comics are supposed to be fun
which isn’t to say that they ought not deal with pressing or complex or fraught issues, not at all
but they’re supposed to be fun in the sense that they’re engaging and absorbing and interesting, something you want to spend time digging into
FUN, you know
not daily sources of frustration and disappointment and offense
sure little guy
Every comic book fan who rejects Sam Wilson as Captain America would be a disappointment to Steve Rogers, and that makes me happy.
I’m upset by this for a bunch of reasons.
I feel like the good points that were brought up (don’t mock/shame fans for reading into blatant subtext, don’t use the “it doesn’t serve the story” excuse to erase queer protagonists) and are valid claims of queerbaiting are overshadowed by the tone of the tweets—and the article, too. It sounds a lot like they’re purposely withholding an on-screen romance between Dean and Cas when, really, it’s not the case. The characters have a fully developed, complex relationship but it wasn’t intended to have a romantic aspect; what we read into it is an interpretation. What is queerbaiting is to purposely hint at it while simultaneously chastising the viewers for seeing it, or to act like a character can’t be queer because there wouldn’t be a point for it. It’s not a Destiel thing. It’s a respect thing, as in “respect your LGBTQ audience”. It’s not and shouldn’t be a demand for Destiel to be canon. To say that a Dean/Cas romance wouldn’t serve the story (if it was the case) would be a valid reason not to make it happen because we’re not the ones writing that story. So let’s not turn an important message of dissatisfaction re: queer representation into a shipping thing.
The other thing that really bothers me is that the #AskSupernatural hashtag had some fantastic tweets calling out the Supernatural writers on their casual racism and misogyny and on their lack of recurring characters that aren’t cis white straight men. Instead, people are writing and talking about how badly the fans want Destiel. You know what I want? Women who survive the whole episode.
In b4 “yeah but this is the Advocate what do you expect them to write about”; I’m willing to bet almost everyone who reblogged the compilation of Destiel-centric #AskSupernatural tweets didn’t even know about the other super important tweets calling writers out on their bullshit.
you ever see a thing that just makes you cackle? x
It’s like Marvel is really trying to piss people off, lol.
calling it, whoever the new iron man is they won’t be straight. marvel’s tryna go for the trifecta.