As an active part of fandom, specifically The Walking Dead, I was linked to a very well done fan vid. Except…
It decided to not portray one of the biggest supporting characters, who also happens to be the co-leader, right hand, and love of the lead character—Michonne.
This brought back to mind those last few comic cons I attended where Michonne (and Richonne) were treated as a non-issue, as if it doesn’t exist in the series. Two weeks after Game of Thrones “Hold the door/Hodor” incident, there were shirts, posters and fan art. Four months after Rick and Michonne consummate their relationship, we get…
Zero. Zilch. Nada. The big goose egg.
We even have Rickyl (i.e. Rick and Daryl) items and fan art and fanvids, but Richonne is rare. Oh sure, it has its pockets of fandom, specifically Tumblr and a few Facebook pages, but here’s the thing, though:
Michonne and Richonne are canon; NOT fanon. So why does fanon get more representation in fan art and in dealer rooms and in fan vids?
The vid in question can be found here. Michonne is shown once–the back of her head–as she shows a character a message; a character who doesn’t even see the end of a full episode. Michonne, who has been part of the show for four out of six seasons, and is still on it. Michonne who is integral to the life of the lead character (Rick Grimes) of said show and his family. Michonne, who shares the cover of the season six box set with said lead character AND IS THE FIRST CHARACTER TO DO SO. Michonne, who is popular in her own right. Michonne, who co-leads Team Family with Rick. Michonne, who has gotten her own moving speeches. But you want to show the back of her fucking head in a fourteen-minute video? You want to act as if she has no face, or no voice? Oh, but you got lesser characters in there fully represented for their short/inconsequential stay on the series. Okay.
I am so sick of the blatant disrespect this character is shown. I am sick of the lack of representation. I am sick of her importance being slighted and ignored.
WELL FUCK THAT.
Jill Robi is the author of Fangirl and The Good Soldier, and the creator of Fangirl, Whedon World, and The Living Richonne. To learn more, visit HouseOfFangirl.com
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