hi! would you like to explain why lindsay ellis is problematic? i'm genuinely not trying to be agressive, i'm a fan of hers and i want to be aware of the content i'm consuming! thanks!
I would provide receipts but she deletes tweets and I really don’t care to give her videos views, so if you know the videos and tweets I’m talking about you can find them for yourself if you like and use your best judgment. I used to enjoy how she put film theory/analysis into an accessible YT video format with a left-leaning lens. But around 2 years ago, either I started waking up or her takes started getting worse.
The first red flag was the “I’m Sorry St*phenie M*yer” video. Her thesis was Tw*light Wasn’t Bad Actually We Were All Just Misogynistic to Teen Girls. To be fair, a lot of the contemporaneous pushback was based in misogyny. But in the video there was little to no acknowledgment of the extremely troubling issues that PLAGUE the series (100 year age gap, abuse, Jacob/R*nesmee messiness, blatant anti black and anti Native racism, sexism, homophobia etc). To this obtusely privileged and self-important take, a bunch of POC of course said DO NOT CITE THE DEEP MAGIC TO ME WITCH I WAS THERE WHEN IT WAS WRITTEN because we have *been* saying for years that the books are fucking wack.
She later tried to backpedal by saying she didn’t feel comfortable speaking over Native and black critics by going into the Quileutes, Laurent, the Confederate propaganda etc, but that excuse just seems hm inch resting considering the fact that she made a whole other video essay on indigenous rep in Pocahontas AND Moana using arguments previously made by POC. So we thoroughly have Lindsey and her huge platform to thank for this edgy white feminist Tw*light Wasn’t Bad You’re Sexist Renaissance that’s been going on for 2 years and she won’t even take responsibility.
After that was the post-GOT video, which I haven’t watched but have heard about. To my understanding she also rolls over the colonialism in Dany’s storyline and blames a lot of shit on Starks being “xenophobic” and “isolationist” despite tweeting super positively about the show’s horrendous writing throughout the final season until Dany burned King’s Landing. Anyway I won’t get into it because I just don’t think it’s fair for me to do so without having watched, but it’s takes like these that have rendered me unable to take Dany stans seriously since like 2017. Then there was also the “Woke Disney” video decrying Disney’s attempts at diversity, which suspiciously popped up around the time that Halle Bailey was cast as the first black live action princess.
The latest fuckery was her and Jenny N*cholson claiming all sorts of, again, obtusely privileged and blatantly untrue nonsense in support of R***o, such as that most women who like and create content for SW are R***os, that R***o hate is rooted in misogyny, that R***os aren’t racist, that Finnreys are part of the “alt left,” that John Boyega cyberbullies R***os…. And finally, she thought it would be funny to tweet about how she wanted to read R***o-themed fic about Harriet Tubman and the master she escaped from. TL;DR, generally I find it very suspect that this woman who cultivated her platform around media literacy only seems to believe in it when it’s convenient for her, and she uses “woke” and “witty” language to present lukewarm/bad and self-contradictory takes as whip-smart feminism and media commentary.