Not since Merlin and Eureka have I had hope that my interracial ship might become canon. It’s almost never a concern when my ship is a white pairing because 95% of the time they happen (even if it’s just temporary it still happens)
I have left fandoms like Merlin Eureka, The Vampire diaries, Star Trek, Fantastic Four because of the ridiculous treatment of their WOC leads especially when these women get too close to WM Leads.
I guess she’s lucky they haven’t permanently killed her off like Reece (Taraji) on Persons of Interest. But you will hear the fandom wail like no other if they actually pair up Damon and Bonnie.
When it comes to TV:
Bonnie is one of the best more powerful witches portrayed on tv in modern day, yet since the early days (white) fandom has disliked her. While the other female cast members had multiple relationships, Bonnie got none. She has been banished , gone or dead for most of every season. And when they finally let her have a love interest, it’s the little brother… and he cheats on her.
Now sometimes TPTB hint that your ship is endgame, as they did in Stargate Atlantis. From episode 1 it was clear Teyla and John would be the OTP. So what happened. There was a WF that ‘some’ of the fandom thought would be a “better match” for the white male lead.
This lead to one of the worst Shipper wars I’ve ever witnessed in fandom (Yup, worse than TVD Stephen/Elaina/Damon). When they killed of the WF lead, half the fandom lost their minds and refused to acknowledge the remaining 2 season.
So when the series was ended to revamp with a new Stargate, TPTB never gave the fans their John/Teyla ship. They put out the outline for the final season/movie that would have had them ending up together, but the fans never got to enjoy it. The official books made them a couple in the end.
So if your waiting for your couple/ship to be endgame, don’t wait too long. There’s no guarantee your show will make it for several seasons.
Let’s talk movies for a moment:
Even the fabulous Halle Berry isn’t immune. Why would TPTB cut her love scene with Wolverine, but still show flashbacks of him with Jean Gray. SMH.
You would think Fandom would be excited to have the beautiful Jessica Alba star in the Fantastic Four… But no! She wasn’t white enough for the fandom. They wanted a real white woman and preferably a natural blond.
Thanks Grant and Tom:
I’m so glad that these actors are supporting their leading ladies. There will continue to be push back from Snowberry shippers against Westallen. But I am determined to stick with the fandom. I see the tide turning, as CP proves herself giving the anti-Iris crowd little to complain about.
And I an SO proud of the SH fandom for sticking up for NB, Abbie and Team Witness. I don’t know what TPTB were thinking when they tried to whitewash the show by sidelining it’s POC characters. I hope they’ve learned a valuable lesson.
I for one love to see diversity on TV, and it seems the tides are changing as far as audience goes. Yes there will be some WP who don’t want to see a diverse cast or interracial pairing. But most of us don’t care. We want good TV, with good casting, writing, acting, and CHEMISTRY!