Before I start this, I want to tell my readers that I am a Catholic. I frequent a Catholic Geeks group on FB that’s usually a pretty nice bunch. In fact, it’s the nicest group of geeks I’ve ever joined. Except for a small snippet of fans who HATE Bill Potts. Why? Because she’s gay. According to them, it’s another sign of the “gay agenda”. Please.
I guess I can see their point of view, sort of. There’s some children shows like The Legend Of Korra and Steven Universe that are working in hints that their characters are gay. They think that because Doctor Who is supposed to be a kids show, this is part of that agenda. My problem, however is that Doctor Who isn’t what I consider a kids show, not even in the Classic days. You think the Weeping Angels are creepy? Check out what the Autons did in their first appearance! One of the reasons “The Dalek Master Plan” is such an elusive serial is that some of the foreign markets saw how dark the story is and refused to air it. And today, the show still has that dark edge to it.
Doctor Who is not designed just for children. That argument doesn’t work. I understand how my Catholic peers feel. I also feel that the entertainment industry should not be “teaching” children. But should we shield children completely? They’ll still meet homosexual and bisexual people. (And yes, these people also didn’t like Jack Harkness, nor did they like Jenny and Vastra’s relationship. So at least they’re consistent.) I think hating a fictional character is ridiculous. They’re just characters, not real people. And if they were, I still don’t believe in hating them. We shouldn’t dwell on people’s sins. That’s not kind. And like the Doctor (and Jesus) I try to be kind.
This is the way things are. I’m not saying it’s right or wrong. I’m saying that we should let the writers be. I personally wouldn’t feel comfortable writing a gay character, but that’s me (and I’ve written fanfiction, so I know what I’m talking about). I don’t feel this is evidence of any “agenda”. We need to stop looking for conspiracies.
Whoo, this ought to ruffle some feathers. I promise my next editorial will be less controversial.