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Kerry Washington’s Amazing GLAAD Awards Speech

Reads of the Week: Shonda Rhimes, LGBT Women & ‘Glee’ Women

Take a look at this week’s Reads of the Week: Great articles about the LGBTQ community, feminism, women and anything else worth reading.

  • Photo:  @shondarhimes

    Photo: @shondarhimes

    “I am making TV look like the world looks. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people equal WAY more than 50% of the population. Which means it ain’t out of the ordinary. I am making the world of television look NORMAL. You should get to turn on the TV and see your tribe. And your tribe can be any kind of person, anyone you identify with, anyone who feels like you, who feels like home, who feels like truth. You should get to turn on the TV and see your tribe, see your people, someone like you out there, existing. So that you know on your darkest day that when you run (metaphorically or physically RUN), there is somewhere, someone, to run TO. Your tribe is waiting for you. You are not alone. The goal is that everyone should get to turn on the TV and see someone who looks like them and loves like them. And just as important, everyone should turn on the TV and see someone who doesn’t look like them and love like them. Because, perhaps then, they will learn from them.” – Shonda Rhimes, “You Are Not Alone.”

  • Glee, another show that started out focusing on a female character whose career dreams kept her going, is now one of the most anti-female shows airing. The show consistently belittles the role of women, using them as little more than emotional leaning posts for their boyfriends, boyfriends who are always heroic and decent. When Finn outed Santana it was treated as a good thing, Finn helping her come to terms with her sexuality by serenading her with a cover of Girls Just Want to Have Fun. After all, lesbianism is just girls having fun, right? Weeks later when Dave Karofsky suffers similarly by being outed it is shown through an emotionally overwrought montage and makes way for a story about teen suicide.” – “Where Have All the Good Women Gone?”

Angry Fans = Success?

How does a show know their fans are engaged? Seems that the more dynamic the emotion, the more successful creators consider a show, even if it means fans are burning mad.

Bones just aired their season finale in which (minimal spoilers) a huge obstacle was thrown into Temperance “Bones” Brennan & Seeley Booth’s relationship. It was heartbreaking and left a lot of fans feeling a lot of different emotions, few of which included “happiness”.

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Fans and Show Runners – Shonda Rhimes

Grey’s Anatomy.  The show has a huge, passionate fan base with a strong social media presence.  Uh oh.  Begin the social media roaring when couples have fights, don’t get “enough” scenes, break up, or in the case of Grey’s Anatomy, die.   Grey’s is no stranger to such outpouring of fandom, well, passion.

Grey's Anatomy

There is such a fine, fine line to walk between writing stories that keep fans happy versus just plain good story telling.  Sometimes, those two considerations don’t intersect at all.  It’s good stories and great characters that gets fans invested in the first place, but does this change once the fans really get into the conversation?

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