this really is my last thing i’m going to contribute to the rick riordan discourse, at least that’s going to be well thought out and cohesive. but contrary to popular belief, i can be rational lol. i know that not having one character be a lesbian doesn’t automatically make you a terrible person, i know that reyna isn’t my character, obviously.
nobody has really been claiming this. maybe on the fringe, maybe as a joke, but the core of our argument and our logic was never that. i know it’s easier to dismiss us as hateful and placing unfair demands, but lesbians are a marginalized group. we are oppressed. we are chronically underrepresented in fiction, and when we are, we are represented badly. we rarely have the freedom to have our own characters even in fandom. i don’t think i have EVER seen a post about lesbian reyna that didn’t say “she could be bi you know” somewhere in the reblogs/replies section. you don’t let us have lesbian characters in peace. nobody does, ever. it always comes with a fight, from both the fandom, and, now, the author.
so we get angry. we get angry, and we become jaded, and we become mistrustful, because we have been hurt very deeply by fiction and fandom before. we immediately launch into offense when something bad happens, because we’re ALWAYS on defense. and our “offense” usually consists of making memes, saying fuck a lot, and calling people homophobic. anyone who spends any time on tumblr knows that “choke” is just a buzzword without any threat behind it. as for telling him to die—i don’t know anyone who has said this, i certainly have not. we’re not a crazy mob. we’re not demanding anything unreasonable—a lesbian girl would suffice. a bi girl would suffice. and a genuine apology.
you take this anger as a reason not to listen. you take this anger as justification towards rick riordan lecturing us about our own stereotypes after he explicitly asked to be corrected and promised us he would listen. you take this anger as a reason why we deserve not to be listened to.
that is homophobic. there is no two ways about this. if you think we need to write our own books in order to see lesbians represented, that we aren’t even allowed to demand them from an author who is our self-proclaimed ally, you are being homophobic. if you think our voices should only be heard so long as they’re not angry voices, you are homophobic. if you think we don’t deserve our allies because we are too angry, you are homophobic.
you do not get a get out of jail free card because you’re a wlw yourself. you do not get the authority to say we’re “bitching” and “whining” and making unfair demands. you do not have the right to tell me “when he gives you an inch you demand an arm.” you do not get the right to call us a pack of angry “piranhas.”
we are not going anywhere, we deserve to be listened to, we deserve to appear in fiction. we have a right to dismiss our allies who literally ASKED us to correct them, hold them accountable, and keep educating them. we have a right to be hurt. we have a right to be heard. if you do not believe that, you. are. a. homophobe.
it’s just that simple. if there’s any takeaway from this disaster, let it be this.