Beware of creators who want to pat themselves on the back and have you praise them for their commitment to diversity, but don’t want to acknowledge there is a responsibility that comes with how you portray that representation, and what you choose to do with it.
He Named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old (she turns 18 this July) was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.
Seriously, did every single writer across the board decide to kill or write off minorities this season? They killed Black Canary on Arrow, the original female lead for no damn reason other than what we all know in our souls to be because of a fandom ship. they had two of the only five established queer characters in the vampire diaries/originals universe kill themselves. A universe that has a fuckton of characters and somehow there’s only five queer recurring or quest characters, four of which are now dead. Abbie Mills, the female lead of sleepy hollow for three seasons was killed off for no reason once again and without anyone even grieving her after being sidelined for whatever white female showed up for two seasons. They fast-forwarded through her funeral and everyone’s reaction to her death but not before finally, after three seasons, having a certain co-lead admit they loved her. Lexa from the 100 was shot by a stray bullet ala buffy which is disgusting on so many levels and I didn’t even like the character or the relationship she was in. Oh then lincoln on the same show was brutally murdered, one of the only black characters who were portrayed as a “good guy” on a show that generally makes the poc out to be savages. And now, Teen Wolf wrote off another female lead after sidelining her for a whole season and a half and then pretended she was coming back. This is after having the character send the main bad to hell but having the former female lead who died almost three seasons ago be the one attributed with saving the day because Scott had a memory of her. And now, after kicking the actor off the show, they’ve apparently invited back ian bohen, a man who tried to publically humilate her. And have even hinted that the white-passing villian who she saved the day from might actually be alive meanwhile her character is banished to new mexico never to be seen again. Oh, and then agents of shield gave two characters that have only been on the show for maybe a season and doesn’t even have a fanbase a spinoff that might not even get picked up but they got their own show because what we really needed was another straight couple where the man treats the more capable woman as his property.
Is anyone seeing a pattern here? It’s not even the deaths or write offs or backtracking on diversity that’s getting to me because if it was contained to one show fine but how is all this shit literally happening in the span of a few weeks? There’s no way this is some big coincidence unless each of these writers are just that incredibly terrible and somehow all came to the same conclusion on what to do with these characters. How did we have such great strides towards diversity like korrasami and sleepy hollow having a mostly black and female cast and teen wolf showing an interracial relationship with no white people to whatever this bs is currently on tv. All these shows have caused their fans to hate them and each character is subsequently probably going to being replaced by someone straight, white, and/or male. Seriously, who is making these decisions and why does none of these writers see the issues with how they’re portraying people or writing their shows?
***Edit, somehow i forgot about the walking dead killing off one of it’s only two lesbian characters which should kind of be an indicator that there’s far too much of this bullshit going on. No matter what group you identify in if it isn’t the “default” white, straight, male, and cis then you’re in danger of dying or being sent away. That’s not even counting all the shows i’m not watching or just haven’t got a chance to catch up on.
“I am those 66 million girls who are deprived of education. I am not a lone voice. I am many. Our voices are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen. They can change the world.”
BEST FILM THE BIG SHORT – Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt BRIDGE OF SPIES – Kristie Macosko Krieger, Marc Platt, Steven Spielberg CAROL – Elizabeth Karlsen, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley THE REVENANT – Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon SPOTLIGHT – Steve Golin, Blye Pagon Faust, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar
DIRECTOR THE BIG SHORT – Adam McKay BRIDGE OF SPIES – Steven Spielberg CAROL – Todd Haynes THE MARTIAN – Ridley Scott THE REVENANT – Alejandro G. Iñárritu
LEADING ACTOR BRYAN CRANSTON – Trumbo EDDIE REDMAYNE – The Danish Girl LEONARDO DICAPRIO – The Revenant MATT DAMON – The Martian MICHAEL FASSBENDER – Steve Jobs
LEADING ACTRESS ALICIA VIKANDER – The Danish Girl BRIE LARSON – Room CATE BLANCHETT – Carol MAGGIE SMITH – The Lady in the Van SAOIRSE RONAN – Brooklyn
SUPPORTING ACTOR BENICIO DEL TORO – Sicario CHRISTIAN BALE – The Big Short IDRIS ELBA – Beasts of No Nation MARK RUFFALO – Spotlight MARK RYLANCE – Bridge of Spies
SUPPORTING ACTRESS ALICIA VIKANDER – Ex Machina JENNIFER JASON LEIGH – The Hateful Eight JULIE WALTERS – Brooklyn KATE WINSLET – Steve Jobs ROONEY MARA – Carol