Gotham, Arrow and the case of the evil lesbian ex-girlfriends

17 10 2014

Bashing on DC does sort of feel like stealing candy from a child. It is just too easy. On the other hand the child is a world-class asshole so it’s not like I have to feel bad about it. The screwed up relationship between DC and homosexuality is nothing new. I’ve even talked about it on this blog HERE, which is amazing considering I miss every other relevant topic ever. Then of course there was that whole Batwoman who can’t get married business. The only truly noteworthy thing about the whole “Training to be Batman’s wife” shirt issue recently was that it was just misogynist not homophobic. Well except if you put it into context with the Batwoman issue from before then it suddenly looks even more shitty because it could mean the actual Batwoman who’s not allowed to have a woman for a wife. If these people would do this on purpose I would be awed at just how well all their shittyness connects. Maybe they want to combine it all to form Shitron the giant robot and attack Marvel Headquarters with it?

I don’t want to talk about the comics though, I’ve found those unreadable ever since DC has basically started hating and deconstructing their own product which started about then I was born I think. This is about their TV shows Arrow and Gotham, both of which are ashamed of what they are too, or they’d be called Green Arrow and ..Batbrat? I’m not sure about the second one but I’m reasonably certain they could have come up with something a little more “Batman-ish” than a cop show. Still, to be fair I enjoy both of those shows. Much more than Agents of Shield since unlike that show they avoid the main crime entertainment can commit. Being boring. Yet, I remember how some story rally grated on my nerves in Arrow and I could finally nail it down then the same thing happened in Gotham and it’s just so appallingly ugly and no one has mentioned it yet.

The story in Arrow was the relationship between Black Canary and Rhaz Al Gul’s daughter. Since I’m about as deep as a puddle the first thing that bothered me was that they somehow made an afraid between the Black Canary and her assassin lover be as sexy as a dead fish, mostly by starting with a terrible choice for Canary herself and going with no chemistry at all from there. And to be honest that still amazes me. Especially then people worry that the planned Supergirl series is all about fanservice. I’m not sure these people would even know how to deliver that (weirdly for such a sexist company they are amazing at delivering fanservice for women because they did apparently figure out how to do every scene possible with their main character shirtless).But while that’s waste for me personally it’s not the part worth talking about. No, that would be the weird way a love between two female characters is portrayed here. You see our Black Canary in this case just wants to be with Oliver Queen, in a nice little straight relationship. But her evil lesbian lover can’t let go and even goes so far as to threaten her mother’s life to force her to come back to her. Admittedly this ex lover is a criminal and a killer.. just like her boyfriend. Still, we can accept that the League of Assassins are bad customers so there’s something here. This would just be a completely weird mess that makes no sense if Canary did hook up with her again in the end oh screw you, I’m not even going to try to make sense of this.

Let’s move to Gotham. In which the lover of our main character also had a past relationship with a woman (something she is clearly ashamed of because you know that’s WRONG!) who can’t let go and while she doesn’t go as far as taking family member hostage Montaya does try to discredit Barabara’s boyfriend and get him into jail. See the pattern here? Clearly DC has figured out that most lesbians are realy just confused and just want to be with nice guys but the few who really are into women prey on them and they are some evil psycho bitches who just can’t let go and will go to any length to force these poor girls to come back to them. They probably demand they renounce their savior Jesus Christ too. And play video games. The monsters! So currently the two main love interests in the DC shows are both either “cured”lesbians or bisexuals who finally made the “right” choice but their former lovers try to force them (in one case literally) to stay with them instead of being happy natural straight girls.

I’m a terrible judge but considering just how generic and boring Gordon looks she just had to be the better company.

Like everything DC does I don’t believe there really is a system behind this shit but the fact they can be so amazingly offensive without even noticing it says a ton about the people behind these shows and whoever checks what they produce under the DC name.

Let’s see if the Flash will also have a girlfriend who’s stalked by her female ex-lover who just won’t accept her life choices. I’m almost rooting for it just so it becomes obvious enough to blow up in the producer’s bigoted faces.




One response

17 10 2014
Liz Currie

We all know that the only way lesbianism can be portrayed is as reluctant or transgressive. This is because the only right and true use of a decent looking woman is as a man’s toy. Real lesbians have to be ugly, fat, butch chicks.

Reluctant and semi-rapish lipstick lesbian also serves a multiple purpose: It provides male viewers with titillating girl-on-girl action, while simultaneously providing them an escape clause every time DC’s viewers point out how fundamentally sexist and homophobic their universe is. “We’re not homophobes! Look, those those bitches are taking their shirts off! It’s equality!” *faps furiously*

Now imagine if it was Ollie Queen who had an ambiguously consensual on-and-off sexual fling with a stalkery male partner. Imagine, because it will NEVER HAPPEN.

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