Anyway, this is the infamous post, which I'm posting here for everybody on LJ to see. (I've already reposted it on TWoP, too.)
"I think everyone knows here I don't like Chuck Bass. And I'm glad Ed doesn't like him either. However, I was thinking today. It's not that I *dislike* him: I don't mind bad guys, villains are interesting--and Chuck is an interesting villain BUT Chuck isn't portrayed a villain on the show. He's a Gary Sue. Nothing is ever his fault and everybody including his enemies will always step in and help him no matter how poorly he treats people. Hell, even Blair took blame for IP and it wasn't even HER fault. It was his.
I see Chuck Bass a modern-day Dorian Grey. Blair is his Sybill. However, the writers want to keep on insisting that their relationship is epic!, romantic!, the be-all-end-all of relationships, past and present. Now, as someone who knows people who have been emotionally and phsycally abused (and Chuck IS a textbook abuser), I take offense at that. Serious offense. I don't mind seeing deestructive relationships on tv. I don't even mind seeing the woman in abuse relationship, but telling me it's romance .... well, I'm boycotting the show. I adore Ed, I adore Leighton, I adore Penn, hell I even adore Blake and Chace, but I will not watch something where abuse is considered romantic. That disgusts me.
Back to Dorian Grey. Wilde never romanticizes Dorian Grey. Oh, he makes the character very witty, very appealing in shady, seedy way, but he doesn't say "this guy is a romantic hero and Sybill is the love of his life" (Dorian acts like she is, but doesn't treat her so). He just says: here's Dorian Grey. He's corrupt, he sucks, and he's evil. But he's so damn good looking: has great taste in art, clothing, jewelry, etc. BUT HE IS EVIL! And you will be hurt by him if you spend any time at all in his company. And he will not regret hurting you but you will feel the sting for the rest of your life and wish you had never met him.
Does Dorian pay for his actions? That's debatable depending on how you view the ending. I think he does. But it comes after long years of getting away with everything--and people knowing he gets away with everything. But even while he is getting away with everything, he is only worshipped in the "he has beautiful things" way. Sure, he has "friends"--but they are wary of him. Sure, he has a good reputation, but there are always scandals that follow him wherever he goes. Wilde enforces that he is fascinating from afar--but nobody really likes him. They just find him interesting.
Now, if GG would THAT route, I would totally okay with Chuck Bass. But instead, fans and certain writers of the show insist on telling me he is a good guy. Which is why I can't be a fan of him. If he was admired as Dorian Grey-type, I would totally be on the Chuck Bass love train (because it's a 'love to hate, love to admire, but don't ever trust him because he'll hurt you badly' love not 'aww, prince charming Chuck love').
Anyway, I wanted to get that out of my system."
Yes, I will post on Ed Westwick's fanforum. Despite their infantile views, I like several threads there. And, there are a few who manage to not squee all the fucking time when they post, who are capable of intelligent conversation that doesn't sound like babytalk. However, I will definitely be spending far more time in Leighton's and the main GG fanforums.
(I guess I've officially had my rite of passage and am now an official LJer now, given that so many of friends and communities I'm in have complained about fanforum.)
I stopped watching the show when season 2 started, because I wasn't a Chair fan.(I was a Derena and Dair fan back in the day.) I missed that whole season, andd didn't regret it. Somehow the season 3 promos and advertising pulled me back in. And, shockingly, I found myself loving Chair.
Then IP and the whole shitdown on Blair happened afterwards. My heart shifted back to Dair but I still hoped Chuck would be redeemed, even though I didn't want him back with Blair. I watched this season with increasing horror and shock. And, then, Monday happened. That was too far.Then, reading the interviews where those fucking twits who write the show tried to justify Chuck's abuse.
That is TOO much. I am done. Done! I'll still keep my membership in LJ GG forums because I adore the people I met there (and they are very articulate, intelligent and thoughtful and always willing to call the show on its shit). But no longer am I viewing it.
Now, to be clear: I'm still a fan of the actors (Leighton's got a great career ahead of her, and if the others are phoning it in, they can't be blamed when they have such CRAZIES behind the scenes running the show.) I'm still a fan of the fashion and the music. But as a feminist, I can't support watching something that negates the impact of how domestic violence affects women.
DOMESTIC ABUSE IS NOT ROMANTIC!
JUST BECAUSE HER BRUISE WAS "DAINTY" DOESN'T MEAN CHUCK'S BEHAVIOR IS JUSTIFIED!
JUST BECAUSE CHUCK DIDN'T HIT BLAIR DOESN'T MEAN HE DIDN'T ASSAULT HER!
PS: I will freely admit I will probably still seek out Dair scenes on youtube and watch the BTS blooper reels. But I'm not watching the show live.
Not because he plays Chuck Bass, but because he calls Chuck Bass "an asshole." Not because he gives polite brush-offs to Chair shippers, but says he "really ready" to be done playing Upper East Side's Bad Boy. (His comments are on par with Penn's for their bluntness.)
“It's all about the work, you know; the feeling you get when you connect to the work. And that's what I had with Chuck Bass in the beginning - I was fascinated by him. But now, to be completely honest, I'm ready to do something else. Really ready to do something else.”
He added in an interview with Tatler magazine: “It was refreshing to go from playing an a**hole to playing someone who's a bit more like I am – a nice boy. He has a heart, he has a soul, and he's still figuring out his place in the world.”
And I'm so excited that his interview comes on the heels of the (accidental?) PR disaster that Leighton caused (she very diplomatically said when their contracts expire 2 years from now, she's not coming back causing all kinds of fan debate and uproar), whereby even showrunner Stephanie Savage had to come out and do media control.
Mostly I just love him because while Chuckistans excuse away all of Chuck's actions and continually try justify his behavior, he just comes out and says "he's an asshole." I think it's SO awesome that he doesn't drink the woobie koolaid his fans and showrunner consume as if it's the last hours of Jamestown.
Now, I said in gg_feminism I'd lay off critiquing Blair, so I can't leave this post like this. I'm actually more appallled by Dorota's statement: "you aren't fighting with Chuck, so you're fighting with the help." Does Dorota have no memories of her wedding? Of Blair being so damn unhappy, she broke down in front of everybody and was afraid she had ruined D&V's wedding? Of Blair being afraid that if she and Chuck walked the happy couple down the aisle, D&V would be cursed because CB were in such a bad place? DOROTA ISN'T A CHAIR SHIPPER!!!!! Stop trying to make her the Chair's #1 fan, Josh Schwartz! It's NOT working
And, it's getting damn pathetic that the writers on GG are now trying Chair by having everybody in the universe tell either Chuck or Blair this season that they loved each other, that they were meant to be, are meant to be. If you believe in your precious ship that freaking much, SHOW it, don't tell it. And, for that matter LET BLAIR MOVE ON!!! And, then, we'll see if your destined couple holds up in the long run after Blair has a real love interest.
I love that Eleanor has gotten so classy since she married Cyrus. I bet she always was though. Once she let go of what she thought the UES expected of her, she just has loosened up and become a great Mom, a great friend, and even great to the help. Now, she just needs to get through Blair's head before it's too late.