I've literally being going through the river dale tag and you are the first person to mention jugheads asexuality..... why couldn't they make it apparent in riverdale, I'm so upset he isn't it in the series.
a lot of aces have given up on watching the show so I’m not surprised that I’m the first person you came across mentioning jughead’s asexuality. tho I am surprised that you even found me, or that I was even in the tag cause I never tag my liveblogs directly.
Anyway, the show has A LOT of issues, like the bad writing (why do you have to finalise things now, in such a final way? -archie in ep 11) and the bad plot ideas (incest???) so I’m not really surprised that they fucked up jughead. I mean, look at kevin, he literally said that moose should ‘stay in the closet’ like what self respecting queer person tells another (struggling) queer person to stay in the closet??!?!
The thing with jughead is that he has always been ace, always. there was just never a word for it until the 2011 iterations. and I guess when the riverdale writers came together, they figured that queer-baiting on multiple levels was ok??? Honestly, the writer’s just aren’t as progressive as they think they are (I mean, do we even have to mention the beronica kiss in ep 1??). so erasing jug’s asexuality I think was always going to happen, because the writers aren’t going to be praised by wider society for adding in an ace character. let’s be real here.
The issue for me is that in a lot of instances throughout the series, he can still be read as ace. even in the Hell Scene in the finale. because lets face it, I have been in those positions, doing what jughead did, and the only thing that’s missing is the panic attack at the end. They queer baited me through terrible writing!!! (Also like somehow the series managed to one up incest by personally attacking me???? like that scene was such a call out???) I mean, those kind of scenes and the Hell Ship could be useful to jughead’s character, but only in the journey of jughead coming out as ace. The writers honestly don’t have the balls for that.
and the fandom itself isn’t great either. you get a lot of bughead shippers that say that they only ship bughead in the universes where jughead isn’t ace. And unfortunately for them that’s all the universes, its just that the writers didn’t want to do anything truly amazing. so I suspect in the next few weeks we will be getting bughead shippers coming out of the woodworks to justify the Hell Ship.
in summary, the writer’s didn’t want to tackle asexuality cause they wrote in their token gay and figured they had don’t enough for queer rep cause that’s what everyone else was doing. and if they get renewed they will continue to not look at jughead’s asexuality because they don’t want to do anything truly progressive. The show is trash and the fandom is trash. support neither. actually just read the comics