I'm gonna get up on a soap box a little here:
THE GIRLS IN DEH NEED MORE RECOGNITION.
the girls in DEH need MORE RECOGNITION
the girls in DEH need more recognition
THE LADIES IN DEH NEED AND DESERVE MORE FREAKING RECOGNITION
Do you see a pattern here?
I think that, for the most part the fandom can pretty much agree on that.
You might think Alana is annoying, or that what she did was wrong, but that doesn’t make her not important. She is an incredibly deep character and I’ve hashed some of that out in a previous post if you care about my opinion. Also can I get a “HELL YEAH” for Kristolyn Lloyd? That woman is a gd powerhouse.
You might dislike Zoe, I know I dislike some of the things she says, but that doesn’t make her any less of a strong, developed, wonderfully written and portrayed female character. Zoe is important. And can we talk about Laura Dreyfuss please? Talk about perfection personified.
I mean idk how you could hate Heidi that woman tried so damn hard. She isn’t perfect because who is? but she owns that fact, more so than any other character in the show. She knows she’s fail at times but that doesn’t mean she didn’t give her all. Heidi Hansen is important. Heidi Hansen is Supermom and you can fight me behind Denny’s at 3am if you disagree. Also I’ll fight you if you dare insult my mother Rachel Bay Jones.
Cynthia, oh Cynthia. She is a terrible mother. And you know what, that sucks. But you know what else? She lost her son. Okay, this woman lost her freaking son, and she has every right to lose her damn mind. But she exhibits characteristics of a kind and caring person, who is generous and thankful for her lot. Her failing Connor (and Zoe) doesn’t make her a bad person. No one gets handed a “how-to mother” book when they have kids. People make mistakes, some people make a lot of mistakes. She tried. That’s all you can do sometimes. Cynthia Murphy is important. Don’t you dare dispute it. Jennifer Laura Thompson puts nearly as much emotion into that show as Ben does. She’s on stage sobbing and playing a grieving mother every night and someone give her an award please.
•Evan Hansen is the main character. He’s gonna get attention.
•Connor Murphy is a mystery (and played by Michael Faist). He’s gonna get attention.
•Jared Kleinman is the comic relief and therefore easy to make jokes around. He’s gonna get attention.
•Larry sucks. No attention for you. (But yay Michael Park!)
•We don’t need to tear the other characters down, just boost these ladies up so they are on an even playing field as the others.
But there should be just as much Alana and Cynthia as there is Jared. Just as much Heidi as there is Connor. Just as much Zoe as there is Evan.
And this isn’t just one persons fault. It’s everyone’s fault. I know I’m guilty of posting more about Connor Murphy than any of the ladies. And the media does it too. (I NEED MORE LAURA INTERVIEWS ALSO KRISTOLYN). But it is something that we can all fix. It doesn’t take much to put a pause on our bathbomb memes and show these ladies some love.
And this isn’t just a DEH problem. It’s in every fandom out there for the most part.