As an active part of fandom, specifically The Walking Dead, I was linked to a very well done fan vid. Except…
This brought backto mind those last few comic cons I attended where Michonne (and Richonne) were treated as a non-issue, as if it doesn’t exist in the series. Two weeks after Game of Thrones “Hold the door/Hordor” incident, there were shirts, posters and fan art. Four months after Rick and Michonne consummate their relationship, we get…
Zero. Zilch. Nada. The big goose egg.
We even have Rickyl (i.e. Rick and Daryl) items and fan art and fanvids, but Richonne is rare. Oh sure, it has its pockets of fandom, specifically Tumblr and a few Facebook pages, but here’s the thing, though:
Michonne and Richonne are canon; NOT fanon. So why does fanon get more representation in fan art and in dealer rooms and in fan vids?
The vid in question can be found here. Michonne is shown once–the back of her head–as she shows a character a message; a character who doesn’t even see the end of a full episode. Michonne, w
ho has been part of the show for four out of six seasons, and is still on it. Michonne who is integral to the life of the lead character (Rick Grimes) of said show and his family. Michonne, who shares the cover of the season six box set with said lead character AND IS THE FIRST CHARACTER TO DO SO. Michonne, who is popular in her own right. Michonne, who co-leads Team Family with Rick. Michonne, who has gotten her own moving speeches. But you want to show the back of her fucking head in a fourteen-minute video? You want to act as if she has no face, or no voice? Oh, but you got lesser characters in there fully represented for their short/inconsequential stay on the series. Okay.
The creator claimed that they didn’t feel ANY of Michonne’s quotes or scenes fit the theme of this vid. NOT ONE, SINGLE, SOLITARY SCENE IN FOUR SEASONS WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR THIS FOURTEEN MINUTE VIDEO.
I found a few:
And that was just off of the top of my head.
I cannot stress how important this character is, and I appreciate how The Walking Dead and Gimple & Co. have treated this character with reverence and grace, allowing her to be a fully formed character who has her dignity, who can be strong, who can be practical, who can be appreciated, who can be loved, who can be tender, who can be a nurturer, and a fighter all at the same time. There are no stereotypes with Michonne.
Sorry, didn’t mean to wax poetic, but her treatment beyond AMC is offensive and insulting and I am so over it.
I am so fucking sick of the blatant disrespect this character is shown. I am sick of the lack of representation. I am sick of her importance being slighted and ignored.
WELL FUCK THAT.
Originally posted on BlackGirlNerds.com.