I wasn’t gonna deal with this cause really I’m about fucking done with this whole mess, show, fandom, apologists, all of it. But I’ve got nothing better to do tonight, so what the hell.
1. the anger over the ‘innocence’ quote baffles me this is a children’s/family show of course there isn’t going to be sex and explicit violence in it. ’
Where was I, or anyone, asking for explicit sex or violence? This idea that a queer relationship must equal anything explicit baffles and infuriates me. There is nothing inherantly more ‘sexual’ about queer relationships than heterosexual ones. My expectation of a queer relationship on a show like Merlin would be that it would be G-rated, just as every other romantic relationship is on the show. Flirting, banter, maybe a kiss, acknowledgement of the romance from other characters - that’s it. How on earth is that explicit?
As for explicit violence… I never asked for explicit violence. I don’t know anyone who has done. Why would we want that? The show already HAS some fairly damn explicit violence anyway, a lot of it directed at women by men. I think that’s way more damaging to any kids watching than seeing two men kiss would be, don’t you?
2. Homosexuality was never going to happen in this show so why so much anger that it hasn’t happened?
I have no idea what you think people who are complaining were 'expecting’ from this show. I personally was never expecting Merlin and Arthur to have a canon relationship - we can talk about what 'should’ or 'should not’ have happened in terms of writing a good TV show for a particular demographic, but no, I never expected that. I would EXPECT this show to do what Doctor Who has already done (even if it’s faltered somewhat under Moffat), which is have guest/recurring characters who pop up and have story lines and are awesome and also coincidentally GAAAAAY or bi or queer or trans.
We live in a POST CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS ERA. How is this not sinking in with people? We had John Barrowman rolling round the TARDIS flirting with anything and anyone with a PULSE regardless of gender (or planet of origin). That happened. The sky didn’t fall. Would it be so impossible to have that happen on Merlin, really? A guest character with a minor c-plot queer relationship?
And my anger here is that what Johnny Capps is saying in that interview where he laughingly talks about the cleavage on the women being 'something for the dads’ whilst totally dismissing the idea of a queer romance on the show because OMG THE CHILDRENZ IT WOULDN’T BE APPROPRIATE, is that this man is saying that he finds no issue at all with overtly sexualising the two female characters - that’s TOTALLY appropriate for children to see and be influenced by - but GOD FORBID they see a G-rated queer romance.
Let me say that again: Reducing women to sex objects = totally non-harmful to kids.
A consensual, healthy, G-rated gay romance = TRAUMATIC, HORRIBLE, DNW.
Cause, you know, that makes so much sense.