My Reply to Jeff Davis on Why I Still Watch “Teen Wolf”
During the Teen Wolf interviews at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, Jeff Davis called me out twice, questioning why I still continue to watch the show. Here’s my answer.
For those of you who follow my writing, you know that I have voiced my opinions many times regarding Teen Wolf. It seems that Jeff Davis (the creator and executive producer of Teen Wolf) doesn’t agree with what I have to say. I understand his opinion. He has the right to it. But singling out a reporter in front of others when I wasn’t even there is just a low blow.
Check out the interview below. He mentions me and the website at the 0:13 mark and then at the 6:24 mark.
The thing that stood out to me the most was how, according to him, being a Sterek shipper is the only reason behind my opinions. If Jeff Davis has been reading my articles and the only thing he got from them is that I wrote them because of Sterek, there’s nothing I can do about it. He has to continue blaming Sterek shippers because if he doesn’t he’ll have to blame himself.
Teen Wolf is still a very problematic show even if you take shipping out of it. The show is full of blatant queerbaiting, plot holes, over sexualized female damsels in distress, and the list goes on.
Below is my reply to Jeff Davis. I have answered all of his questions, especially the part about why I still watch the show.
I have received some replies about taking the show too seriously. But (as I have explained in the video) such shows and other forms of media need to be called out when they’re being problematic. It isn’t about Sterek. It’s about voicing opinions and trying to get The Powers That Be to hopefully listen.
If you, as a fan, want to enjoy casually watching a show, go ahead. No one is stopping you. But do respect the opinions of people who are watching the show and calling it out on being problematic in hopes of getting better storytelling and representation down the line.
And Jeff, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Farid has a Masters in Psychology and is the author of numerous books including Arousing the Legacy, Missing in Somerville, The Game Master of Somerville, and The Escaped Murderer of Somerville. He gives us insight on comics, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies. He reviews shows such as Gotham and Teen Wolf.
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