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Why The 100's showrunner lost 15k followers, and why it matters



[Spoiler (click to open)]* In last week's episode ("Thirteen") of The 100, Jason Rothenberg totally Tara Maclay-ed Lexa because he did not get the memo that Buffy is the last show you want to copy when you play in the dead lesbian sandbox.

* What made things worse is that the show aggressively courted an LGBTQ fanbase and many breathlessly hyperbolic articles were written about how the show was one of the most progressive and revolutionary queer shows on television*.

* All of that's gone to shit and people are mad. Rothenberg lost ~15k followers on twitter in the wake of Lexa's death. Former fans are also fundraising for the Trevor Project.

* Javier Grillo-Marxuach, the writer for "Thirteen" and a co-exec producer of the upcoming Xena reboot, has acknowledged that they fucked up.

* Why all this matters: "When you are part of an oppressed minority whose fictional representations repeatedly meet ignoble and, at times gruesome, demises, it can make you and people like you feel worthless or unimportant. If the characters who represent you can't get a happy ending then, silly though it may sound, it starts to feel like you won't get one either, especially if you happen to be a young queer person coming to terms with your queerness."


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Somewhere, Joss Whedon is cackling.



* I TOLD Y'ALL NOT TO FALL FOR IT.
Tags: lgbtq / rights, the 100 (cw)
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