Does Rothenberg Need to Apologize to Fans of The 100?
A couple of weeks ago, an event on the TV show The 100 caused massive fan outrage on a level that may top anything else when it comes to The 100. The showrunner decided to kill off prominent lesbian character Lexa, which immediately upset a large portion of fans and LGBT supporters. They felt that in one move, the show has went from being one of the series most known for the inclusion of LGBT characters to almost back to square one. Many admirers of the show, actors, and writers tweeted about the unfortunate event, many even asking showrunner Jason Rothenberg for an apology.
Rothenberg was interviewed by Damian Holbrook of TV Insider on March 21, where he very specifically did not apologize for killing off Lexa. When asked if he would change the story, he said: “No, absolutely not. We would have told the same story. I stand behind the story; I just don’t think I would have gone out of my way to say ‘This is the best episode we’ve ever done!’ Nobody really anticipated that this would happen so now that we’ve seen it, the idea for me as the showrunner going forward is to learn lessons from it, you know?”
However, after feeling shockwaves from the public outcry and some pretty direct attacks on his work, just three days after the interview, Rothenberg wrote an open letter entitled “The Life and Death of Lexa,” saying: “Despite my reasons, I still write and produce television for the real world where negative and hurtful tropes exist. And I am very sorry for not recognizing this as fully as I should have. Knowing everything I know now, Lexa’s death would have played out differently.”
Unfortunately, for many fans, they don’t feel like that apology is acceptable. They state that this apology was done for PR reasons, more specifically due to the recent The 100 event at WonderCon. Many fans are still demanding the real reason why Alycia Debnam-Carey was written out of the show.
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