pointed out, however, that the predominantly female fans of Jason’s Facebook page have been known to study Photoshopped images of their commander-in-chief, and to debate whether their fearless leader’s abdominal muscles look sufficiently six packed. This group probably won’t be mistaken for a convent anytime soon.
At that point, things went a bit downhill. Ok, a lot downhill. Enter a member of the small but vocal male contingent, who observed that O’Marian brings to mind a female reproductive organ. This ultimately led to one of Jason’s more, shall we say, creative, fans suggesting that members of his website community should be known as O’Marian Cysts. Presumably that one was a joke. Hopefully.
Other suggestions included O’Mara United, LEANUNA (the Irish word for followers, courtesy of one of Jason’s Dubliner fans), Chasin’ Jason and The O’Mara Bunch (O’Marsha! O’Marsha! O’Marsha!). One name that kept coming up, and seemed to really resonate with the fans, was Jason Nation. The consensus was that Jason Nation was simple, yet powerful. And it has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? This one stuck.
And so, watch out world, Jason Nation has arrived! We don’t yet have a national anthem. (May I suggest the combined version of the Queen rock anthems “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”?) Nor do we have a national flag, or a pledge of allegiance, but we’ll get to that. What we do have are energy and enthusiasm, not to mention a healthy dose of humor! We are a force to be reckoned with! Vive la Jason Nation!