A Public Service Announcement for Characters of Color
(not pictured: Sheila Bennett, Harper the tomb vampire, Bethanne the tomb vampire, Mindy the hybrid, Chris the hybrid, Jonas Martin, Greta Martin, Gloria, Aja, Aimee Bradley, Bonnie Bennett… and probably more that I’ve forgotten)
You’re probably going to have to make another one of these for the very white New Orleans seen on The Originals, because we all know that any POC that shows up on that show will be killed./p>
I swear the only POC who hasn’t been killed on this show was Katherine’s friend Lucy who helped put her in the tomb in S2.
Lucy Bennett and Jamie Wilson, I think both ran away to Narnia where they keep the black extras they bring out every now and then for diversity (and to be killed).
Is everyone just going to ignore Bonnie?? Seriously. You are all just looking for things!
ok lemme splain you two thing
1. There is a world of difference between tokenism and fair representation. Pointing to a single character of color who has survived (and I use that term figuratively since Bonnie is actually quite dead, but as they’ve kept Kat Graham on the series let’s go with it for the sake of argument) doesn’t prove anything.
2. The only reason I included Bonnie in the caption instead of the gifset itself was that it is literally impossible to capture all of the myriad ways that girl is mistreated by this show and its writing (and often in ways that fall neatly into typical racist tropes like the mammy) in a single gif.
Bonnie is thoroughly disciplined by the narrative to the point that it’s LAUGHABLE how racist it is.
A powerful witch who has no other ambition but risking life and limb TIME AND AGAIN to solve yt people’s problems?
A fucking gorgeous young woman who for some ~mysterious~ reason never seems to attract romantic attention from the powerful male characters?
A girl who has NO issue perpetuating the centuries old servitude of her family to white people?
Yea miss me with that utter racist shit.
fuq this show fuq mystic falls and fuq a julie plec
Posts tagged the vampire diaries.
In 4x08, Elena was raped.
She could not say no. So she could not give consent. And every single time I see people talk about how much they love the scene, analyze the content, or make graphics about it, there is an angry damaged part of my soul that hates them with every fiber of my being.
I hate them because the very fact that Elena was raped doesn’t seem to matter to them. And I hold a special angry hate that only a raped five year old has to every single person who has tried to rewrite this as sex positive or feminist or good in any way shape or form.
The six year old in me who was told to be quiet wants to scream at every single person who has talked about how season four was about Elena getting agency or standing up for herself until the only thing they can hear for the rest of their pathetic lives is a little girl screaming. Me, screaming. At them.
I was raped repeatedly throughout my infancy and early childhood. I live with this fact every single day.
And every single time I see a romanticized picture of Elena being raped I am reminded of that fact. It’s an invasive unwanted memory that violates me. And I hate it. And don’t tell me about tumblr savior. Or getting out of fandom. Or some other solution to this little problem. Because that’s not what’s wrong.
My individual instant feeling is not the problem. It’s just a symptom.
The problem is that it exists. That Elena is raped and people don’t fucking see it.
The problem is that Elena and Damon have a summer of happy sex and I’ve seen a clip of giggly happy sex the preview. The problem is that Elena was raped and the text doesn’t give a fuck. The problem is that Elena was raped and the text doesn’t give a fuck and they’re having her sleep with the man who has shown absolutely no genuine remorse over the fact that he was instrumental in her rape.
I have tried to find a place to be okay with this. To be okay with the story they’re telling about Damon/Elena. And I’ve found a place to make peace with Damon/Elena in my head that ignores the actual story. But I haven’t found a way to be okay with it in canon.
I hate how they’ve treated Elena and I hate what that means for every single person who has ever been and will be raped.
I cannot be okay with her sleeping with Damon when she wasn’t even allowed to express anything at all about her rape last season. It doesn’t matter what season five does because they’ve already done so much damage.
And I shouldn’t have to be.
So I’m going to stop trying.
I hate it. I hate it. I hate it. And sometimes, a small angry damaged part of me hates every single person who doesn’t hate it.
And I’m not going to stop saying it.
And I’ve decided if that bothers people, I don’t give a fuck. By keeping my mouth closed I’ve been ignoring the little girl inside of me just like so many other people who were supposed to take care of her did. And I’m not going to do that to her anymore. I’m not going to do that to myself anymore.
I sincerely hope that you understand that.