“So you want these characters to get together? As in have sex? But aren’t they old?” And with my friend’s words, came my realization that we have, as a society, a massive problem with ageist prejudice.
My introduction to fandom started at the bright young age of 14 when I joined the “24” forums on the fox website. Entirely consumed with the 2 middle aged couples on the show [even then], I was largely oblivious to the fact that me and the 5 other people I interacted with were a rare bunch. Everyone else was far too concerned with the younger male protagonist’s love life, and pitting his various love interests against each other.
It wasn’t until I started joining more fandoms and talking to friends outside of forums, that I increasingly felt marginalized. My friends would tease me for caring more for the older characters then the younger, and finding a community of people who preferred the Elsie Hughes and Charles Carsons to Sybil and Tom Bransons became like finding a needle in a haystack. And the problems don’t end there.
Even in fandom, there has been a dramatic increase lately in ageist behavior from fans who attack older characters and attack others for liking them, despite the lack of screen time that these older characters already get. It’s awful. And I’ve had enough.
Yeah it garnered some major side eyeing from me lol
Not one of those shows with a feminist agenda oh no how awful those shows with feminist agendas are.
*large degree of sarcasm font on*
Manhattan Meat Lovers Pizza or don’t even bother.
oh yes, absolutely
charlie strongly suggests that maybe he should be the one to order it, but leona insists
I don’t know, could we all stop behaving like asshats and stop posting hate in one another’s character tags?
Do people get that Carol and Beth are both amazing characters who have their own stories independent of their relationship(s) with Daryl Dixon and we should celebrate that instead of posting hate on either one of them in the tags people track because they enjoy the character? Let’s celebrate how strong both of them are instead of who ends up with Daryl.
(I absolutely get that it goes both ways.)
It just hit me that if next week plays out even a little bit the way the previews indicate?
Carol will have what no other female character has in 4B.
A storyline entirely unrelated to a man.
So basically. Queen out.
In the end, I think I’ve come to realize that I care more about Carol on TWD than C*ryl on TWD.