Actions Have Consequences, Shonda Rimes

November 8, 2008

Media Articles so far about Brookegate and the fallout

Filed under: Information — jenniferoksana @ 9:15 pm

If you’re interested in some of the media that’s surrounded the “incoherent” and completely unjustified firing of Brooke Smith for daring to play a lesbian who wasn’t masturbation fodder for boys on television, this is a preliminary list of articles for your information.

Too Gay for Grey’s Anatomy — The Guardian (UK)

The Original Ask Ausiello Column — cuz nothing says classy like breaking the news of the firing via Ask Ausiello on Entertainment Weekly.

La Presse — it’s in a French Canadian paper, but hey. Worldwide press.

AfterEllen on The Disappearing Lesbian

Defamer, another Defamer where Dempsey is cool, and a third Defamer on the situation.

A quite excellent blog post on the situation at Cultural Leanings.

The erica_callie community on LiveJournal has collected links and articles on the topic.

Jezebel weighs in — personal favorite blog of mine…

The Washington Post chimes in and points out that if anyone’s been looking for magic and chemistry on Grey’s, it might be Izzie. And that it’s a sweeps lesbian thing.

There’s also the LA Times article that Mary McNamara wrote very early on, too.

So yeah, if you didn’t know what was up, there’s plenty of reading and plenty of support for Brooke Smith…as well as not a soul believing it wasn’t about playing a lesbian.


Media Articles?

Filed under: Information — jenniferoksana @ 5:24 pm

I know that there have been some significant articles, from Entertainment Weekly to the Guardian to heck, Jezebel and Defamer on Brookegate — can we get those articles in a tidy list so I can make a page about that, too?


Introduction to the Campaign

Filed under: Information — Tags: , , — jenniferoksana @ 5:12 pm

It appears I’ve been semi-asked to organize those of us who think Brooke Smith’s firing, and the wider pattern of female LGBT characters on ABC being cut back or let go, is totally unjust and bad.

This is all kinds of not okay and not right. And if the latest spoilers on the Grey’s situation are correct, a “Bring Back Hahn” movement is probably a waste of time and effort. Further, the reaction from ABC and Grey’s Anatomy/Shondaland has been so transparently defensive and nonsense about why the firing happened that it’s clear that sending a bunch of straws or something would be futile.

However, that’s the one advantage we have in this campaign, besides our voices; ABC and Shondaland clearly didn’t expect to get this level of backlash before the nasty events happened, so they’re on the defensive even before the average viewer gets to watch the trainwreck and say, “what the heck?” A good campaign will have little practical effect on Grey’s Anatomy’s storylines, but the point is bad publicity is a powerful thing.

So let’s make this worse than Isaiah Washington’s gaffe for Shonda Rimes and ABC. Let’s make the person who leaned on Shonda persona non grata within ABC. Let’s put some pressures on Grey’s advertisers.

Let’s teach people that actions have consequences. It hasn’t been an easy week for gay people and those who don’t think we’re second-rate citizens and people in America, so let’s take that upset and fight, fight, fight.

Yes, we can. And yes, we will if we’ve got the will to do something and not let despair take us.

Anyway, I have some ideas about what to do that I’ll post in the next post about this, but what I’d like you to do if you’re a regular reader here and you’re as angry and sad as I am about this state of affairs is to get the word out — link this post places where there are like-minded people. Give me some ideas for a name for the campaign and what you’d want to do. Give me some moral support, because I’m pretty nervous. While I have more than ten years of experience of being a fan on the internet and as many years of battle scars from fan wars on the internet, I’m usually more of a wry outsider who gets over it by getting more cynical, and I don’t think that’s okay this time.

Thank you for listening.

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