You know, this letter, this petition… it feels damn good.
I keep seeing people, even those reblogging the petition link, saying that most likely, it won’t bring Sara back, but it’s worth signing.
And they’re not wrong.
Sadly, even if we got a hundred thousand signatures, most likely we won’t get Sara back.
But it is, indeed, worth signing.
If nothing else, it generates conversation, calls for attention, awareness. Broadens understanding.
Stephen Amell himself said Sara’s sexuality never crossed the writers’ minds when they wrote her death.
Why didn’t it?
It should have. They wrote her as a bisexual hero in a media landscape where bisexuals barely exist (and even still didn’t dare to “label” her as bisexual.) They’ve patted themselves on the back for their moves for diversity and representation (and they surely included Sara and Nyssa.)
Representation isn’t a write-in reward. You don’t just have queer characters show up and get patted on the head for outstanding efforts in diversifying media. There is a responsibility in that representation, in how that character is portrayed, in how they are treated in the script.
It matters more, quite simply.
So it damn well should have crossed the writers’ minds that they were writing the death of their only regularly recurring queer character, of one of the very few bisexual characters on television, of the only canonically queer female superhero on TV.
Writing is only partly about the actual text on the page; the rest is nuance and context, subtext and how the audience receives and perceives the message and reacts to it.
And if Stephen Amell is correct, and it never occurred to the writers of Arrow to consider the implications of murdering Sara Lance (and how they murdered Sara lance), bisexual superheroine, then maybe this letter will reach them and they’ll realize that was failure, and that it was bullshit.
Maybe next time they’ll create responsible media, and consider exactly what message they are giving the world with their story choices.
It’s a small thing to hope for, given what we wish this letter and petition could achieve.
But the sad fact of this fight is that we have to take our small victories where we can. We pile them up, so we can even hope to reach the larger ones.
- Adolph Hitler commits mass genocide: Loathed by almost all of America.
- Christopher Columbus commits mass genocide: Celebrated with barbecues and furniture sales.
Ever hear the term “SJW”? It means “social justice warrior,” and it refers specifically to people who point out racism or sexism in movies, video games, and other pop culture. Those people are considered worse than other types of critics because instead of just pointing out that a movie has flaws, they’re accusing people who like it of being awful.
Except they’re not, of course. If someone points out that the alternator belt in your car is slipping, they’re not accusing you of being some kind of mustache-twirling, white cat-stroking supervillain for having car problems. They’re not accusing you of anything. They’re talking about your fucking car.
I got it. We all know Arrow writers like to fridge women. So Laurel will take the name ‘Dinah’ when Mama Lance dies of something eventually, probably at the hands of a villain. (Rumor mill has it Laurel will visiting Central City.) If we’re lucky, Alex Kingston has been warned off by Caity Lotz to never, ever guest star again and Dinah will die offscreen.
But, like, we know Laurel and Dinah don’t have a close relationship but we also know Dinah is super-smart (professor & academic), and Dinah was closer to Sara than Laurel. But whatever. L wil probably be in Central City finally informing Mommy of Sara’s death and they’ll bond and blah blah blah blah. Something happens to Dinah and Laurel takes up Mommy’s name in tribute to Sara and Mommy.
I would be VERY shocked if by the end of the series Laurel Lance still goes by Laurel Lance. Anyway, that’s my theory and I don’t think the writers will sell it anymore than they did Laurel stealing Sara’s Canary identity. Which, they failed at that, so this name thing will probably be even worst. (YES! In the context of Arrow, it IS stealing. Sara’s Canary name is tied very specifically in context to her LOA background and her own heroic work in Starling City. Sara gave Laurel her jacket only, she did NOT give Laurel permission to steal her name. Laurel is NOT honouring Sara by stealing Canary identity..and probably look.. but remaining quiet about Sara’s heroic work. That’s erasure on Laurel’s part and its disturbing cuz it echoes real life where straight and white people steal the hard work and activism of GLBTAQ+ and POC)
Oh, and I’m figuring Helena’s line “once you let the darkness inside, it never comes out” will be how Laurel comes up with ~Black~ Canary. There will be a callback or something. (Laurel wil prob get her name officially the next time Helena guest stars…) Cuz you know subtlety is a thing the Arrow writers just excel at. (NOT!)
nyssa whispering “i love you” in arabic and other languages while cuddling sara under a soft blanket (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:・ﾟ✧
nyssa kissing away sara’s tears (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:・ﾟ✧
nyssa dancing with sara to current top 40 hip-hop like a big dork ヽ(*⌒∇⌒*)ﾉ
NYSARA BEING DOMESTIC AND ADORABLE (*≧∀≦*)
what if people wanting m/m and f/f romantic relationships to become canon advocated for queer representation WITHOUT saying that they’re “too close to be just friends” and shitting all over aromantic people