Feminist show with promising storylines hijacked by straight white men
Monday February 20, 2017
A television series known for its overtly feminist themes was commandeered last night by a white heterosexist writing team. The program had shown initial signs of inclusivity, developing a queer relationship and adding two characters of color to the series last fall. Since then, the lead female protagonist has been dogged by hackneyed romantic tropes, with several compelling storylines derailed to devote additional scenes to the abusive white men vying for her affections.
Key narrative opportunities for the three black characters this season were wasted, as the woman has been written off the show entirely and the remaining two men are being gradually sidelined. Character development for the widely unpopular white male romantic lead continues to dominate screen time. Meanwhile, queer women remain grateful for scraps of visibility.