I love that the main character of Teen Wolf is a man of colour, specifically a Latin@ man but that isn’t enough when his ethnicity is white-washed on the show. Both the actor and character are Latin@ but anything in relation to his ethnicity is not mentioned and even specifically ignored. He was given the name Scott McCall to avoid any dialogue about his identity. The creator of the show prides himself in hiring a Latin@ actor and released a white-savior esque statement about it. I want to see Scott’s identity established on the show and I want him to stop being the mule that carries every single person’s problems. His wants and needs are never addressed. He is in an arguably abusive relationship with a girl whose family is trying to kill him. We don’t know a single thing about who he is and two seasons have already passed.
I was wondering about his ethnicity for the longest time (I would’ve thought italian tbh)
I am curious why you would say his relationship to Allison is abusive? And what you mean by he is caring every single person’s problems, to me it doesn’t seem like that at all except for the fact that he is the hero and saves the day, he isn’t exactly caring about anyone’s problems. To clarify I am honestly curious, because I have been completely oblivious to that interpretation, so please tell me?
I think Ethnicities & sexual orientations in Teen Wolf are completely irrelevant, because they’re werewolves.
Also I’m quite concerned with you saying that Tyler Posey (origins: English, English/French) ‘s character, Scott McCall (origins: Scottish/Scottish) as a white-washed name .
His wants and needs are never addressed… are… … ok…. do you even watch the show ? I can’t say anything about the
arguablyabusive relationship with Allison though. The guy is thrown around like a ragdoll.
Tyler Posey is a man of colour who has identified publicly as such of his own choice. Therefore, unless stated otherwise his characters will always be Latin@. To assume he does not have an ethnicity or to believe it is unimportant is to assume everyone is white unless stated otherwise. That is racism. Hollywood is void of racial diversity and every assertion of people of colour existing in the media, as we do in real life is necessary. Tyler has also said his character is specifically Latin@ and the creator reaffirmed that by discussing his mother’s ethnicity on the show in a statement. Regardless of the show’s plotline, race and ethnicity will always be important. To claim they are irrelevant is to do your own white-washing of the characters, and thus erasure of people of colour in society. They are also not all werewolves, nor did the show open in the first minute of the premiere with Scott being a werewolf. He lived for over a decade before becoming a werewolf in high school which makes for substantial writing material. I fail to see the logic in his ethnicity or race no longer mattering after a wolf bite.
His needs are not addressed and yes, like you say he is thrown around like a ragdoll. That is a perfect example of what I am saying. We do not know his personality outside of how it relates to keeping Allison, or anyone else safe. Every single action and thought of his is born out of wanting to protect and do right by others. His character is constantly in motion with very few minutes of him being mentally healthy or calm. That is something people of colour are not allowed on television. Scott McCall is always in pain and the fandom enjoys it. His anguish and trauma keeps everyone elses’ lives in motion. We also know very little about his background and family. You thinking his race is irrelevant is proof of the writers failing to establish who he is. We do however know about Allison and Stiles’ families, who are white. We know that Stiles’ mother passed away but Scott’s father has never been discussed. We know and have been introduced to Allison’s extended family and their legacy but nothing about Boyd who is Black and nothing about Scott who is Latin@. That is not a coincidence, nor is the lack of racial diversity on the show one either. Everything about media is intentional. Stiles, or should I call him the perfect white boy as he is perceived to be, is allowed to be a dynamic, evolving character who contradicts himself, makes a fool out of himself, is funny, and sad and angry and everyone loves him for it. He is allowed to be bitter about Lydia not liking him in return. He is allowed to be passive-aggressive towards her with this Monday’s season finale showing him yell at her for not returning his feelings. The fandom calls it cute, romantic and dedicated. I point it out as misogyny. In a recent episode Stiles said to an unnamed Black girl that she made him reconsider hitting a girl, because she dunked his head in water to help him sober up. He blatantly threatened violence towards a Black girl and nobody said a word about it, within the show or fandom. Racism is very prevalent on the show, and therefore race matters. It dictates every decision the writers and director make regarding casting and story-lines.
As for sexual orientations being irrelevant that logic will never hold up either. The show depicts multiple romantic and sexual relationships of heterosexual couples. That is expressing sexuality, no? Scott and Allison and Lydia and Jackson are the main couples but there have been brief representations of other hetero romances. The sole gay character on the show is Danny, who is also a man of colour. His sexuality is hardly allowed to be shown outside of using it as a tool to get the straight characters what they want. He is the token gay man who is baited into performing tasks for the other men under the guise of flirtation and potential romance with them. He is depicted as a gay man who is easily manipulated by the bodies and touch of other men. He is hypersexualized and every characteristic attributed to him is extended onto gay men of colour.
You are extremely arrogant to insert yourself in a conversation about the representation of people of colour on Teen Wolf and how non-white actors have to live and work in a racist industry. These are things you may not have to even think about, because Whiteness is the default. But many of us, including the star of the show itself, have to worry about being invisible and we deserve a safe space to have these conversations.
yeeeeah, did NOT like that “fucking the blonde queen” line (it’s very “white woman as a prize.” dnw). that’s not what he was interested in, just his business and his money. they’ve made him seem kind of lecherous. so much for representation for POC.
YES!!!!!!! THAT is the problem. salladhor was ALWAYS all about money and they turned him into this lecherous fool who OF COURSE is a POC. *sighs* D&D, c’mon now!
But those lines were lifted from the book? He talks about how hopefully his king “will let Queen Cersei warm his bed for a night” and the like.
Also idk he seemed pretty perceptive to me.
“Grant us wind to fill our sails, and your king could sit upon his Iron Throne by evenfall on the morrow. We could dress the dwarf in motley and prick his little cheeks with the points of our spears to make him dance for us, and mayhaps your goodly king would make me a gift of the beautiful Queen Cersei to warm my bed for a night. I have been too long away from my wives, and all in his service.”
Admittedly, he goes on about it a lot longer on the show, but it IS in the book.
ORLY? so i stand corrected, thanks for pointing that out to me. i think it slipped my mind because this is something he mentions in passing but the SHOW played up a whole dialogue around that desire and i think that’s what bugged the shit out of me. yeah he wanted cersei, but money was ALWAYS his main drive, half the reason why he does what he does involving stannis is all about money.
but the show made it seem like raping cersei was his ultimate goal and i am not ok with that.
Thanks for looking up the text! Saan was one of the 3 characters that left me doubtful in E2 (the others being Asha and Stannis). The way he says that line in the book is perfectly in line with his flamboyant and cavalier personality; in the show he creeped me out with his theories about the difference between rape and fuck.
But one or three characters that are not the way I pictured them would not be a problem; the problem is that IMO they suffer from the same distortion, a cheapening of them, a stripping of dignity through excessive sexualization. I didn’t like how Theon had his way with Asha instead of vice versa, and as for Stannis - wow, such a novel concept, the hot counseloress stripping naked and being taken on the map (really subtle symbolism) - not to mention that this way most of Mel’s mystery ended up on the floor with the pieces of the map.
D&D, if you have to give us sex, give us GOOD sex and consistent with the characters.