How do I put this?
There comes a point in every poc/woman character’s life where they are loved or at the very least tolerated by the majority of the fandom. This is what I call the honeymoon period. There is surplus of ,”OH WOW, SO COOL!”. Then, as time goes on either one of two things happen (and sometimes it’s a combination).
1) They do something that something that “impedes” on the white character (most times white male character). Or do something that had they been white or specifically that white character no one would make a fuss about. And people blow it way out of proportion and don’t give them the same allowance of character analysis and possible motivational triggers for what the PoC/Women did.
2) People start shipping them with the white character (most times the white male character).
In terms of Sam Wilson, specifically, the descent into bullshit started small enough:
Someone made a photoset of people that are Steve’s “type”. Which consisted Peggy Carter, Bucky Barnes, and Tony Stark. Yet tagged it with Sam Wilson (if my memory serves me correctly).
Intentional or not the message was clear: Sam wasn’t an option for Steve (potential or not).
Which was kind of weird since Steve was clearly liked Sam’s presence all of CATWS.
Then the “Why didn’t Steve call Tony for help?/It’s suspicious that Sam would just help Steve out of the blue he could possibly be H.Y.D.R.A double agent” post happened. And that’s when the proverbial dam broke.
First, what the hell fandom? Did you all see the movie I saw? Because the Sam I saw would never in a million years join H.Y.D.R.A or any other evil group. His genuine kindness and concern for Steve and Natasha should be loved and applauded. Not vilified.
Second, H.Y.D.R.A and its roots to Nazism and their beliefs in eugenics and fundamentalism cannot separated from one another (no matter how much some people want to). Meaning them using Sam (a black man) as a way to get at Steve would be highly fucking unlikely.
Third, Sam wasn’t even a part of S.H.I.E.L.D so I don’t understand???
The OP deleted the post but from I can tell it’s still gaining notes and is over the 1,000 mark.
So this is where (one of) my post about Sam comes in. I said it in utter frustration; obviously there are still a lot of people who love Sam. However the route that PoC/Women go down fandom is already in effect from the looks of it.
People are replacing Sam’s canon scenes with Steve to Bucky. Using lines such as, “On your left.”
People apparently writing Sam in a OOC fashion in fanfics to elevate their ships (I personally haven’t seen it so I can’t really comment).
Tagging Sam in things where he isn’t a major factor or even present.
Restricting/relegating Sam and his contributions to only being the Avengers therapist (mostly Tony’s). As if he doesn’t have problems of his own.
Saying that Sam is “too awesome/cool” for a relationship. Now, having Aromantic!Sam and Asexual!Sam headcanons are more than fine because they lack representation. But the thing is, people who are saying that Sam shouldn’t be in a relationship aren’t looking for representation. They are looking to keep Sam isolated and that is wherein the problem lies.
It’s a slippery slope Anon that many a non-white male character have gone through.
It has only been a month and some weeks (I believe) MCU!Sam hasn’t even been around for that long people are already looking for ways to discount him. He was freaking flawless in CATWS so people start making things up (go back to #1) because he has canon, ship worthy scenes with Steve (go back to #2).
So what we end up having here is a category 3 situation.
Now, it is not all bad. People are standing up for Sam and I love seeing it.
Are things that are happening (and they totally should because Sam deserves fans).
People still love Sam, it’s just fandom is showing its ass again (as per usual).
With the news of Sam Wilson being named Captain America, for the second time in a row mind you, racists and whiners are coming out of the woodwork to tell us all about how “it doesn’t make sense” for Sam to be Captain America.
In other news, shippers are still being unimaginative because now we got Stony fics with the usage of “On your Left” (A line of canon between Sam and Steve from CATWS).