You might think this belongs on my other blog where I talk about geeky stuff, but I’ve really started to see this more in light of crazy feminists who only look at TV series in terms of the gender of the people they cast. This whole thing came up as I was listening to a podcast on the new Supergirl TV series, which is very good by the way and you should be watching it, and the hosts started making a lot of arguments about how women are treated on television.
Now I’ll admit that women haven’t been particularly well treated on either the big or the small screen and that probably extends to different races as well, but as I’ve said before, there is a form of reverse racism and sexism going on by people with charts and stopwatches who desperately want their particular demographic to be on-screen just as long as other demographics. Instead of having a color-blind and gender-blind and orientation-blind world, they spend all of their time paying attention to only color, gender and orientation. Instead of just hiring the best actors and actresses, they want special interest groups to get equal appearances on-screen whether they are actually good at it or not.
Don’t get me wrong, as I said, Supergirl is really quite good, but the writers keep jumping up and down with signs that say “See! We’re giving feminists what they want!” It’s unnecessary. They don’t need to have characters saying “isn’t it great that there’s a female superhero that my daughter can look up to!”
Beyond that though, they keep bringing up the Bechdel Test, which says that a show must have at least two women who interact with each other and don’t talk about men. Supposedly, Supergirl passes the test, but shows like Arrow and Flash do not. Well, Arrow and Flash are both primarily male dominated shows, made for a male audience. There are plenty of female cast members, but when they talk, they are almost always talking about the male members because that’s what the show is about. But you know what doesn’t make sense? None of these women complain on female-dominated shows, aimed at a female audience, when the men are treated like set dressing and only talk about women. I guess there is no reverse Bechdel Test.
And then you get the other side of the aisle who are mad that they made Jimmy Olson a black guy, just because he’s always been white in the comics. Who cares? Mehcad Brooks is really, really good at it, who cares what his skin color is? I know I don’t, I treat TV adaptations of comics as their own animals. If they made it into Jody Olson and it was a black woman who really knocked the portrayal out of the park, I’d be down for that too. A black, gay, transgender woman in a wheelchair? Give me a good performance and I’m on board. I couldn’t care less about any of that, why is everyone else so interested?
Also shipping. I hate shipping. While this is going to be more for the other blog, I’m just going to stick it here because it drives me crazy. Shipping is what people who are really deeply invested in two characters getting together romantically on a show do. It’s short for “relationshipping”. It’s utterly stupid. Now I don’t care if, in the telling of the story, relationships happen, but more often than not, these people don’t care if it has any impact on the storyline, they just want to see various and sundry characters getting into relationships and honestly, it ruins shows. It ruined Bones, I watched it for the first seven seasons until they did what show creator swore would never happen, that Bones and Booth would never get together, but he relented because all of the whining fanboys and girls demanded that it happened. So they lost me as a viewer because it became more about the relationship and less about solving murders. But when you listen to people talking about these shows, it invariably comes up who ought to be fucking who. Who cares? This is a police procedural or a mystery or a superhero show or a sci-fi epic. It is not a romcom! Stop pretending that it is! If it directly ties in to the plot, fine. If it’s just meaningless fluff designed to keep the fangirls happy, knock it off.
And thus ends the rant. I know it isn’t as weighty as some things I cover, but sometimes, these things just need to be said.