why do i only ever want to talk about shit at 5 in the morning when no one is online for me to yell at?
So, I was looking at this tumblr about queerbaiting and they accused Buffy of queerbaiting and I am just like:
Fuffy, which is the ship they accused of queerbaiting,…
And this sort of thing is why Tumblr can be so irritating. It’s a different melody of the same sort of song that happened a few weeks ago about Neil Gaiman’s trans character Wanda.
I get the feeling that a lot of people on Tumblr seem to think that art exists in a sort of vacuum and that what is created is somehow not subject to the mores of the time. One where the creators are demanded to have contemporary (in this case, 2014) sensibilities when a) they didn’t exist or b) those creators had to work around how society thought and behaved at the time they were made in order to allow such media to be seen by a wider audience.
It’s all well and good to interpret things in a contemporary context and find it wanting. But you can’t also forget that, yes, historical context and culture do matter and pretty much informs how art is made and what it does. As a side note, I also think the situation above is very different from trying to excuse racism/homophobia/misogyny in older media (that is you shouldn’t excuse it). There’s a reason why characters like Wanda and Willow/Tara are considered groundbreaking for their times.
It’d be nice if some of the people who didn’t actually live through those eras keep that in mind.