I am not imagining things.
Quoth Paul Dini, to Kevin Smith, on the subject of cartoons etc etc…
“That’s the thing, you know I hate being Mr. Sour Grapes here, but I’ll just lay it on the line: that’s the thing that got us cancelled on Tower Prep, honest-to-God was, it’s like, ‘we need boys, but we need girls right there, right one step behind the boys’—this is the network talking—’one step behind the boys, not as smart as the boys, not as interesting as the boys, but right there.’ And then we began writing stories that got into the two girls’ back stories, and they were really interesting. And suddenly we had families and girls watching, and girls really became a big part of our audience, in sort of like they picked up that Harry Potter type of serialized way, which is what The Batman and [indistinct]’s really gonna kill. But, the Cartoon Network was saying, ‘Fuck, no, we want the boys’ action, it’s boys’ action, this goofy boy humor we’ve gotta get that in there. And we can’t—’ and I’d say, but look at the numbers, we’ve got parents watching, with the families, and then when you break it down—’Yeah, but the—so many—we’ve got too many girls. We need more boys.’”
…And then that’s why they cancelled us, and they put on a show called Level Up, which is, you know, goofy nerds fighting CG monsters. It’s like, ‘We don’t want the girls because the girls won’t buy toys.’
Can I just say, and I really do mean this sincerely:
For the record, I spent AN HOUR AND A HALF walking around the stalls at the last Emerald City Comic Con looking for cool T-shirts, and ultimately came away with nothing. I would throw any kind of cash at an Wonder Woman laptop bag or iPad cover. I got an Iron Man decal on the back of my laptop that my beloved husband bought off Etsy, for gods’ sake.
Why in all the hells is this hard to understand? I am a nerd! I have money! Why won’t you assholes take my money?! At this point, if any girls or women love the DC characters, it is IN SPITE of anything DC itself does, because it’s made it very clear that, not only does it NOT CARE about half the population, it actively wants to exclude them!
I just can’t. I cannot. My ability to can is gone and will not return. Fuck everything about this, and fuck DC for their bullshit. The sooner they go out of business, the better.