A rant directed at the Harley Quinn/Suicide Squad haters:
Okay, as much as I understand the need for female role models in film, people really need to STOP making Harley out like she’s supposed to be some kind of feminist icon. She’s no where near that. She is complex. She is flawed. She is both the violently abused and the violent abuser, but she is NOT a victim. She’s fiercely funny and intelligent. She uses her sexuality and an ironic, dry “bubbly blonde” persona to throw people off. And most controversially, she’s madly in love with a man who is just as fucked up as she is. So no, she is not necessarily a role model, but SHE IS THREE-DIMENSIONAL. She is NOT a stereotype.
That being said, people are putting too much weight on her shoulders. Yes, she is an important female character, but there are at least three other major women in the film. Two (Waller and Katana) are women of color. That is a BIG deal. And I haven’t even gone into the fact that Deadshot, El Diablo, Killer Croc, and Slipknot are all POC.
Now, I know this whole rant sounds serious, but I really am excited. And I don’t mean to take this issue too seriously, but I’m only trying to respond to the way-too-intense criticism I’m reading and hearing over this movie when it’s meant to be a fun, action-packed, summer blockbuster, which is why I find it so ridiculous that I’m seeing such strong hatred for it, especially when it has so much potential to be great.