I’m not a supercorp shipper, but I’m livid. No one deserves that treatment, especially from public figures.
But, instead of focusing on that, I want to discuss the importance of media and television, in general. TV has effects on its viewers. We are affected by what we watch. For example, people who tend to watch more news media, also tend to believe the world is a more dangerous place than it is. Media affects and changes our perception of the world.
This is why representation is so important.
Several theorists describe television media as a reflection of our social reality (see Gerbner or Bandura). This is true even if the reflection is poor or inaccurate. People will still believe what they see. (This is especially true for people who do not know much about a group of people or care enough to do real research.) If minorities are underrepresented or poorly represented on television, people may believe this is an accurate representation of those minorities. And those minorities will see the representation as a reflection of how society views them.
So I’m gonna call BULLSHIT on anyone who pull the “it’s just a TV show” line.
It’s not just a tv show. It’s fucking shaping our reality as a culture.