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I just saw this Twitter post, and despite the divisive viewpoints on thIs topic of Hartley's situation, I can't help but share it...
Forgive me for saying, I can't say I'm not touched by this one.
Superman: "I believe in second chances. I believe in redemption. But mostly I believe in my friends."
Just to paint a picture of what I'm feeling based on things anyone on either side of the current social justice system would see...
Cat Grant is a Democrat - Ok, she has her stand in politics. It's her opinion. Audiences can agree, but given our freedom of speech and free will, you can also disagree. For the record, I am for neither political party. Just American, trying to live in peace.
Female president - I'm bias, Supergirl casting Lynda Carter as president was appropriate casting. And the female president (vice president?) in the Invasion! crossover was appropriate because it was the first president taking over a deceased president storyline Earth-1, and Lynda was Earth-38 The only time I felt insulted was after Crisis, which I will get to later.
Anything related to LGBT - A very sensitive issue. One can argue about Curtis Holt or Oliver's son William coming out of nowhere, but I personally don't. Any other controversy among fandom I'm sure is beyond my understanding.
Andrew Kriesberg firing - Not to give all details, but it wasn't a good situation. We don't fully know the extent of how his role affected the show or the cast, and his sexual allegations are justified. No defense whatsoever here, and his firing was the right call.
Obama praise - Ok, liking a president and giving him some respect. I can totally understand this. Wish I,can say the same for his successor, but I guess we can't try being nice to everyone.
Trump lookalike works with Luthor - Ok, you don't like Trump. Good for you! Did you have to have a character who looks just like him? Couldn't it have been a Gary Green-looking character or someone who doesn't represent today's world? Why not have Luthor himself as president through image-changing devices like HR Wells did? Oh well, after one president foolish enough to get himself killed on Earth-1 and a corrupt,president on Earth-38, maybe the next Earth-Prime president will redeem the idea of male presidents, right? Wait...it's a woman again?
Dean Cain/Jeremiah Danvers out - Always want a Superman actor around, but to be fair, we haven't seen him in the flesh since season 2 so writing him out is mostly understandable. Though I admit, I'm not happy about this.
Hartley Sawyer is fired - Oh, the guy who played Ralph Dibny, a very popular character, who rarely had any problems the last 3+ years...wait, WHAT?!
I'm not going to go as far and say there will be less viewers after this. The Flash was popular before Hartley, and is arguable that it will be still be popular either way. So long as Grant isn't fired, all should be good.
THAT BEING SAID...I'm putting my foot down.
In my opinion, judge me, call me bigot or a hypocrite of saying, this firing is ridiculous. Sure, Hartley's tweets were very inappropriate 8 years ago, but it was 8 years where a person could change, or at least plenty of time for someone in the industry could've found the tweets before deciding to hire him.
It's James Gunn all over again, focusing on the past instead of now. Just rehire him.
And sure, The Flash cast is accepting of this. But here's the thing, it doesn't look good either way. Either the cast themselves (like Grant Gustin) are not good for being friends with Hartley for years then turning their backs on him after today, or the more likely scenario here is they have to. It's the thing about this "new direction" that we're forced to accept. Oh you're siding with the enemy, well you're fired!
Again, James Gunn did just as bad, if not worse and Disney had the maturity to admit they were wrong and rehired him. However, given Arrowverse is too far on the left, caring more about their ideals which are arguably just as twisted btw, rather than keeping the talent they already had on set and with 3+ years of good. Honestly if you're defending the action of firing him, you're looking at the past versus now and are no better than the terrible people who are truly racists today. What happen to giving people more chances of being good, regardless of their pasts? Where are the real heroes today? The ones who truly don't care who's black, white, etc and more accepting of people regardless of their flaws? Oh, they're fictional, that's good to know.
For the record, I do think #BlackLivesMatter is important, and we have dealt with great tragedy over the years, but this firing was not a tragedy but social media posts. And it took place years before we had riots and looters, who are the real people damaging our country right now, in the middle of a pandemic!
Please consider what I'm saying before giving me any hate on how this is affecting a universe that is already beloved and changing in ways I can't honestly say is for the better. And I can't say we're better than this because we obviously aren't for allowing this.
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The recent episode of the flash (liberation) was actually really good compared to the other episodes in this season and the last season. It was different then the others and finally felt like how to show used to be in my opinion, do y’all think so too or no?