Spoilers for The 100 below.
I don’t watch the show anymore - but following any kind of queer media means that the bombshell that Lexa was killed off is EVERYWHERE. And while I understand the outrage in killing off a lesbian character (because the actor is going to a different show on a competing network), I’ve been uncomfortable with how the phrasing of coverage has been. The vast majority of it has framed Lexa as the queer character, and that the queer character has been killed off. But the protagonist of the show is a bisexual woman. Who is also queer. I can’t help but feel like so much of the coverage completely ignores that she is queer and that it feels like bisexual people always have to fight to be included.
I think this article from The Mary Sue does a way better job of conveying my discomfort -http://www.themarysue.com/our-heda-lexa-… Specifically this paragraph:
The first thing that struck me when I saw how upset so many fans were was that in all the criticism of her death, people seemed to be treating Lexa as though she were the only queer girl on the show. As if Clarke, the bisexual protagonist of the show, didn’t count. The more I read about how queer girls had pinned all their hopes on Lexa, the more it felt like Clarke was being dismissed as a queer girl role model, because she happened to be in a relationship with a guy in the beginning of the show. Never mind that she’d had relationships with two women since. Everyone was talking about the queer girl who died, but no one was talking about the queer girl who’s still alive. The queer girl whose story this show ultimately is.
I think it’s understandable to be upset about the death, doubly so given the history of lesbian characters, but I think it’s possible to talk about it in a way that doesn’t (inadvertently or not) paint the bisexual protagonist as not a Real Queer. It just feels like being dismissed, once again, because bisexuals aren’t good enough.
ETA: I realize I, a guy, am talking about a lesbian woman and a bisexual woman character and that it puts me in a precarious situation. However, the bisexual angle concerns me - and if I only talked about bisexual male characters I’d have pretty much no one to talk about.