A week and a half ago, the CW series The 100 killed off fan favorite Lexa (played by Alycia Debnam-Carey). It was a move that sparked outrage among many viewers because Lexa was just the most recent in a long line of queer (queer is being used as an inclusive, umbrella term) women killed on TV (The list is 130+ characters long and still growing). It appears that for many queer fans, Lexa was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Between her death being a trope that queer fans are all too familiar with and the disastrous handling of fans before and after by showrunner, Jason Rothenberg, queer fans started a cross-fandom movement that is long overdue. Fans took to social media to trend “LGBT Fans Deserve Better” during last week’s episode of The 100 to send a message to everyone that queer people are tired of poor representation. We’re tired of harmful tropes and not being allowed to hope for a happy ending. “LGBT Fans Deserve Better” did indeed trend (while The 100 did not). During that time, people were encouraged to donate to The Trevor Project, an organization that provides suicide prevention resources and crisis intervention to LGBTQ youth. So far, over $40,000 has been donated.
“i am a very different person with a very different world view than my employer on the 100 – and my work on the 100 was to use my skills to bring that vision to life. xena will be a very different show made for very different reasons. there is no reason to bring back xena if it is not there for the purpose of fully exploring a relationship that could only be shown subtextually in first-run syndication in the 1990s. it will also express my view of the world – which is only further informed by what is happening right now – and is not too difficult to know what that is if you do some digging.”
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