It seems there’s a growing debate among the ItF fandom re: racism in the series. I’m going to attempt to voice my opinion on the matter in the most diplomatic way possible, so as to not offend anyone on either side.
First of all, it appears there’s a lot of people confusing the oppression PDS sufferers face within the confines of the series as being an allegory for racism. Alas, this is not the case. If anything, it’s an allegory for British treatment of the Irish, which ultimately lead to the formation of the Irish Republican Army during the Irish War of Independence (1919-1922), with the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) being a rather obvious influence behind the creation of the ULA (Undead Liberation Army).
Think about it: do you honestly believe it a coincidence that Gary always refers to Simon as that “Irish Rotter?”
Secondly, while this doesn’t necessarily make the series deliberately racist, it’s still a very important issue that should be addressed in the future. (If we’re fortune enough to get anymore seasons, that is.)
And, finally, while the series may indeed fail to feature anything regarding the subject of racism, it does tackle the following issues, which are equally important:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Ableism and Mentalism (Or sanism, if that’s the term you prefer.)
- PTSD (Both its symptoms and its triggers.)
- Fetishization of Minorities
- Physical and Emotional Abuse
- Social Ostracism
In a nutshell, while the series does have its own set of flaws, which shouldn’t be ignored, it still deserves praise for addressing the issues listed above. Plus, there’s the fact that not only does it feature a healthy queer couple at the forefront; it also includes female characters who instead of being used as prop pieces to be gawked at, feature levels of complexity which are equal to those of their male counterparts. Both of which, I’m sad to say, are exceedingly rare in television.
Now, then. I’ve said my piece, and this is the last time I’m going to speak on the subject.