Nah, but like… that mean female characters getting hate while mean male characters get defended happens for literally everything. Female characters get hate for being “too cutesy” or “too nice” or “too bitchy” or “too slutty” or too this or too that. I’ve literally never seen one female character that wasn’t hated by someone for one of her personality traits.
But with male characters, it’s like:
“too cutesy”: MY SON MY PRECIOUS CINNAMON ROLL TOO GOOD FOR THIS WORLD TOO PURE
“too nice”: He’s so sweet?? omg he’s the best
“too bitchy/mean”: He’s just misunderstood!!
“too slutty”: haha jk no one ever calls male characters slutty. When male characters are hypersexual, they’re super hot and there’s 30,000 smut fics written about them.
“too cutesy”: UGH. She’s so annoying? Her voice just grates on my nerves?? She’s childish and stupid.
“too nice”: She never even does anything? And come on, no one is that nice irl. She’s totally useless, and the series could do without her.
“too bitchy/mean”: She’s horrible and toxic and abusive and she must be DESTROYED immediately. I hate her. Even though the male character did a Way Worse Thing, I’m going to hate her twice as much as I hate him.
“too slutty”: Holy shit?? She’s literally only there for fanservice. You could delete her from the story, and it would be the same. She doesn’t matter at all, and I hate her for her hypersexuality. Instead of writing 30,000 smut fics about her, let’s write fics about how she DIES.
Literally the only character archetype I’ve seen where they get the same level of hatred is the “crybaby” archetype, and then it doesn’t matter if the characters are mentally ill. If they shed more than two tears over something the fandom deems as “a stupid reason,” they’re seen as “weak” and thus completely hated. Because mentally ill people are not allowed to exist and no one is allowed to be sad in a way that’s “”””annoying”””” at all ever.
But I’m pretty sure that you could show any fandom two characters who are exactly the same in every way except for their gender and they’d all flock to the male character but it’s ~~~whatever~~~
Can we as a fandom Steroline Fam just collectively stop getting mad/upset when people call Steroline incest? It’s literally the dumbest “drag” I have ever seen because it’s not a drag, it’s a fabrication created by brain damaged morons. All it does is show they have no actual arguments against Steroline within the context of the show so they constantly use nonsense as an insult.
It’s stupid, it’s always been stupid and we should just stop paying it any mind.