Now, y’all, I don’t like to get grouchy up in my Tumblr, but sometimes you’ve got to point out the obvious.
See… here’s my thing. I absolutely do not condone the bullying of a 12 year old actress on Twitter. THAT has nothing to do with Moffat and I get seriously annoyed every time I see someone blog something that connects the two. Also, the thing with Amanda getting flack for sticking up for Moffat … also definitely not cool. I kind of thought at the time that she should stay out of it but I can also understand wanting to stick up for your friends. Still. I’m surprised she didn’t expect blowback for that. And actual death threats or whatever it was that made Moffat get pissed, pack up his toys and go home isn’t cool. Death threats are never cool. THAT SAID, I have no sympathy for this man. None at all.
Does this make me a horrible person? Maybe! But I’m certainly not signing some virtual card to send him to help him feel better. And every time I see someone post something about how we have to respect him as a show runner I want to yell out, “NO I DO NOT.” I do not have to respect him because does he respect ME? Does he respect my gender? I think it’s safely been proven that he does not. But he also doesn’t respect me as a fan of Doctor Who. He continually and gleefully attacks the things that I enjoy as a fan of the show. He has shown over and over that he doesn’t care what the fans like and want to see in the show, he’s going to do what he wants to do and screw us if we don’t like it. He doesn’t want to hear us criticize it either, doesn’t care about our opinions and calls us stupid if we don’t understand.
So no. I do not respect Moffat and I do not feel sorry for him right now. I’m actually surprised a backlash like this hasn’t happened against him sooner, to be honest. He’s had this coming and he should expect it. If he can’t deal with the negative fallout then maybe he needs to either reexamine how he’s doing things or go find something else to do. When you work on a show like “Doctor Who”, I think it’s to be expected there be a lot of flack for your decisions, especially in this day and age of the internet.
Let’s stop pandering to this man, okay? Just… stop.
Oh, look, pseudo-social activism! That led to a man deleting his main connection to the fans because said social activists were being ASSHOLES!
I’m a woman, for starters. And until this MOFFAT IS THE DEVIL thing, I didn’t even notice the sexism! What about that?
Is this because of all the ‘Amy is infertile’ thing? Guess what! Infertility happens! WHAT A SHOCKER. IT DELETES EVERYTHING THAT AMY EVER DID ON THE SHOW. JUST LIKE IN REAL LIFE
Hey, personally, I detest RTD’s era. Not RTD, his tenure in the show. Too melodramatic for my tastes. But hey, that’s alright! Some people do! And I respect that! I’m not being a bitch to him, am I?
And, if you’re going to be a social activist, please, do it away from my favourite show. Because if you don’t like the whole show, all parts of it… Can you call yourself a fan?
I could be here all night, but I do not respect you (well, not you in specific, I don’t even know you, the haters in general) for the way that you express it. That is all.
God this is making me rage more than it should. Sorry if I seem like a bitch, I just need to let it out.
Couple of things here that are sort of contradictory in the rather hyper-emotional response to Roseandherdoctor:
Because if you don’t like the whole show, all parts of it… Can you call yourself a fan?
Which was said shortly after:
Hey, personally, I detest RTD’s era. Not RTD, his tenure in the show. Too melodramatic for my tastes.
A. Child, please choose one side of your mouth to talk out of at a time.
B. Try decaf.
Thank you Timelord1…
Let’s address this logically. Because as human beings we have that, you know? And maybe sometimes we should use it. Now is one of those times.
1. There is a difference between social justice bloggers and assholes. Social Justice bloggers are people who see something wrong with the world and want to fix it. They are people who stand up for others when they’re being oppressed. They shine a light onto the bits of society and humanity (and even ourselves) that we’d rather not look at. And that’s good. Because someone who can’t take criticism can’t improve. Social Justice bloggers are not people who send hate mail, who harass and threaten others. THOSE PEOPLE are assholes. There is a difference between expressing criticism and harassment.
2. You didn’t notice the sexism. Were you looking? Because maybe it’s just that I’m an English/History major, and thus analyze EVERYTHING, but I see it. And just because you don’t doesn’t mean that it isn’t there. In fact, you probably don’t see it because society as a whole doesn’t see it, and THAT’S WHY WE NEED SOCIAL JUSTICE BLOGGERS. Because they DO see it when we can’t, when we’re blinded by the fact that we have privilege thanks to a system that values some people above others. To put this another way—if you’re blind, does that mean colors don’t exist? Objectively, no, it simply means that you cannot perceive them. In fact, you may not even be able to grasp the idea of the color because it doesn’t impact you. However, your perception does not alter reality. There are several fantastic bloggers who have pointed out a myriad of ways that Moffat has written women that are problematic. Perhaps you should read some of them.
3. It isn’t that Amy is infertile, at least that’s not why I think he’s sexist, but that the only context we get for her feelings is how it impacts Rory. We don’t get how AMY feels at all. That is a problem. And it isn’t one instance. It’s many, many instances that build up into something cohesive and incredibly problematic.
4. And that’s your right, just like it’s my right to not approve of the direction that Moffat is taking Doctor Who or his writing in general.
5. This is ludicrous. Your argument is what, that if I do not accept whatever the writers choose to throw at me without question or concern I am not a fan? I’m sorry, there’s no other way to say this: WRONG. I critique and analyze things that I like, because I want them to be great. I don’t bother to critique shows I don’t care for because it’s a waste of my time and enegery. And if I see something sexist I WILL mention it because, say it with me, SEXISM IS NEVER OKAY. RASCISM IS NEVER OKAY. ABLEISM IS NEVER OKAY. PREJUDICE IS NEVER OKAY. And I will not sit back and be quiet because it inconveniences you. I love Doctor Who (ask my husband, he’ll tell you it’s true). It’s a brilliant show with such a phenomenal cast of characters and actors and, by and large, writers as well. I want it to keep being great. I want to see characters that are well-rounded, well-developed, and interesting. I don’t want to see the same character (the sassy, clever, irreverent, sexy, beautiful woman who’s in love with the Doctor) over and over again. However much you dislike RTD’s reign, you have to agree that Martha, Donna, Rose, hell, even Joan and Gwen and Lynda with a Y and Adelaide Brook and Lady Christina are ALL DIFFERENT WOMEN with DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTICS.
6. Do you disrespect me because I have a different opinion than you do, or because some people who aren’t actually social justice bloggers but assholes who decided to harass a man you idolize were stupid? Because I’m sorry—actually, I’m not. I’m not sorry that I don’t respect you if you choose to belittle me because my opinion is different than yours. And if you really think that all social justice bloggers harassed moffat than I think you’re very mistaken.
7. So you rant and rage—and look down on others for doing the same thing? That makes me astronomically less likely to take you seriously.