Some evil things that have happened on Once Upon a Time
Murder with impunity
Murdering others (through heart crushing)
Killing in self defense
Turning others into animals (snakes, slugs etc)
Using children for nefarious purposes
Controlling others (through heart ripping)
Controlling others (though memory erasure)
Controlling others (with objects)
Controlling others (through curses)
Mutiny and treason
Non-consensual sex (through memory erasure)
Non-consensual sex (through glamour spells)
Non-consensual sex (because minor)
and the list goes on
Look, I get why people are upset. I was upset. They should have handled the Killian/Gothel/Alice story differently and I wish they had because it’s shitty to see that happen to a character I care about AND I knew the fandom would flip. But, looking at the list above, I guess I don’t understand why this particular event is such a deal breaker. Because it was Hook and somehow that taints cs? It doesn’t in my mind. I have a #metoo story, a lot of people I know have one also, it’s hurtful. So is murder. So is torture. So is lying and cheating.
I don’t blame anyone for being upset but there have been many, many horrible acts on this show that many, many people could be triggered by. Does that mean evil should never be portrayed? Would we attack an actor for playing a nazi because he must be one to play one? No. We shouldn’t. Evil is a part of life and to remove it from our tv shows and movies is putting blinders on and pretending it doesn’t exist. Showing it and it’s consequences, how others are affected by it is what needs to happen. I agree that the show has not done a good job of this in some cases, I’m hopeful this one is different.
It’s difficult to write a Good vs Evil, Dark vs light story when every dark deed is vilified and condemned. When every response to said dark deed is not enough. Attack the writers, attack the producers, attack the actors, attack other fans you have been friends with previously.
I think Gothel will pay for her crimes, I hope she does. It was not portrayed as something that was an ok thing to do. Clearly it is not. But I’m going to see how this season plays out, others can do what they think is right for them.
I’m sure I’ll take all kinds of shit for this post but I wanted to speak my peace.