There seems to be an awful lot of hate for Long Susan on twitter, and I can’t help but feel that people wouldn’t be quite as angry at her character if it were a man in her position.
Somehow it’s seen as more ‘evil’ for a woman to do things to get ahead, yet male characters doing the exact same deeds are often defended, their actions simply deemed as being necessary. And it’s nothing but bullshit sexism.
I can’t say I agree with absolutely everything Susan has done over the years, but I also have a lot of empathy for her character, because I’m not, nor never have been, in such a difficult position as her character has. Yet she still has gumption, and an awful lot of heart, too, despite all the chaos that has gone on.
So I thought I’d make this post as a Long Susan Hart appreciation post. She’s a fundamentally good character who cops a lot of sexist criticism. Personally, she’s one of my favourites, and I really hope that she’s on our screens until the very end of S5.