Supergirl Star Jeremy Jordon Dismisses Supercorp Ship! He Needs To Do Better!
While San Diego Comic Con 2017 has awesome new content to excite fans around the world, it wasn’t without its fair share of fandom drama either. Supergirl actor Jeremy Jordon dismissed the Supercorp ship and the fandom isn’t having it!
The incident occurred during an interview conducted by Josh Horowitz of MTV News at Comic-Con. The cast of Supergirl gave a musical recap of season 2 and during the said clip, Jeremy Jordon (who plays Winslow “Winn” Schott, Jr.) joked about the Supercorp ship (that includes Supergirl and Lena Luthor).
Jordon ended up singing “They’re only friends! They’re not gonna get together, and they’re only friends,” with almost all of the cast joining him. Even though it was meant as a joke, we can’t ignore the real impact it had on the queer fans of Supergirl. Fans are allowed to see and create LGBTQ+ representation in any form of media they consume. Shipping two or more characters is part of that.
Their ship doesn’t necessarily have to be canon (and in nearly all cases it isn’t) but it allows fans to enjoy a show on their own terms. They ship characters and create stories because it also projects what kind of world they want to live in. Let’s be real, the actual world is a mess. The LGBTQ+ part of a fandom already faces a lot of hate and difficulty in their lives and the last thing they need is their favorite show hurting them.
— honestlynatalie (@honestlynatalie) July 23, 2017
Jordon saw and took noticed of the state of the Supergirl fandom. He turned to his Instagram to write an apology, and he kind of messed up again. First of all, it doesn’t even sound like an actual apology. He made it all about his feelings. And second, who starts an apology by writing “Dear kids”?
“Dear kids” is probably not the best way to start off an apology. Seems a tad condescending?
(I don’t watch this show for the record) https://t.co/H71yX13OzT
— Angel🏳️🌈 #SDCC (@angel_ponders) July 23, 2017
Currently, you’ll see different kinds of fan reactions. Some are quite vocal, some have accepted Jordon’s apology, and some fans can’t understand why a part of the fandom is hurt.
As far as I’m concerned, do I think Jordon’s song was a joke? It might be but it doesn’t mean it wasn’t hurtful to others. Your (being Jordon’s) personal interpretation of the relationship might be “valid” but it shouldn’t be the kind of “valid” that makes a part of your fandom feel awful.
The cast and crew of shows need to understand that ‘shipping’ and ‘shippers’ aren’t a joke. A large part of their fandoms are invested in ‘shipping’. To be honest, most of them are probably watching because of it. Joking about ‘shipping’ (even unintentionally) or being disrespectful to fans (even if they are a minor part of a fandom) is bad form. Remember what happened to Teen Wolf?
As for you, the Supercorp fandom, and anyone else who felt bad due to what Jordon did, be respectful when it comes to voicing your opinions. Wanting queer representation in media is a tough battle and I believe it’ll continue to be so for years to come. A change can definitely be made but fans don’t have to be rude about it.
As for the part of the fandom that doesn’t understand why some shippers are hurt: you all need to take a seat. I get that you saw the ‘joke’ in Jordon’s song. Good for you. Do try and not come for fans who feel upset because of it. You don’t know what Supercorp (or any other ship) means to them. Let them be vocal about what they think. It might not be the ‘best’ way to go about it in your personal opinion, but it’s a way for them to express what they’re feeling. Again, be respectful toward each other. Even people who aren’t part of the Supergirl fandom are being more understanding of the situation.
Im sorry #Supercorp shippers 🙁 That was terrible of them, but hey us Earpers will always have an open door
— Waverlys CropTop (@WaverlysCroptop) July 23, 2017
Jordon and some other crew members might take this incident as a learning lesson. They might understand what happened or they might think that a certain part of the fandom is crazy. But when it all comes down to it, a ‘change’ (hopefully a positive one) could occur either way in the long run of wanting good queer representation in media.
What do you think of Jordon’s song about Supercorp? Let us know.
Farid has a Masters in Psychology and an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He 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, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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