RWDE/HTDM watches/plays X
Content and trigger warning: This post may contain mentions and examples of abuse and r*pe apologia, in addition to homophobia, and misogynistic takes. I want to make it clear these are not my opinions, simply me applying RWDE/HTDM logic to the following shows, games and movies. In fact, in regards to two shows listed below, I cite actual claims from their respective HTDM’s.
If such claims, hyperbolic or no, upset you, I apologize in advance and would recommend skipping this post.
1. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: "Oh I see. So Anakin wanting to be a Jedi master, losing his mother, and wanting to save his pregnant wife, and doing what he can to save her makes him the bad guy ? And if that wasn't enough, they literally suit him up in black armor and some edgy villain name to let us know he's the villain now! Oh, but we're supposed to be sad when Padme dies when she was the reason he became a cyborg!!! And on top of that, they go and separate the guy from his kids."
"Just blatant character assassination 101. I'm just gonna pretend the series ended with The Clone Wars, no way they're gonna a knowledge this mess. There's no way my Anakin would kill a group of kids the first night he allegedly goes dark. You know, if Ashoka hadn't left Anakin, maybe he wouldn't have had to do what the writers made him do."
2. Spec Ops: The Line: *Sighs* "What a waste of a character; Martin Walker really could have been the next Alex Mason or John Price. He had all the makings of a classic FPS hero, who could have liberated Dubai from rogue American soldiers. It would have been great! It could have elevated Spec Ops to the next Call of Duty. But no; they just had to push that boring War Bad/Poor Civilians story. Walker just wanted to help people, and yet this game has him killing civilians and American soldiers throughout, and I just don't get it. What's more is they try to humanize the enemy soldiers like we're supposed to feel bad about killing them. Where's the young, headstrong, true blue soldier he was in the first half of the game, huh ? Oh, and if that wasn't enough, they play the whole untreated PTSD card for the reason Walker became crazy! Talk about insensitive! And they can't make up their minds; are we supposed to sympathize with Walker for his fall ? Hate him for what he does throughout ? Pick a side game! Or better yet, just say you hate the U.S. Military!"
3. Sweet/Vicious: Authors note, these are actual criticisms laid against the show when it aired back in 2016/17. I genuinely wouldn't be surprised if some of these commenters moved on to RWDE.
"Wow! Just wow! I get this is a woke Girl Power era, but Christ, you couldn't let the show have a a little more nuanced and sympathetic antagonists ? We get it; r*pe is bad, and all that noise, but you know what else is bad ? Vigilantism! We can't have these young impressionable girls thinking like they're Batman or The Punisher! What kind of message does that send! And if this so-called R*pe Culture is so much of an issue, why not just go to the authorities for it ? That's what they're there for! What do you mean the system in the show is corrupt, and they were more interested in protecting r*pists and reputations than the victims ? It may not be fair or perfect, but that's just how the law works, and we as citizens must conform to the legal system; not the other way around."
4. MTV's Scream: Authors note, like Sweet/Vicious above, these were actual criticisms laid out when the show was airing back in 2016. I wouldn't be surprised if this was the same crowd as the Sweet/Vicious antis.
"Really ? Like really ? They made Kieran...the killer ? And after all that obvious build up to Audrey being Ghostface, they go and make Emma's boyfriend the psycho. What do you mean there subtle hints of Kieran being the killer ? I think the writers of a whodunit story would have made it more obvious for the audience to pick up; you know, like they were doing with Audrey ?! But no, the lesbian has to be made into a sympathetic protagonist. Anything to please the shippers I guess."
"And that's another thing too; where did this whole Emma x Audrey stuff come from ? They keep trying to interlace these two characters and their arcs ever since the first episode of the first season, but hello; Kieran was right there and had such a deep and emotional relationship with Emma. It's like the writers are trying to get Wes Craven to roll in his grave...What ? No, I'm not familiar with a Red Herring. What's that got to do with anything ?"
5. Room (2015 film): "So let me get this strait; Joy is our hero despite putting her son in a risky situation to separate him from his father, and being rude to her people, including own mother, and casts resentment on said mother for her own choice to help a stranger ? And Old Nick is the villain for *checks notes* Providing Joy a place to stay, having no job to support them for so long, and disciplining them for when Joy steps out of line ? And yet they had to make him into to this p*do freak to get us to root for Joy. Oh wait, this is a Brie Larson movie; of course the old white dude is gonna be demonized. Gotta say, I can't really blame the guy with locking her in that room all these years if that's what he had to put up with. SMH."
6. The Lion King: Literally just Confused Matthew's review of The Lion King. It was RWDE level criticism, all the way back in 2008.
7. Maleficent 2014: Pretty much Bobsheax’s review of Maleficent. It wasn’t RWDE level criticisms, but the takes on Maleficent and Stefan’s characters/arcs were a little on the Eruption Fang side of things. Let me clarify I don’t believe Bobsheaux is a bad faith critic or a toxic like EF was (I’ve been watching his reviews for years, and that review was half a decade old) but this was one of his takes that was a little “out there” for me.
8. Doom: "You know ? The more I think about it, I realize the Doom Slayer is just the worst protagonist. He starts out as an insubordinate marine, and just gets worse from there. I mean, he constantly steals and destroys military and corporate property, and disrespects authority all around; in his backstory he beat his commanding officer to death, and we’re supposed to root for this character ? Sure said officer ordered the deaths of civilians, but in war one must make sacrifices. Also they try to pass the Slayer off as having PTSD from the first two games, but I don't buy it; if he had real PTSD from fighting Hells armies, he'd have a panic attack from the mere mention of demons. Why couldn't we play as Samuel Hayden, the industry leader making all the hard decisions, but the Slayer wouldn't even listen to Hayden's Greater Good speech! But, because he opposes the protagonist, I guess that automatically means he's the antagonist."
*Eye roll* "
“Oh, and Doom Eternal has the Doom Slayer kill actual angels for making deals with demons to benefit both their kingdoms. Hell-o-o-o, someone hasn't heard moral compromise! They just had to make the angels and demons these power hungry dicks because the Doom Slayer has to be right about everything! And if that wasn't enough, they give the Dark Lord this tragic backstory of him being a Fallen God, and the Doom Slayer won't even empathize with him! I repeat; the Doom Slayer couldn't even sympathize with his own god, and instead kills him like a dog. Our hero, ladies and germs."
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