I’m not really sure what you want me to tell you, anon.
I legit have no idea who you are, I know nothing about you, and I know nothing about your reasons for disliking Laurel.
What I DO know, is that the hatred for Laurel Lance started pretty much the second Felicity Smoak showed up on the show.
Why does that matter?
Well, it matters because the source of the hatred, where it all came from, regardless of who jumped on the bandwagon for whatever reasons afterwards, was ship related. People started hating Laurel once another viable option as Oliver’s love interest appeared on the scene. And I italicized that because it’s gross. It’s gross because the initial reason people started hating on a female character was because they saw her as nothing more than a love interest for the male protagonist, and when another love interest showed up, they could discard her. Both women were not important beyond their relevance to Oliver Queen’s dick.
Yes, we all fell in love with Felicity’s spark, with her babbling, with that chemistry. But that was after, and the speed with which people cast off Laurel Lance and interchanged her with Felicity was astounding. And from then on it didn’t matter what Laurel did. It didn’t matter because people thought if they ended up liking her, if they ended up being supportive of her, then their precious ship might never happen. How could Felicity and Oliver possibly end up together if Laurel wasn’t completely despised by everyone in the fandom?
I remember getting an anonymous ask from an olicity fan raging at me because I was trying to trend #olicitersforlaurel to show that we supported her, while still loving our own ship. She was angry, because how dare I speak for all oliciters - how could I possibly do this? Did I not understand that saying we like Laurel might end up hurting the chances for olicity?
What a fucking load of garbage.
So here’s what it boils down to.
You may not hate Laurel for misogynistic reasons, whatever. But you need to understand that the source of Laurel hate is steeped in misogyny and sexism. That is important. And I’m going to say something really controversial here and say that I believe that any hatred of Laurel, for whatever reason the fan who hates her gives as an excuse, at it’s core has at least a seed of that sexism that I am trying so hard to battle against. I don’t believe anyone who hates her has completely valid reasons.
Moreover, the issue of Laurel Lance has become so loaded, the hatred so common, that we need to fight extra hard to turn the tables, to call out the aggression and gross opinions every chance we get. We need to make it stop. We need to protect Laurel at all costs - and it IS a feminist issue now, because - and I’m going to quote jaegermighty here: when a character gets as much hate as Laurel does, everything means more.
So sorry. You’re not going to get absolution from me. If you were messaging me so that I would tell you, “Oh, well, you don’t hate her because of the things I am angry about, then you’re okay. You can go on hating her anon,” then you’re in for disappointment. Please, stop sending me asks like these - asks explaining why your hatred is okay, why you are one of the entitled few who can be allowed to hate her. I’ve gotten so many and I don’t want to hear about it. You want to hate Laurel Lance? Do it quietly. Because every time you talk about it, you make the problem worse. You convince yourself it’s okay, and you tell your followers it’s okay too. And their “reasons” won’t be as wholesome as you think yours are.
I want anyone who hates Laurel to look very closely at the reasons why. Why do you hate her so much? When did you start hating her? What specific events made you hate her? Examine your reasons for feeling the way you do, and do it unflinchingly. I dare you.
You won’t like what you find.
Standing ovation for that anon reply! Thank you for standing for a character that deserves so much.
While the hate for Laurel grew, my love and support and intensified. The reasons that people have listed time and time again, clearly show under current mysgonisim, sexism, double standards, immaturity and a complete lack of empathy. I currently share with someone who has been abused, clinically depressed and who has tried to take her own life, so when I see dumb ass posts about Laurel I am freaking furious. The way she described her depression is a foggy hole that you can see no out of and no energy to fight it. So for Laurel to continue to fight for what was right in the middle of depression shows what a fighter and a truly strong woman she is.
You go girl and I will be standing right beside you all the way. Go Laurel!