CISPHOBIA IS NOT A THING
HETEROPHOBIA IS NOT A THING
REVERSE RACISM IS NOT A THING
THESE ARE NOT THINGS BECAUSE SOMEONE CALLING YOU A CRACKER IS NOT BACKED UP BY HUNDREDS OF YEARS OF OPPRESSION AND HATRED AND AN ACTUAL CIVIL WAR OVER YOUR RIGHTS
THESE ARE NOT THINGS BECAUSE NOBODY EVER QUESTIONED YOUR RIGHTS. NOBODY EVER HAD TO FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT JUST TO EXIST.
THIS IS NOT “DOING TO THEM WHAT THEY DID TO YOU” BECAUSE SOMEONE SAYING DOWN WITH CIS IS IN NO WAY EQUAL TO ONGOING UNLAWFUL KILLINGS AND OPPRESSION AND IT SURE AS HELL DOESN’T MAGIC UP A HISTORY OF IT.
WHEN SOMEONE SAYS “LMAO THE STRAIGHTS NEED TO STOP” IT DOESN’T EMBOLDEN SOME HOMO-SUPREMACIST TO GO KILL/BEAT UP SOME STRAIGHT PEOPLE. IT DOESN’T ALLOW/PERPETUATE A SYSTEM OF OPPRESSION AND DEGRADATION.
IF YOU THINK YOU ARE OPPRESSED YOU NEED TO TAKE SEVERAL SEATS AND CHECK YOUR ASSES PRIVILEGE BECAUSE IF YOU THINK THAT’S BAD BOY HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU.
As most of you found out today, Marvel has announced that Martin Freeman will be joining the MCU as an undisclosed role in Civil War. You may know him, mostly as John Watson from Sherlock (which also stars Benedict Cumberbatch who will be playing Doctor Strange later on) and Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit Trilogy.
First of all, I know some of you may be tired to see him join another big fandom, seeing his face constantly all over both on the small and big screen, most notably on tumblr where the Sherlock fandom is huge. You guys need to know that he is an actor, why wouldn’t he go out and find a good gig, this deal with joining Marvel is huge and will benefit his career, greatly. Filming for Sherlock series 4 isn’t starting anytime soon and he needs to find work in between seasons while he’s still available. He is a wonderful actor who is capable of doing a phenomenal job by joining the film. I have no doubt in his casting and believe he will do a great job. With him having both a BAFTA and Emmy. Marvel wouldn’t just get anybody..
I know we definitely need more people of color in the MCU. As a young female African-American woman I strongly agree that we should and I am anxious for more. Currently, we are fortunate with having Anthony Mackie as Sam/Falcon and Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther in the film. I don’t know if you heard, but Black Panther will be getting his very own movie which will be the first film in the franchise to feature an African-American lead in the title role. I know its not enough, but I believe that other nationalities will be able to shine and be represented in future films. I definitely know that having a few POC along with women DOES NOT balance diversity fairly when there are 10+ white males. However, this deals all the way back with the history of Marvel and specific heroes involved in the storyline, in addition to casting decisions made by Marvel. If you want to see a change, then freely express your opinion and write, tweet, and email Marvel, make a petition to make your voices be heard for more original characters and colorblind casting to be implemented in future films and TV series. Ranting in a hateful way isn’t going to make things better, but make you look bad and not let others take the cause seriously.. Be peaceful and respectful to others while still being outspoken for what you believe in and want to see done.
Second, don’t even complain about his casting of possibly diminishing the screen time for others, when his role as I said before, ISN’T EVEN REVEALED YET. Yeah, I know Civil War is going to be a clusterfuck, but its like that for a reason. This is a WAR that’s happening which involves multiple people, not a few. Though the central character is Steve, other characters/heroes will play a significant part in it to tie story and make it complete. Every role is necessary, no matter how big or small. He might not even have a major role. I’m guessing he will be play a politician actively campaigning for the Superhero Registration Act and be an small/secondary antagonist in the film or something along the lines of Justin Hammer in IM2. Until his role is revealed, please calm down and don’t jump to conclusions. No need to get yourself worked up about something that may not even happen.
Third, yes I know he is problematic and not a perfect person. I am not trying to make you see him as a wonderful saint and kiss his ass. He has made derogatory comments about rape, joking about it before and other things. I am not excusing his actions. What he has said in the past was wrong and highly uncalled for. I can understand why some of the fandom would be in uproar about his casting regarding this situation. However, we are all people and we make mistakes. Everyone is deeply flawed in one way or another and said some unnecessary shit. What is is important now is that we recognize that our actions were wrong and we stop behaving that way, in order to become a better person and change for the better. We are all growing and everyone deserves another chance.
This fandom has been through A LOT lately. We don’t need anymore stress and tensions to rise any higher. Our love should bring us together and if we disagree and are going to debate, than let’s do it respectfully. Trying to see each other’s point of view, instead of being rude.
I just would like our fandom to try to deal with this news in a neutral way, you don’t have to hate or like him. Just be open his casting and try to look forward to see what he has to bring to the craziness that will be Civil War. So much awesome things are going to happen in the film, lets not let one person lower your expectations and excitement for the film!!!!!! :)