Clexa – An Overused (and hurtful) Trope

So. “The 100” is a good show. I fell in love with it over the summer and fall, watched every episode obsessively, up to Season 2. After that I had to focus on other things, school and W2P and grad prep and such.

But I heard about Clexa. The romance between lesbian commander Lexa and bisexual spacer Clark. They were both incredibly powerful leaders, one in a post-apocalyptic world and one exiled from a space station.

I was excited about this couple, sure, because finally we get some representation around mainstream media. And a couple that seemed to have a future together, especially since the show seems to be a beacon of positive LGBT representativeness.

Episode 7 changed that, though.

In case you haven’t heard, Lexa died. Yes, they killed off the lesbian, right after she had made love to Clark, I might add.

Is this an overused trope in TV? Hell yes.

Was it necessary to the storyline? Perhaps.

Will I ever know? Nope. Because I don’t want to watch the show anymore.

Killing off lesbian characters (or any LGBT character) just for the shock factor is kind-of like how The Walking Dead killed off that little kid and his mother in their returning episode. It was just plain dumb.

Here are some comments from the community about it…

“They deserved better.” @raquelmanas 

“Queer girls are special, powerful, and live long happy lives all the time. Your lives will be more than those of the characters you see on television. Queer girls are heroes. They change the world and they fall in love or maybe they don’t. They live in the world. Every day. All of you do. Please keep doing that. If the characters you love can’t, do it for them. Keep living. Be a hero, fall in love, get your heart broken, break hearts, have great sex, change the world, have kids if you want them, have generations of a family, write your story on this universe. Queer girls live.” @laynemorganto Clexa fans

“I thought for once there is going to be a show that does an LGBTQ relationship correctly, and I had complete and utter faith in the writers of The 100 that they would keep their relationship alive and flourishing.” @sillytilley-33

“Do not tell Clexa shippers to ‘chill’ or ‘calm down’ when people are legitimately hurt over the violent on screen murder of a lesbian character. A rare lesbian character. One who inspired a lot of follows for a show that will likely get another season because of us.” @ helebette

Why all this outburst? Because it happens too often. And because it’s not fair. And because it hurts.

People reacted differently. Some people unfollowed the writers. Some people banished the show from their TVs and streams. Other people delivered death threats (which is never a good way to prove anything).

But some light came out of this, too.

My writer friend Rae D. Magdon gave out over one hundred of her own books that had positive representation and a happy ending for lesbian couples. If you want or need more books, check out Desert Palm Press. There are many books by Rae, Sy Itha, Michelle Magly and others who have positive representation of love and happy endings for queer characters. I’m happy that my book Finding Hekate will also be joining their ranks later on this month.

My other writer friend Michelle Magly is doing a Twitch stream about happy gay stories in video game form on Sunday. She also gave away free, signed copies of her book that had positive romantic representation.

A writer I just met via Tumblr started a whole blog called CreativeWLW dedicated to wlw (women loving women) original content. Taken from a blogpost directly from it: “I want to use this blog as a place to support and showcase these talents, to hopefully bring attention to media created by us and for us, media that respects us.”

If you want to read some badass fanfic with positive lesbian relationships, check out my page – Serenity Quill. The ladies in my fics go through some crap, sure, but they have their happily ever after in the end.

Light can come out of darkness. We can band together. Shout together. Create together. This misrepresentation, stereotypical, over-used trope doesn’t define us. We define us.

But I do ask this one thing to all the lovely queer ladies out there. Please remember, TV and movies aren’t real life. Queer ladies can have a happily ever after. And we will.

Keep on creating. Keep on living. Keep on loving.

What will you do?

Warm regards,