The 100's Creator Finally Spoke Up About That Controversial Death

The 100's Creator Finally Spoke Up About That Controversial Death

After three weeks of radio silence, The 100 showrunner Jason Rothenberg has finally spoken out about the super controversial on-show murder. Rothenberg sat down with Damian Holbrook from TV Insider to do a little damage control after the death that set off a firestorm of outrage on Twitter and beyond.

Spoilers for The 100 follow after the link. Holbrook was extremely gracious and Rothenberg was extremely well spoken in the interview. Rothenberg addressed every single complaint that's been lobbed at him over the last three weeks, but also doubled down in support of the controversial storyline. "We would have told the same story," he told Holbrook. "I stand behind the story; I just don't think I would have gone out of my way to say 'This is the best episode we've ever done!'"

In response to the fan outcry, Rothenberg was extremely tactful, acknowledging his own privilege and ignorance, while also acknowledging the hurt he may have caused fans:

Lexa's death triggered real emotional trauma for some people, you know? It tapped into the real world, it tapped into their lives, and as a straight white male, I obviously didn't anticipate how deeply it would affect certain people. I look at it now and I realise that if somebody had that kind of a reaction and then were to look back at the way I behaved on Twitter leading up to it, which was celebrating this relationship that then crushed them, I can understand why they would find that reprehensible. I hope that people understand that.

There is one tiny little problem with this lovely conversation between Holbrook and Rothenberg. First there's the half apology — saying "I'm sorry your feelings were hurt" isn't quite the same as saying "I'm sorry I gutted you and your fandom like a fish."

And second there's the hiding behind "non-discriminatory" murder. As The Walking Dead is finding out, killing off members of minority groups can be problematic — even when you're a show known for killing everyone.

Yes you should be allowed to kill whoever whenever you like. In a perfect world, that's absolutely possible. Unfortunately, we live in an imperfect world, where those minority groups don't find a lot of examples of themselves in media. Especially not a lot of living examples.

LBGTQ people make up a small fraction of the characters who are alive and well on television. One dead lesbian isn't the same as one dead white guy. White guys are going to be OK. They can turn on Supernatural and see themselves everywhere. Lesbians don't have the same luxury. Nor do the people of colour who often find themselves being used as target practice on shows.

Failing to understand that one death is not the same as another is a major oversight on Rothenberg's part.

[TV Insider]


Comments

    Quick FYI putting that header image in sort of gives the spoiler long before your spoiler break.

    I'm a couple of weeks behind, feeling damn lucky that I've at least seen that episode or id be pretty pissed.

    First he needs to apologise for the space station, 1: it is way, way too spacious. 2: the whole thing would be turning the same direction, why would you have bits going different ways with bearings and leaks? 3: Vacuum does not equal instant zero gravity in an airlock. 4: airlocks would be near the hub 5: think about the angles, episode one person looks out the roof window of their enormous prison cell, they would be looking at the hub of the station bit out the side. 6: some more about the angles, a simple beam of sunlight scanning across the room with the revolutions would greatly increase immersion 7: that's not a lander, it's a shed with some silver spray paint. if you cant afford the set then burn the ship out on landing. they wouldn't have so many nice seats spare to send down from orbit, strap them to the floor. 8: just how many razors did they take to orbit however many years ago? they would nearly all have beards.
    So much wanted to like the show, but there's only so much suspension of disbelief possible and the clumsy lord of the flies plot for the first part was too much.

      Rotating stations are frequently imagined with a non-rotating hub to allow observation of the space environment. I agree about airlocks.
      If they are placed on the periphery, The outer door will be down, which will get you away from the station quite quickly.

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