I’ll grant you, anon, that diversity isn’t enough to save a show from poor writing. However, let’s talk about a few other things, shall we?
Let’s talk about how shows with all white male protagonists can churn out straight-up racist episodes still be utterly beloved by its fanbase and the Emmys. Let’s talk about how shows with all white male protagonists can kill off every female character it’s ever had for ten years and still have a massive popular following heralding it as progressive for gay representation. Let’s talk about how movies with with all white male leading men (most of them named Chris), with POCs and women only in supporting roles, is hailed as progressive.
No? Don’t want to talk about that?
Then let’s talk about how before Elementary started, before a single episode script had been seen by the public, Sherlock fans and its creators derided the show for daring to make Watson a woman, and called its leading lady ‘a dog’ on televised interviews. Let’s talk about how the Sherlock fandom hurled racist, sexist, and painfully country-centric abuse at Elementary before the show even premiered.
Let’s talk about how a certain show’s fandom is so bad there’s an entire Tumblr dedicated to documenting misogyny in the fandom (hey, sherlockfandomhateswomen!)
Let’s talk about how a number of people who responded to my comment about Tumblr fans admitted that they never gave Elementary a chance because the fandom reaction had been so virulent before a single scene of writing was made public.
Let’s talk about how there are literally fans who defend their dislike of Elementary because “Watson has to be a man” or “how dare they make Moriarty a woman.”
Don’t want to talk about that either?
I find it so fucking hilarious, men think about famous women and female characters sexually all the time, they masturbate to the thought of Scarlett Johansson and Black Widow all the time, there is an entire genre of porn dedicated to spoofing movies like Star Wars and Harry Potter
but women write (sometimes novel length) pieces of fiction featuring their favourite characters who sometimes end up in sexual situations and it’s “weird” and “gross” and “odd”
and I’m just, I didn’t see your double standard there, would you mind just shoving it a bit further into my eye socket that’d be great
Men are literally spoonfed this sexual objectification of women characters by mainstream media itself. There isn’t one fucking poster of Back Widow that hasn’t provocatively positioned her body, hip jut, body turned to show her ass, breasts outlined. Comic book art has always been incredibly misogynistic, with women characters displayed in such a way that mouth-breathing dude readers can enjoy their comics and then have a wank after.
…so women spend time crafting fanworks that sexually stimulate them because mainstream media and comics offers us crumbs when it comes to stimulating our gaze, yet somehow, we end up the ‘weird,’ gross ones??
lol. oh ok.