when male writers create “strong female characters” that show hints of feminism without ever calling it feminism.
when said strong female characters go ahead and slut shame and spray hate all over other women.
Probably shouldn’t get involved past this point, but she actually did tag Community and Dan Harmon in her post. Her layout doesn’t show her tags, but you can see them this way: http://mitzi—may.tumblr.com/tagged/dan%20harmon and http://mitzi—may.tumblr.com/tagged/community.
That said… this whole thing is kind of depressing. I sorta think her criticism misses the mark, at least from the perspective of a creator trying to write characters as real, honest people above all else, and that maybe he had a valid reason to feel defensive about that. But this is really a situation where cooler heads should have prevailed, IMO. Ultimately he’s the guy with the network show, and I don’t think it benefits him, or anyone, to react this way to criticism on a public forum. All it does it make everyone watching him feel kinda shitty.
This could have been a great opportunity for discussion and understanding, but unfortunately both sides came in hostile.
Totally agree with this. Britta is my baby but you cannot deny there have been moments where she’s slut shamed (such as when she told Annie she was “jump-starting date rapists” in The Psychology of Letting Go). Not to say she does that on a regular basis though.
Britta is pretty much the most original and complex character from the group. It’s interesting that she’s a feminist but tends to have a lot of white feminist views. (ANYWAY THIS IS NOT EVEN THE POINT I WAS GOING TO TALK ABOUT BECAUSE BRITTA OFFENDS ME THE LEAST FROM ALL THE FEMALE CHARACTERS).
I love Dan’s show even though several jokes do not sit well with me (anything to do with rape/molestation etc). He needs to learn to think before he speaks. He lashes out CONSTANTLY, has to apologize REPEATEDLY, and then does the same thing again. His retorts are also always wildly inappropriate (anyone remember him comparing season 4 of Community to watching his family being raped at the beach?)