You’ll Make Jessica Gao Angry Calling She-Hulk a “Strong Female Lead”


 

In an interview with the UK Guardian, actress Tatiana Maslany made clear she doesn’t like calling Stan Lee’s creation, Jennifer Walters, a “strong female lead“, and there’s other stuff about this that’s questionable:

 

She also had a lot of fun smashing things up with her co-star Mark Ruffalo, who has spent 10 years playing Bruce Banner (he is Jennifer’s cousin), and who tutored her in the ways of the Hulk. “He’s such a special guy, and he’s got this childlike wonder about everything. But as Hulk, he’s got this physical dexterity and character precision that really is something to witness.” The pair bonded over their hi-tech but distinctly odd-looking costumes that track their movements and facial expressions, allowing them to appear altered, and yet still themselves, on screen. “Everyone else gets these very cool superhero outfits,” she says sadly, “and there we were in these little grey suits.”

Maslany’s She-Hulk aesthetic is far removed from the green goddess spilling out of her clothes, as depicted in the early comics. Back then, what few female superheroes existed appeared to be there to titillate the mostly male readership. Marvel Studios has been slow to redress the balance; it took Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow, a full 11 years to get her own film. Maslany says the She-Hulk script, which was written by Jessica Gao (Rick and Morty), contains nods to the treatment of female Marvel characters in the past. “She suddenly has this value in terms of optics. She becomes tokenised for her superhero-ness … But I do think there’s been this paradigm shift. It takes time and it’s about finding new ways to tell stories. What made me go: ‘Oh OK, this feels fresh and surprising,’ is that it feels deeply – if I can use a binary term – feminine. There’s a girliness to it. That word is often used as a derisive term, but to me there’s a celebration of female friendship in She-Hulk that’s really fun.”

She adds that she is looking forward to the day when a woman playing a superhero is no big deal. “I’m really interested in when these [marginalised] voices get to speak without it being like: ‘Oh my God, it’s all women,’ or, ‘Oh my God, this is a story about a queer couple,’ and those stories become as innately expected as they are now special.” She has long found the “strong female lead” archetype irritating – “Because it’s reductive. It’s just as much a shaving off of all the nuances, and just as much of a trope. It’s a box that nobody fits into. Even the phrase is frustrating. It’s as if we’re supposed to be grateful that we get to be that.”

 

Here we go again with lamentations about pleasing a male audience injected into the conversation, and she even hints she upholds the “non-binary” ideology, which apparently ties into her putdown of “strong female lead” simultaneously. That’s surely the biggest irony involved here. Suddenly, despite any suggestions to the contrary, such a description is no longer genuinely acceptable as it was over a decade ago, and that’s obviously dismaying. Similarly, it’s also a terrible shame this woman’s associating with Ruffalo, an actor who’s expressed anti-Israeli viewpoints and, in doing so, has desecrated the memory of She-Hulk’s Jewish co-creator, Lee. And since when was “girliness” ever considered derisive?

 

 

That too is nonsense, but it’s far from surprising these modern performers would want you to think otherwise. What they say contradicts the part about titillating the male audience most absurdly; do they really think most men wouldn’t want women to act feminine/girlish? As Breitbart notes:

 

Tatiana Maslany, star of the upcoming Disney+ Marvel series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, says the phrase “strong female lead” is problematic, demonstrating once again that even well-meaning praise for woke celebrities will only make them more dissatisfied and insufferable.

 

Even before this, Brie Larson was already proving insufferable with her own personality as an actress; that’s another reason why the Captain Marvel film doesn’t age well.

 

Anyway, as Cosmic Book News now reports, the series appears to have found some negative reception with the audience:

 

Who didn’t see this coming as Marvel fans have overwhelmingly rejected the new She-Hulk show on Disney Plus which is on par with the reception to Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson as the two are the lowest-rated projects of the MCU.

It’s another disaster in a long line of disasters regarding the MCU Phase 4 approach from Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios, and Disney.

 

And I honestly don’t care. I’d rather read the original She-Hulk comics of the past century, when breaking the 4th wall was a notable staple of the 2nd solo volume for Jennifer Walters, and I own some of the material today. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out Maslany has no appreciation for those past gems of the comics proper.

 

Since we’re on the topic of Disney, they recently showed their hypocritical side again, as News Australia reports, when it comes to crude jokes in animation:

 

An episode of beloved kid’s show Bluey featuring flatulence was barred from US streaming service Disney+ after it was deemed “inappropriate” for audiences.

The cheeky Aussie cartoon following the life of a family of dogs has become a worldwide sensation, but for US audiences, a seemingly innocent episode about dad Bandit being accused of letting off a fart in front of his eldest daughter was left off the schedule of the show’s third season.

According to the streaming service, the episode titled “Family Meeting” did not meet its standards and practices guidelines at the time, but they have since rescinded the decision.

A Disney Branded Television employee has since told Pirates and Princesses the episode will soon be available, explaining they had a change of heart.

“‘Family Meeting’ will roll out on US platforms soon. Some of the Bluey content did not meet Disney Junior broadcast S & P in place at the time the series was acquired,” they said.

“Now that it is rolling out on other platforms, it is a great opportunity to re-evaluate which is what we plan to do.”

 

This is certainly weird how a crude joke – the kind of thing Mel Brooks popularized through Blazing Saddles back in the mid-1970s – was initially considered inappropriate by Disney, yet LGBT propaganda for children is deemed entirely acceptable according to their mindless standards. Exactly why, no matter what they’ve decided in regards to the Australian-produced cartoon, nobody should be watching their TV channel.

 

Originally published here.


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Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1

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