The CW announced some big decisions today. The network’s boss Mark Pedowitz announced early renewals for a bunch of shows featured in their primetime lineup including The Flash, The Vampire Diairies, Jane the Virgin, Supernatural — the controversial The 100 — and more.
Despite The 100 receiving a serious fan backlash because of an important character death, the show will be getting a fourth season. The show’s creator and executive producer Jason Rothenberg couldn’t have been more excited to announce it on social media.
SEASON 4 IS A GO!!!!!! #THE100
— Jason Rothenberg (@JRothenbergTV) March 11, 2016
Rothenberg has spent the last week dealing with much criticism from the LGBTQ+ community after his decision to kill a major lesbian character in the dystopian drama last week, played by guest star Alycia Debnam-Carey. Fans went from devastated to livid — organizing a number of Internet events to protest the show’s choice to opt for the ‘bury your gay’ trope. Lexa/Clexa fans pulled clans from other fandoms together and started a huge online campaign to trend #LGBTFansDeserveBetter Thursday night. The online queer community was not okay with the poor representation on The 100 and media in general — and took to Twitter to publicize their feelings and gain attention. Folks like The BBC did take notice and covered the Internet trend — amplifying the message that the LGBTQ+ community is not okay with the tired story onscreen that often features a queer character confirming their sexuality just to meet a tragic ending. The #LGBTFansDeserveBetter tag generated more than 280,000 tweets. Viewers from multiple fandoms shared their feelings and raised awareness to this issue of poor representation in the media.
I am tired of female characters being punished when they love other women. LGBT FANS DESERVE BETTER. #LGBTFANSDESERVEBETTER
— Laura Cunningham (@221cBaker) March 11, 2016
Because some straight people clearly don’t get it. This is a battle. We are tired of our representatives dying. #LGBTFansDeserveBetter
— Did Jrot queerbait? (@Justicefor100) March 11, 2016
The passion was there as fans from around the world fired off tweets of this nature in solidarity.
But the fans have done more than open up an important social conversation about LGBTQ+ representation on social media — they united clans of LGBTQ supporters and allies and have been raising money for The Trevor Project.
Having raised $32,241 so far, the Lexa fans are putting their money where their mouths are. The Trevor Project is an American national non-profit organization providing suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in crisis.
The fundraising page speaks to the fans disappointment and the mishandling of a character they connected with. The Trevor Project is a necessary service and is certainly benefitting from the fan revolt.
Representation and diversity in the media matters. Welcome to 2016 — a time when people have more access to speak up and against decisions in the media that serve them poorly. We encourage people to continue doing so.
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