tzitzimine said: Have you read Red Hood & the Outlaws? Lobdell gets Jason and is working to make him more than just a plot device and is giving him tons of character development.
oh boy. okay so i knew somebody would eventually ask this. do i read red hood & the outlaws… the answer is yes. kind of. occasionally, when i can stand it, but generally even then it’s under extreme duress and i’ll tell you why.
i think red hood & the outlaws is conceptually brilliant. i love it, as a concept. it’s the kind of story i always wanted for jason, it’s the story i always wanted for him.
but scott lobdell is the problem. you know why? because scott lobdell is a fucking sexist tool — possibly one of the biggest misogynists currently on dc’s payroll — and that leaves a pall over the entire series that i cannot in good conscience ignore. rocafort’s art can sometimes make up for it, but only so much. lobdell is awful. he’s an awful, awful human being, and that’s what fucks up red hood & the outlaws.
but, see, i don’t think it’s a mistake that fandom has accepted jason todd as a protector and defender of women, neuroatypical people, and queer people. i don’t think it’s a mistake that we think of him as one of us. jason was raised by sex workers and there’s a lot of canon evidence suggesting he may have at one point been sexually abused or forced into sex work as a child himself. when asked in an interview if jason was bisexual, judd widick said, and i quote:
I’m totally dodging the question. This is me ducking the question. There’s things we can talk about and there’s things we can’t talk about, there’s things that DC Comics doesn’t like me talking about and they don’t like us talking about things like that, so I don’t want to answer that, thank you.
in case you’ve never been involved in a creative industry like i am, that’s a yes. that is a very strong yes.
so essentially with jason we essentially have a pro-women, bisexual, neuroatypical character, that dc doesn’t want to characterize as pro-women, bisexual, or neuroatypical. and i don’t think that could be proven any more strongly than by the fact that scott fucking lobdell is still in charge of writing red hood & the outlaws.
scott lobdell is an asshole, and it shows. it shows in his sexist handling of koriand’r. it shows in his completely ooc interpretation of some of the shit that goes on between jason and other members of the batfamily. it shows up by means of casual bigotry: fat shaming; slut shaming; faux-feminism; etc. scott lobdell is a friend only to white cismale hetero manchildren like himself, and as a reader, you’re constantly assaulted by it with moments that are totally jarring, ooc, flat offensive, or just generally revealing of an appalling lack of knowledge about the personalities/motivations/beliefs of major characters. there are so many good moments in red hood & the outlaws, but they’re the exception to the rule.
and the rule is: scott lobdell is a bigoted fucking tool, and by extension cannot possibly be trusted to do well by a character as intersectionally un-bigoted as jason todd.
THIS POST IS GOLD, and I’d also like to add: RHATO has also had instances of being racist and transphobic.
Susie Su is a transmysogynist caricature of a trans woman — indeed, so grossly distorted that I couldn’t even recognize that Lobdell was mocking trans ladies until it was pointed out to me later. And of course her depiction was also fatphobic as hell and had Jason saying horrible things about her weight.
In the very first issue, Roy goes to help a Middle Eastern country whose people are trying to throw off a brutal dictator, only to claim that “turns out — surprise, surprise — that the people turned out to be just as bad.” Describing an entire nation of people in the midst of fighting against injustice being done as horrible and “just as bad” as a dictator and oppressive government is insensitive and tone deaf and speaks to the way people who aren’t of white European descent are Othered and portrayed as savages.
Not to mention, shut the FUCK up Roy, nobody asked for your pasty ass to jump into a conflict you had nothing to do with and obviously don’t understand the complexities of. Are we supposed to be shocked that the local people imprisoned him? Apparently so, and also disgusted by those scary brown savages who are just as bad as their oppressors. Like, the entire message of that opening scene (helpfully reiterated by Jason) is that man, those brown people are really fucked up, there’s no point in trying to help them in any way because they’re all savages, and they pretty much deserve their mistreatment and should be ignored by the West.
And then Kory — referred to solely as a “pair of 38s” by both Jason and Roy (in reference to her breasts), someone who Roy wants to fuck, and someone who Jason has already fucked ayyy lmao — flies in and incinerates all of the nearby freedom fighters, leaving a gigantic pile of charred brown bodies in their wake.
(BTW, re: Jason being raised by sex workers — unless I’m forgetting something [which could be very possible] I wouldn’t say he was raised by them so much that as he encountered them while a baby Robin and was kind in his interactions with them, as well as explicitly taught to respect them by Bruce. Jason pretty clearly respects people with that occupation and feels especially incensed about human trafficking, underage sex work, and other forms of non-consensual sexual slavery — in my opinion, even more so than most people are (edit: updated post). And of course Jason also has a history of beating up shitheads who use misogynistic and homophobic slurs. So yeah, people who turn Jason into a sexist cishet dudebro can go stuff it.)
"Who cooked the Last Supper?: The Women’s History of the World"- Rosalind Miles (via fyeahnursingthings)
Fuck, now I really want some fanart. Think of all the passive, prim-looking, saintly portraits we’ve seen of Florence Nightingale! I want to see her with a hammer.
the fact that people have donated over $8000+ to a MURDERER who is already on PAID LEAVE fucking disgusts and terrifies me
Stop white people
"Support Officer Darren Wilson" = "I’m a racist asshole who wants to give a nice big bonus to the guy who killed an unarmed black kid because that’s what I secretly wish I could do".
Fuck literally every person who donated even a penny.