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'Supernatural' co-star dubs series 'gratuitously misogynistic'

While many fans of The CW's "Supernatural" were happy after news that Misha Collins would return as a regular cast member next season, a recent panel suggests that perhaps the actor is more ambivalent.

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At a New Jersey "Supernatural" convention, Collins had some less than positive things to say about the writers' treatment of female characters.

"I'm frankly surprised by the show," Collins said. "Sorry, people who write the show and everybody who works on it and everything, but there's stupid things on the show that they shouldn't do. Like, why do they have to say 'bitch' and kill all the women? ... Because there are certain small ways in which the show is sort of gratuitously misogynistic when it doesn't need to be."

He continued, "When I read the scripts, I cringe sometimes. Yeah, there's a million other things you could say, you don't need to do this. Or, um, you have killed every other female character who had more than a two-episode arc. Do you have to take this one?"

What do you think, "Supernatural" fans? Is Collins off the mark here? Considering the bulk of female characters on the show are either damsels in distress or demons, he may have something of a point, even if it does smack of an almost Angus T. Jones-level of hypocrisy.

Don't miss the season finale of "Supernatural," Wednesday on The CW.


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Written by: kyleiam
May 14th, 2013, 1:48 am

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Anonymous

Message Posted On May 22nd, 2013, 12:19 pm
tacky comments from an actor that doesn't understand the show he's working on.
~Angst~

Message Posted On May 14th, 2013, 7:10 pm
I hate to say it, but Misha overstepped/over-reached on that one. In the CONTEXT of the show, the term 'bitch' is generally not used offensively against women, but against demons, etc. in female form. True, most recurring female roles had been cut in service to producing content, however I've never felt the show to be misogynistic and definitely not gratuitously so. What the show DOES NEED is an entire reboot; have a long sit-down and work on a long story arc. Re-hire a new writing team if you must. Seasons 1-5 were brilliant, self-referential, cohesive, contained. Whereas seasons 6-8 have been contrived, recycled, disjointed and all-over-the-place with no narrative presence, no arcs to speak of and no character development. If I didn't care as much about the series as I do I wouldn't have stuck-it-out during the 90% of just-plain-terrible TV that the last 3 seasons have been. :-/ I just hope Season 9 manages to be engaging the viewers intelligently and entertainingly, again.
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Message Posted On May 14th, 2013, 8:28 am

Spoiler Alert, but "Supernatural" has killed virtually all of its recurring characters (and all three leads!) at one time or another, and a lot more of them were male than female.  I wouldn't count that as a big sexist strike against it. :-)

The cast is a sausage fest, but adding a woman just to do it would be worse, I think.

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Message Posted On May 14th, 2013, 6:44 am

Misha.... cmon... What about the entire 7th season, and the CONSTANT "dick" jokes. Sera Gamble made me cringe with that season. Thats what happens when you let a fangirl run the show...

Anonymous

Message Posted On May 14th, 2013, 4:58 am
To me he will always be the Yoga guy who required Penis reduction surgery because of sucking his own cock addiction. A Nip/Tuck classic.
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Message Posted On May 14th, 2013, 2:54 am

Ah, shut up Gadfly. :)

 

Fixed it.

 

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Message Posted On May 14th, 2013, 2:52 am

"Don't miss the season finale of "Supernatural," Thursday on The CW."

 

If you wait to Thursday to watch it, you will miss it. Watch the finale on Wednesday, where it's actually been airing the entire season. If you're not sure what day it airs, there's always the link on the page here...

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Message Posted On May 14th, 2013, 2:50 am

They say "bitch" to female demons and other evildoers. And "bastard" to male demons and other evil types. Is his argument that they're courteous to male villains like Dick the Leviathan and Crowley, but not to female villains like... wait, what primary female villains have they had in the last season or two?

I'm sure Jim Beaver and Steven Williams will be glad to know they only gratuitiously kill female characters. Heck, they kinda/sorta killed off Castiel in Season 7.

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Message Posted On May 14th, 2013, 2:30 am

I love Collins as an actor, but he's way off base here. For one, Sam & Dean have lost just as many if not more male friends and allies than they have female. Second, Charlie, Lisa, Kristen, and Amelia are all still with us. And Jo & Ellen were hunters that chose to go down fighting Lucifer. So yeah, Misha isn't correct.

Anonymous

Message Posted On May 14th, 2013, 2:14 am
Ouch, I can see Cas being bumped off permanently next season after that. I doubt his bosses will be too pleased at him being so vocal publicly.
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