Abbbie Mills Deserves Better

Can we have a therapeutic venting session in the comments? The very walls of #Icchabbie Tumblr & Twitter shook when Sleepy Hollow decided to take the show in a very shocking direction in that

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They k*lled Abbie Mills. Calls at the beginning of the hour to renew the show (#renewsleepyhollow) transformed to #cancelsleepyhollow along with a large portion on the fan base swearing off the show forever. There are many justifiable reasons to be displeased with the choices the show runners made but here I focus on the racial tropes many actors of color get boxed into particularly Black Women in Fantasy and Sci-fi.

Also we should unpack why actress Nicole Beharie would feel compelled to leave the show in the first place. Very public examples exist of her being excluded from activities other cast members participated in. The show was marketed as two leads Tom Mison and Nikkie Beharie playing Ichabod Crane and Abbigail Mills as equals and dependents so the sloppy way Abbie was killed 17 minutes into the episode then pronounced herself to be Crane’s steeping stone was a huge disappointment.

If anything Sleepy Hollow backlash can at least serve as an example of how not to relegate the inclusive components of your show to the backround. Sleepy Hollow has lost a viewer but perhaps this example can stress to show runners and writers in the future the importance of inclusion not only in front of the camera but also behind it. Were you upset by what happened? Let me know!

“You hate to see it.”

Related Articles:

SLEEPY HOLLOW” POST-MORTEM: THE DEATH OF ABBIE AND THE PAINFUL ERASURE OF BLACK WOMEN: http://colorwebmag.com/2016/04/09/sle…

WHY ‘SLEEPY HOLLOW’ & THE REST OF HOLLYWOOD NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO POC FANS : http://blavity.com/why-sleepy-hollow-…

Why Sleepy Hollow Just Lost Any Faith Fans Had Left in It: http://www.vulture.com/2016/04/sleepy…

Tragedy Strikes Sleepy Hollow, and Black Twitter Loses It: http://www.theroot.com/articles/news/…

Sleepy Hollow Just Went Past The Point of No Return: http://io9.gizmodo.com/sleepy-hollow-…

Female lead roles rose in 2015’s biggest films – but not for women of colour: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/…

Posted by:Nicole Nichelle

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