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Supernatural, fandom and more grey hairs
Sparky
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So, on Supernatural recently, there was a scene where Dean was being followed by another man. The man was stalking him for information, Dean approached him and demanded to know why the man, Aaron, was following him.

 Aaron (lying) responds that he thought they had a moment (eyes crossed across a crowded room moment) and was hoping to, basically, hook up. Dean chokes, stutters, splutters, fumbles around and desperately extricates himself from the situation.

 Yeah, I’ve seen that joke before. We’ve actually seen it on Supernatural before – Dean comes into contact with gay or bisexual men and is supremely uncomfortable and weirded out. It’s old, it’s depressing and it’s annoying on a show that in 8 seasons has only managed one decent portrayal of a Lesbian, Charlie for a massive 2 episodes (that’s 2 episodes out of 163, let’s be clear here), and repeatedly used gay men as a butt of jokes.

 And the slashers?

 “ZOMG DEAN IS CANONICALLY BISEXUAL!?”

 What?

 He was spluttering and virtually non-verbal and all but sprinted from the room but because he didn’t outright say “I’m straight, how very dare you?!” that makes him bi? The show is now magically inclusive?!

 Really?

It's not like, in 163 episodes and counting, they didn't have ample time and repeated opportunity to establish Dean as bi, among all his hookups among all his heart to heart talks, among all the monster-of-the-week episodes - more than enough opportunities untaken. But why would the writers make one of the main characters GBLT on this show when they know fandom will give them inclusion kudos anyway?

 And then people wonder why so much of slash annoys me and I think it has zero respect for actual gay and bisexual men.

 



Well that's it, isn't then? I mean, if a character doesn't either vehemently deny it or, in rare cases, so very rare, say that they are flattered but they don't swing that way, then that must mean it's guilt by association. This is what we have to look forward to for at least another decade of two, if that short a period of time, right? So we're stuck with yet another show who basically lights us on fire and then walks away with the coveted inclusion cookie. I blame fandom, really I do. I was intrigued by fandom initially. But it seems to be a whole lot of straight women pairing up characters who are both male. The forbidden fruit they can't have, huh? I have found more women, both straight and bisexual, who are more interested in gay porn than the most avid of gay porn aficionados. That's not to say that all of them are but I know more than my fair share that are. Maybe that says something about me... hmm.

I saw that gif on my tumblr account but I didn't know the context of it.

Now that I know... yeah, not cool.

The excitement makes me so sad, in ways :( I have almost, well, zero faith in the SPN writers to take it beyond this sort of teasing. I'll be surprised and happy if they do and they do it well, but I wouldn't be surprised if they continue to dangle the carrot in front of the slash fans because they know the fans love it and that there's no risk involved.

It's why I've stopped watching shows like White Collar, Suits, Merlin, SPN, Sherlock etc... I'll pay attention when there's a show with a gay couple as canon, rather than baiting.

I hate the SPN fandom for a variety of reasons. This is just one more reason, uck.

*hugs*

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