So I feel like this needs to be said about the Twisted fandom, and by that I am mostly referring to those who post on the show’s Facebook page. The ship wars have gotten out of hand.
And not because I’m a Dacey shipper. I don’t mind that there are Janny shippers (though I was surprised to see so many of them given that Danny has shown next to zero interest in Jo romantically and has already tried to kiss Lacey twice despite rarely talking to her), but it is pissing me off that Janny shippers keep calling Lacey a “bitch” or saying she “doesn’t deserve” Danny.
First off, how the hell is Lacey a bitch? Wow, she doesn’t want to be friends with someone who murdered his aunt (and also won’t say why he did it), potentially murdered her best friend and could be a sociopath. In the real world, we would call that common sense. However, in thirsty ass tween fandom world, apparently that’s being a bitch.
Furthermore, how is Jo managing to become some outcast hero to the fandom, escaping the “bitch” tag? She contends she doesn’t like being friends with girls (which is a red flag for insecure women who desperately crave male attention) because she seems to not trust them, but yet immediately after bonding with Lacey, what does she do? Violate Lacey’s boundaries and privacy by stealing the DVD. The problem is her, not girls. She doesn’t give a shit about betraying other girls. That’s why she has problems with them. What she did was hella bitchy and wrong, but I don’t see the outcry on Facebook over that. No, it’s just that Lacey’s a bitch for not wanting to bend over backwards to help out a potential multiple murderer. Um, okay.
And this whole thing about Lacey not “deserving” Danny because she’s not helping him clear his name is just ridiculous. Why should she help him? She doesn’t know if he killed her best friend or not, so he is certainly not entitled to any help from Lacey. I feel like we should be questioning why Jo is so quick to offer her trust to a convicted murderer. And I’m pretty certain if the roles were reversed and Kylie Bunbury played Jo while Maddie Hasson played Lacey, the fandom would be all over Jo for being a naive idiot and praising Lacey for being smart and exercising common sense. Hm, I wonder why? At this point, it comes as no shock to me that the black woman in a TV show is vehemently hated by a large part of the fandom.
Plus, being there for Danny doesn’t entitle Jo to a romantic relationship with him. You know what she is entitled to? The same level of friendship she is giving to Danny. Do people not realize the argument they are making? I’ve had many straight guy friends help me out with things, but that doesn’t mean they are entitled to my vagina in return.
There’s some serious racial misogyny problems in this fandom that make it hard for me to enjoy. I want to be excited that there are POCs and women in lead roles and share that excitement with other people, but the fandom for this show is extremely upsetting. I guess for now I will just have to stay on Tumblr and away from all that bullshit.