Ok this post will be short and
sweet bitter. I just need to get this off my chest. What in all the world is up with some people??
Been hiding away buried in Netflix as is my wont to help stave away The Ick as I call it. (See previous post). It usually works.
I checked out this show called The Following. The latter half of season one had the appearance of a Black female lawyer with the first name of: Olivia.
Ok fine. I mean I shouldn’t read too much into it. But it just kinda chapped my hide. Especially as her character was done so completely WRONG in that show. And by Done Wrong I mean victim of manipulation, blackmail, abduction, torture and mutilation.
It just sorta miffed me up. This is an original series, in that it wasn’t adapted from someone’s book or a remake of an earlier show or anything.
Meaning that the creator/writer – or whoever got to decide the names of the characters. I’m. Just. SAYING.
So ok, maybe there was no active thought process involved, and Olivia is such a pretty name so whatever.
Then earlier this evening while – OF COURSE – waiting for Scandal to show up on my Seekrut TV Watching site or hulu (whichever comes first) I decided to check out this new sci-fi show called The Tomorrow People.
Guess what the lightskinted, female, curly natural haired, best friend and all around helper character is named? Astrid.
Now, I ask you!
Astrid is not a common name! This show is actually a remake of a show from the late 70’s. It was also redone in the 90’s and some other audio remake whenever. And now the CW is taking it on.
I looked at the list of the names of the characters from all the remakes I could find. No Astrid. So again the creator/writer of this reboot was responsible for renaming/picking out the new names for the characters.
I’m. Just. SAYING.
Why am I so miffed out? That’s a great question. I will admit that I’m freshly reacting, as I’ve only recently in the past week finished watching The Following, and have only watched the first of the two episodes available for The Tomorrow People.
But I mean DANG.
Why choose those names in particular? And if not consciously then what? Didn’t someone say something like: oh hey you know Olivia is the first name of one of the most popular characters on one of the most popular shows on that other network, and she is a Black female lawyer and all too – maybe we pick a different name?
And if done on purpose then what… why? Some sort of backlash thing? And as for the Astrid name – some sort of homage? Or are all lightskinned, curly haired, supportive to the main character(s) best friend Black woman helper characters on sci-fi shows all going to be named Astrid now?
It is just too weird.
I’ll grant that I’m not operating at my best right now, but does this strike you as odd? Weird? Miff you out? Do you have questions too?