I was really happy at first – happy that DC would make a movie in which not only male superheroes (or anti-heroes) were featured. I was especially excited about Harley Quinn starring in the movie as she is hands down my favorite character because of her sass. I have hated DC for years for not including stronger, fiercer more independent female superheroes in their movies and when I heard about the Suicide Squad movie coming out, I just knew that DC had listened to us feminists. I mean after Box Office failures like Green Lantern and the latest Spiderman film, you can’t really expect DC to want to completely reinvent the franchaise and infuse some female power in it. And that’s what I truly thought they were going to do, until I saw the trailer for the film yesterday (Yeah I know I’m late but I don’t spend my time nerding around on the internet like you guys), so anyway, what I saw, was HORRIFYING, fucking HORRIFYING!
I can’t believe I thought things were heading in the right direction. I can’t believe I let my hopes up. I can’t believe I let them think that things were going to get better. There she was, the woman who was supposed to play the fab Harley Quinn and turn the superhero franchaise into a modern, gender conscious, feminist one – Margot Robbie – a White, skinny, conventionally pretty woman.
Arrrgghhh. it makes me so angry that DC comics would even consider depicting Harley Quinn that way after all the pressure they’ve been put under by feminists. YES we wanted a Harley Quinn movie, but NOT. LIKE. THIS! Margot Robbie is a perfect example of a bone thin, skinny woman without any curves or shapes. Her body, along with DC’s decision to create it, is incredibly fatphobic and tells women that if they want to feel like they’re represented in the movie, they have to weigh 90 pounds and have a svelte physique. EXCUSE ME DC, who’re you to tell women that they have to be a size zero to be able to be an superhero? I know plenty of big, strong, fabulous women who can perform amazing jumps and movement and who can do all sorts of parkour stuff like Harley Quinn can. Do you mean to tell them that they don’t matter?
DC, you had the perfect opportunity to depict bigger, plus sized Harley Quinn in this movie. You had the chance to break the old stale fatphobic beauty standards in the movie industry and make a lot of big women happy in the process. You could have made Harley a big, plus sized beautiful woman who goes against the cookie cutter beauty standards – but instead you chose to play it safe and go with a skinny British (or whatever) bitch. This is not okay DC. This is NOT fucking OKAY! You don’t care about gender equality. You don’t care about women. You don’t care about body acceptance. You just care about making the most money possible using skinny model bodies and exploiting the female figure.Why not cast Melissa McCarthy next time? She kicks ASS!
I think ALL bodies deserve to be depicted in movies and until DC starts depicting Harley Quinn as a plus sized woman in their movies they should be boycotted by anyone who cares about gender equality.
I want to start a movement, a movement that promotes the right for bigger women’s bodies to be represented in the superhero movies. Let’s put some pressure on these a ssholes and maybe we can get a strong, fierce, fab and big woman to play Harley Quinn in the Suicide Squad 2. I’m like officially starting this hashtag right now:
#BiggerHarley tweet under it to protest against what they’ve done with Harley Quinn and talk to me! The fatphobia in the movie industry. NOW!
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