Welcome to the March 25, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: do we have a new “Gamergate” on our hands?
“The new Gamergate: Angry white men are trying to shut down diverse comics,” reads the headline of a piece written by Salon's Matt Binder, who claims that “right-wing parasites, misogynist Men”s Rights activists, and opportunistic grifters” including Breitbart contributor Milo Yiannopoulos (many of whom, he alleges, probably don't even read comics) are taking aim at attempts to add more women and racial minorities to mainstream comics, most notably the woman Thor.
“The fact that a woman playing Thor would cause such outrage, when even a frog is able to take up the title of Thor sans controversy, is absurd,” Binder writes before citing numerous other examples of targeted attacks by the trolls in question. He later charges: “A common tactic used by right-wingers is the call to 'stop politicizing everything' – while at the same time trying to push forth their own political agenda in the culture wars.”
It's a long piece and worth a full read for context.
Want more? There's plenty of indignation to go around. See below for a full roundup of today's kerfuffles.
Outraged: Shonda Rimes, Twitter
Target: Deadline TV writer Nellie Andreeva
Why: An article penned by Andreeva published Tuesday was probably doomed from the start by its inflammatory headline: “Pilots 2015: The Year Of Ethnic Castings – About Time Or Too Much Of Good Thing?” In it, the Deadline contributor wonders whether the networks have gone too far in trying to fill a so-called “ethnic quota”: “Instead of opening the field for actors of any race to compete for any role in a color-blind manner, there has been a significant number of parts designated as ethnic this year, making them off-limits for Caucasian actors, some agents signal.”
1st Reaction:: HELL NO. Lemme take off my earrings, somebody hold my purse! 2nd Reaction: Article is so ignorant I can't even be bothered.
– shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) March 25, 2015