Jon Stewart is back from vacation, and he’s not wasting any time going after one of his favorite targets: Fox News.
Huffman/Sheppard panel, and women in Supernatural
During the Vancon panel, someone asked Alaina Huffman about her thoughts on Abaddon as a feminist icon.
She seemed kind of uncomfortable with the amount of violence and misogyny directed at her character, saying that it felt like ‘the writers were treating me as their personal therapy by putting me through all this stuff… They stabbed me, cut my head off, shot me, called me all these dirty names"…
She also talked about how she remembered feeling really discomfited by the guns and such in her first episode, and saying “can you do that?”
Apparently they told her that ‘oh yeah, it’s okay, because she’s a monster’.
Mark Sheppard, I believe, talked about how the death scene of Abaddon was initially more violent than it appeared in the show, if I heard correctly, and that she ‘pretty much blew up’ with ‘blood everywhere’.
Alaina also talked about how Abaddon was a bit of a ‘strong female character’, in the sense that she was strong, and not much else, and while that’s ‘fine sometimes’, she had to really work to bring out the layers in her character.
Also talked about Josie Sands herself, existing in the male dominated time and secret society, and ‘glass ceilings’, there…
Mark Sheppard also discussed the lack of good roles for female characters,and how it’s hard for women especially to get roles ‘with legs’ where the character has ‘unshallow motivations and ideals’, and they aren’t ‘just a pretty face’.
Alaina Huffman also paused at one point, as if she wasn’t sure if she should mention it, then talked a bit about how she has seen a lot of fans discussing and critiquing the sexism and misogyny on Supernatural, on a fairly widespread basis.
It was very much phrased in a ‘I see what you are saying, I hear you, I agree”, kind of way, and it all made me incredibly happy, because these are conversations that need to be had more often in fandom.
*may be paraphrasing a bit, this is all from memory*
I hope one day you’re as happy as you’re pretending to be.
This is Chester. When I was in Afghanistan I got a care package from one of those “Adopt a Soldier” programs that lets families send care packages to service men and women who are deployed overseas. Anyway, I got this care package, and it came with the usual stuff: Baby wipes, crackers, peanut butter, the Dad threw in a pack of cigarettes, and there was some jerky. But there was also a little beanie baby gold fish and a hand written note from a 7 year old girl that said
“Dear Soldier, (I wasn’t even mad)
I hope you are doing well. I’m sorry you have to miss thanksgiving with your family. This is my friend Chester. He keeps me safe from monsters, but I think you need him more than I do. I hope he keeps you safe from the monsters you’re fighting. Take good care of him for me”.
You bet your ass that little fish was in my pocket every time I went on patrol.