Bordowitz asks his reader “what images would [they] like to see more of” and encourages his reader to “make them” (176). In addition to making images of what people want to see, it’s also important to raise awareness about the lack of representation to big mainstream media companies; the producers of movies, TV shows, etc. that reach mass audiences. If one can’t make the images themselves, they can make their own content explaining what they feel is missing in mainstream media.
This had me thinking a lot about queer representation and reminded me of a video I saw a few months ago. In April of this year, Buzzfeed made a mock PSA video titled “Stop Killing Queer Women (On TV).” In the video, several queer women discuss how often queer female characters get killed on television shows. If you’re like me and you follow a lot of queer shows or shows with queer female characters, you understand that this is a real trend that happens on TV shows. The beginning of the video even says, “At some point in her life, every young queer woman will lose someone they love to television’s dead lesbian syndrome.” Some actual statistics the video says is:
- “Since 1976, 65% of all queer female television characters have died”
- “In 2015 alone, 24 queer female characters have been killed on television”
- “Already in 2016, there have been 12 deaths”
The fact that 65% of all queer female characters since the 70’s have died shows that this has become a pattern. They don’t even leave the show for other reasons. They just get murdered or die in some way. The question is, why?
Here’s the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmSVj4q3QaE