obviously not from the show though okay

every time i see something like “haha “hatekeepers” only have a voice online! they’re too scared to talk irl!!” im just like… it’s almost as though cis+het aces aren’t scared to make lgbt people feel uncomfortable in their own spaces irl.

 it’s almost like lgbt people haven’t been ousted from lgbt spaces because they happened to make a cis+het ace angry by showing “pda.” 

it’s almost as if… cis+het aces AREN’T scared to assert themselves irl because it’s almost as though they have some kind of societal privilege that makes them feel like it’s okay to force their way into lgbt spaces and make the people there change to suit them… but obviously lgbt people are the cowards here! 

not as though we’re in a system which favors the voices of cis+het people above lgbt people… haha in what world would this ever happen though

Let's Talk About Seung-Gil Lee

I’ve recently been watching copious amounts of the anime «Yuri!!! On Ice» and though (quite deservedly) most conversation concerns Viktor and Yuuri’s relationship, I believe we should be talking more about the South Korean skater, Seung-Gil Lee.
The writers obviously are intent upon breaking barriers with this show, and a lot of that comes from undermining stereotypes. For example, we’ve a cuddly (as someone put it), non-homophobic Russian and a confident (to the point of self-obsessed) Canadian amongst others. But in terms of intricacy and subtlety, Lee’s character is the most interesting.
Lee, certainly at first glance, appears to bolster, to a certain degree, his country’s stereotypes. Where I’m from, South Koreans are known to be quite the hard-working bunch. Korea, as it happens, occupies one of the top places on the world PISA rankings and, more seriously, it has one of the highest youth suicide rates in the world. Koreans, clearly, are highly pressured and compelled to perform. Lee is certainly that: he is, more so than anyone else in the series, highly strung. But this is where I think the stereotypes fall apart. He fails. In spite of trying his hardest, he cannot make the Grand Prix Final- he simply is not quite good enough. But that’s still, from a writing perspective, an act of brilliance. In the same way as the show gives the middle finger to notion of Russians all being cold homophobes, it challenges the concept that if one is studious and hard working, one automatically succeeds. Sometimes, things just don’t quite happen even when we try our very hardest. That hurts. And that’s a lesson I wish I had learnt many years ago.
And so, stereotypes are broken in one way. But there is something else. Lee is, at least by my reading of his character, to some degree gay. He appears disinterested and detached from the Italian with whom he appears to have been in close contact at some point (this remains ambiguous at time of writing, c. Episode 10). Naturally, this would be typically just another sign of Lee’s signature coldness if it were not for the further reading which spoke outright of his dislike of women. I would also suggest that Lee’s now-infamous short programme costume, resembling both a feather duster and a rainbow, is a playful jab at this part of the character by the writers. Lee plays well the ‘straight’ card: he lacks Chris’ open sexuality, or Yuuri and Viktor’s open comfort around each other, instead appearing to remain aloof. Yet that’s just how he is. So assuming he does, in fact, like guys- that makes his character somewhat unprecedented. A non-flamboyant, seemingly-cold and detached gay character? That’s a big deal to people like me who fit that bill but are always accused of 'pretending to be straight’.
It’s yet another way in which Lee’s character is used to warp transform stereotypes. There are other subtleties in his character I’d love to analyse, especially when he finally loses control of his emotions, but they’re kind of tenuous and I won’t keep you.
So there you have it. Seung-Gil Lee. What a guy.

You know what I need from Houdini & Doyle? I need an episode where they start investigating murders that look an awful lot like the murders in Sherlock Holmes stories.

And Doyle is convinced that a deranged fan/serial killer is staging murders to look like Sherlock stories. He desperately wants to find this killer before they kill again because even though he hates Holmes it’s like “hello I am responsible for this crazy person’s actions”, and Houdini comes along to help because obviously. But in the course of their investigation, Houdini start messing with Doyle going “What if this isn’t someone imitating your books, but it’s your books come to life? What if the collective energies and beliefs of your fans bring Holmes and Watson and all of your characters to life?”

And clearly Houdini is just saying this to mess with Doyle, because Houdini is an ass who likes to needle Doyle but Doyle is just like “I SWEAR TO GOD HARRY NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO BELIEVE IN THE SUPERNATURAL HELP ME FIND THE CRAZY FAN.”

And sure they find a crazy fan but the ending is also left sort of open-ended, that what if it wasn’t just a deranged fan? Maybe the collective joy and belief of Doyle’s fans have something to do with it and breathed into Sherlock Holmes a life of his own…

Okay so we now know Bea is dead. I am obviously disappointed about losing an amazing character and the hole I think it will leave. However, unfortunately I think it is time we had the tropes conversation.

I know it was all filmed before Lexa’s death on the 100 and the fallout so they had nothing to learn from. That is not really an excuse though. Who in their right minds thinks its a wise idea to build one of the few beautiful and cohesive LGBT storylines using a main character of a show, spend all season getting them together, only to kill one of them right after they have found happiness?

If they knew they were going to write Bea out from the start then that LGBT storyline was there to give Bea a nice little send off. That’s a pity because until the final episode it was beautifully written. In the final episode (apart from the phone call) it was pretty corny at times. Its about time that writers did more than just throw us a bone before snatching it off us and throwing it in the bin. I thought Wentworth was better.

The sea horse analogy didn’t work with the ending they aired. It only works if both live or both die. This suggests they didn’t know for sure whether they would write Danielle off. It appears that they had planned to have them both die if Bea was leaving but changed their mind.

This was probably due to the popularity of Allie’s character. They seem to have missed the point though. I am not saying people wont like Allie without Ballie. I liked her from the off before Bea showed any interest back and she is a really likable character. However no LGBT viewer is going to enjoy watching yet another lesbian/bisexual character mourn the loss of a loved one. Its so frustrating that the writers can’t see that.

The usual excuse given by writers is ‘they thought they had done enough’. Its a bullshit excuse full stop. Wentworth will argue they have a wealth of LGBT characters including a relationship. If they argued this at the end of episode 2 they would have had at least a leg to stand on. Seriously though, they have not been on screen together since 4x02. Bridget was barely used this season and even when Franky was in it there was no mention of their relationship. There were Fridget scenes filmed that never made the episodes. A relationship we are left to presume may still be going on without any screen time isn’t good representation and it isn’t 'enough’.

I have always been really supportive of the show and its choices but they are wide of the mark this time. Shows need to stop and think about their storytelling. If you are bashing a community that is already struggling to stand tall then you are doing something seriously wrong.