You cannot love both Batman and the Joker,
Or Ariel and Ursula.
It doesn’t work that way, says someone
High up in the world.
For us to make our money you must hate,
No matter what the cost.
We must pretend these human beings are
From comic books and films,
Not flesh and blood with feelings hurt,
Just like you and I.
Sorry. I’ll probably be harping on about this interview for quite a while because I like to write about feelings and there was just so much to unpick in what was said.
One of the huge things that I felt was said very early on was that Meghan couldn’t understand why there had to be a hero and a villain out of her and Kate. I have sometimes quite flippantly said ‘I’m on Team Kate’ not really thinking about the implications. If I’m on Team Kate, I’m insinuating that Meghan is the rival and to be hated.
Why can’t we love both of them? They are both really strong women and they are beautiful and intelligent, so why can’t they just be equal? It’s no wonder women are scared to go for positions of power when they know that they will be pitted against each other and vilified for doing it.
So, from now on, I don’t have a Team. I just listen and try to feel empathy. Who knows what went on behind closed doors; it’s not really our business. What matters is that we look after two women that have had a really tough time.
2 thoughts on “heroes and villains”
It is so sad that we’re set up to choose sides when we don’t really have to do that. It’s not an ‘us vs. them’ thing. It never was, but the media knows that framing it that way gets more attention.
We should love both women and, unless we learn that one is or both are villains, support their attitudes and efforts. And I doubt they’re villains.