This Week in Fandom, Volume 8

If, like me, you’re still mourning the senseless death of The 100‘s Lexa (and the Clexa ship), you can take comfort in knowing that her death was meaningful—just not in the context of the show. In response to The 100’s casual use of the [TRIGGER WARNING for link: discussion of homophobia; disturbing images] Bury Your Gays trope, four members of the television industry have drafted the Lexa Pledge, a promise to never queerbait, to always ensure that recurring LGTBQ characters ‘will have significant storylines with meaningful arcs,’ and to avoid unneccessarily killing gay characters. Fifteen writers and producers have already signed, and many fans on social media are cautiously hopeful about the future of LGBTQ+ representation.

Unfortunately, the pledge seems to have come too late for ABC’s The Catch. The show’s co-executive producer, Sherry White, signed near the end of April, only two days before The Catch introduced and then killed off a bisexual woman character. Here’s hoping May is the month when the Industry finally figures out that queer characters are more than cannon fodder.

Captain America: Civil War. premiered on Friday in the U.S. and numerous other countries, and if you’ve got a social media account, you’ve probably either seen or shared something bewildering about plums:
I legitimately have no idea what this means.

Marvel has enthusiastically encouraged fans to choose #teamironman and #teamcap, but we all know the only rivalry that matters here is #teamstony and #teamstucky

Two Marvel Cinematic Universe actors got fan art ambushed this week: Bucky Barnes actor Sebastian Stan was shown some incredibly beautiful Stucky work in a print interview, and Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki got was introduced to a creative expression of the ‘Loki pole dancing’ meme on Friday’s episode of The Graham Norton Show. Both instances were potentially problematic, as it appeared that the artists hadn’t been contacted for permission and were not attributed, and the practice of surprising public figures with fan art generally implies that fan art is shameful or silly.

Before you stomp off angry, though, take a look at Nerdist‘s most recent ‘Cosplay Friday’, which includes the OMGcutest DC Super Hero Girls and a jaw-dropping depiction of Hades from Disney’s Hercules. Look at the tiny Harley! Look at Hades’s eyes!

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