Oh, how the tables have turned. Jeremy from theQuartering has a lot of fun with this:
A stunning comment regarding the Buffy reboot comes from Anita Sarkeesian. For those who may not know, Anita is a noted feminist who was in the middle of the Gamergate controversy. She has a show on YouTube entitled, Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games. Keep in mind if you watch the video, that when Anita says she’ll apply “critical analysis,” what she actually means is that she’ll impose the Marxist/Freudian based “Critical Theory” that she was indoctrinated with in college onto video games, and that no actual critical analysis is involved.
It’s interesting that Anita Sarkeesian would be so down on the Damsel in Distress trope, given that she herself was a damsel in distress as described in The Phases of a Geeker Gate, according to various accounts.
She was also quite happy with the 2016 Ghostbusters film which rebooted the franchise with an all female cast:
Despite frustrations like this, the Ghostbusters reboot takes the beloved franchise from the 80s and manages to give us more of the rollicking comedic sci-fi adventure we loved in the 1984 classic while simultaneously wiping out much of the sexism that plagued the original.
She also felt that critics of the Ghostbusters reboot were misogynists:
The onslaught of aggression toward the remake is not at all surprising to anyone participating in online culture these days, where attacks against women remain a daily occurrence. In fact, online misogyny is so tiresomely predictable that the film anticipated it. In one of its most grimly funny moments, Abby (Melissa McCarthy) and Erin (Kristen Wiig) see a comment left on a YouTube video they have posted: “Ain’t no bitches gonna bust no ghosts.”
Some internet misogynist may have commented that “ain’t no bitches gonna bust no ghosts” on that video the new Ghostbusters upload to YouTube, but in the end, just like the heroes of the original, they bust the ghosts and save the day.
Of course, we all know how truthful SJWs are, and how representative of reality that their entertainment is.
With regards to the impending Buffy The Vampire Slayer reboot, Anita had this to say:
I just screamed NO at the top of my lungs. WHY. NO. PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 https://t.co/VdkIhI5Eyw
— Anita Sarkeesian (@anitasarkeesian) July 20, 2018
I’d be here for a show based in the same universe & lore, say for instance around Fray (the comic), but Buffy comes from a very specific moment in media history, especially feminist media history. I’m afraid no matter how talented the folks involved are, it wouldn’t live up to it
— Anita Sarkeesian (@anitasarkeesian) July 20, 2018
I can only imagine the nature of her tweets talking about the Ghostbusters reboot at the time.
Even more stunning than that though, was the headline at the ultra-feminist website, The Mary Sue. Princess Weekes writes:
There was a time when this kind of news would have excited me in ways I can’t even explain. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of my favorite shows, in spite of many things, but not only am I not interested in a reboot, but this move to make the lead black—as reported by Deadline—is just a bad move on multiple levels for me. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not inclusive casting that I’m objecting to. I just want black women to get their own stories.
Maybe Anita and Princess just have a problem with strong black females. Maybe they just have a problem with watching people who don’t look just like them, and don’t understand the social and cultural importance of representation for marginalized people. Any of that sound familiar?
Can someone get me a Fembaby Tears mug? It wouldn’t be sexist and/or misogynist, since men also now claim to be feminists. Therefore fembaby would apply to all whining feminists equally regardless of gender.
Now yes, Princess is a black female writer. And SJWs may breathlessly point that out in the comments section below before arriving at this sentence in order to prove…something. But melanin content is irrelevant. What matters here is that she’s an SJW. And as we know, white male SJWs have a bizarre tendency to routinely talk about white males as though they themselves aren’t white males. Think of how often white male SJWs decry the white male lead in film and television. It’s likely that we’re seeing the same psychopathology at work here.
In any case, just imagine all of the carefully composed hyperbole in all of the “think” pieces that I’ve responded to on this blog, which can now be appropriated and repurposed when responding to these toxic fembabies.
Many white women see themselves as rightfully at the center of all narrative, and believe any narrative that doesn’t feature them as heroes, even when they are featured in supporting roles, has displaced them.
And that goes for both categories of reactionaries—the Buffy fan upset that the franchise’s heroes now includes (*clutches pearls* and/or *gasp*) female people of color and the misogynist, racist, classist, dark side of the populace that’s always been present, wielding power in one form or another.
But saying there’s a lot of cultural anxiety around this particular generational handoff is an understatement. And when you consider that Buffy fandom has long been presided over by white women, it’s natural this would lead to angry policing over what Buffy is and isn’t. And that policing can be ugly and lead to toxic fandoms in which people who aren’t white women don’t feel comfortable.
It’s also about telling the original batch of Buffy fans that the franchise isn’t necessarily for them anymore. It’s rather for those who have been waiting on the sidelines (fans who weren’t white women) or fans of all stripes young enough to have fallen for Buffy through reruns.
Yes, there is a ticked-off splinter of the Buffy fandom angered by the reboot. These Hope & Change fembabies have been spreading their overblown hatred all over social media. As you might imagine, those “fans” aren’t very comfortable with the reboot’s more progressive messages. Their hysteria-tinged reactions are best ignored.
You can find good conversation and criticism of Buffy online, but you have to wade through the small number of very loud, very angry and often very white female “fans” who try to spread the message that Buffy is ruined due to its inclusion of actors and characters who aren’t also straight, white females.
This is all simply beyond delicious.