[Anonymous asks shorm: I’m thinking about watching Teen Wolf, are there any super shitty things I need to know about the cast members or fan base if I were to get into the fandom?]
oh god I literally just laughed and cried and I’m not sure if one led to the other or what
let me first preface this with saying that I fucking love this show. It’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but it’s definitely goddamned amazing. The writing’s awesome, most of the characters are great, the plots are interesting.
Jeff Davis, the creator, should light himself on fire. He’s actually asked for acknowledgement publicly for ‘casting an ethnic lead’. He’d much rather ramp up the queerbaiting (with Sterek, but I’ll get to that) than actually explore the canon QPOC, Danny. He’s said a LOT of problematic crap in general, and the fandom makes it worse by revering him (you’ll see “jeff davis is a gift” as a tag fairly often; if he’s a gift a lot of us would like a receipt tyvm).
The only thing I know other than that about the cast members is that Jackson’s actor, Colton Haynes, has done blackface twice and brownface once, for Hallowe’en the past three years, and despite being called out on it repeatedly he did it again in 2012, so he clearly doesn’t give a fuck. He’s gone after season 2 because he has a shitty agent who doesn’t care about hastily-aborted storylines (though personally I don’t really care because while Jackson’s extremely easy on the eyes his character was a constant source of discomfort as well).
Now, the fandom. Ninety percent of the fandom (okay probably at least ninety five, maybe more) is fucking awful. They’re repeatedly racist (ignoring Scott, the POC titular ‘Teen Wolf’, in favour of his white friend Stiles — who you probably, from the gifs going around Tumblr, think is the main character), ableist (one of Scott’s most common ~*~quirk nicknames~*~ is “potato”, among other crap), and follow Jeff Davis’s cue and prefer Sterek (Stiles/Derek) and favour that as “queer representation” instead of… y’know, the gay POC, Danny. Despite the fact that Stiles and Derek hate each other. Idgi. There are a couple queerbaity scenes in canon (they’re on top of each other at least twice, and are told they ~look like a cute couple~) but it’s repeatedly established that they hate each other — and fandom not only uses this as an excuse to ignore Danny but also Scott (also a POC). I mean, like — ship who you like, whatever, fine, but don’t pretend it isn’t indicative of something when literally 90+% of the fanfics on FFnet/AO3 are Sterek or include Sterek.
- The creator would probably be better put to use as kindling
- Jackson is super-creepy and his actor is a racist cock
- the vast majority of the fandom is super fucking problematic, including but not limited to racism, ableism, misogyny, abuse apologism, rape jokes, and promoting queerbaiting as “representation”
- if you ship literally anything but Sterek good luck finding support for it [unless you follow me and love Skittles(Scott/Stiles), then welcome to the dark side, we have…. y’know, actually decent people]
[NB: the “dark side” of the TW fandom is the side that calls out problematic crap. We’re the ~dark side~ because we won’t let the assholes be assholes in peace or something, and we’re clearly meanie meanfaces.]
Original tags are #Anonymous #drew answers things #teen wolf #teen wolf fandom problems #lots of mentions of things #abuse cw #rape cw #racism #sexism#queerbaiting #etc etc etc #apologies if this gets through a TS’d word #lemme know and I’ll apologize and add something