Why does she continue to blatantly ignore and neglect Bonnie Bennett? Is it because she has some personal vendetta against Kat Graham? Does she not find as much interest in Bonnie than she does Caroline, Elena, etc? I’m really having a hard time understanding this fuckery. Why does this woman refuse to write and create non-witch related storylines for our babi?
I know people in the TVD fandom are quick to jump to her defense and attack anyone who even implies that racism is involved, but I can’t help but think Bonnie/Kat’s race may have something to do with it. Just because racism isn’t blatantly obvious on the show, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Bonnie is the only main character on the show that is a POC, with the exception of Tyler whose character is white, but played by Trevino who is Hispanic. She’s also the most underdeveloped and ignored character.
Yes, you could argue that Matt, Jeremy or even Tyler are also underdeveloped, but none of them are as integral to the plot as Bonnie is. She, literally, is always the one they need to save a day. She’s the town’s only witch and the one they are constantly turning to for help, which is incredibly annoying, her being a damn plot device and all but…I digress. Without her, half of the Fall’s occupants would be dead.
It seems to me like Julie only finds time to write Bonnie in when they need her to do a spell, which is usually for Elena’s sake. At least when KW was still more involved in the writing, we got to see more of Bonnie. Now, she does a spell and then disappears for the remaining of the episode or multiple episodes. I feel like Bonnie has become the show’s token black character.
I remember chatting with a member of the Brigade, I don’t remember who exactly, but we were discussing whether or not JP is a racist. I don’t think she’s a blatant racist. I do, however, think she’s one of those ‘Oh, I have a black or black friends’ and ‘I don’t have a problem with black people as long as they know their place’ type of people. She draws lines. You can’t ignore the fact of how she constantly ignored and undermines Kat as an actress. Katerina is hardly ever included in a lot of TVD events and Julie hardly ever interacts with her s much as she does the rest of the cast.
Her obvious favoritism for certain characters is so obvious; it’s almost painful. I noticed she also tweeted the other day about Idris Elba and wanting to have him as a boyfriend or something. Since when has Julie ever tweeted about liking non-white men? Prior to other people suggesting racism, she’s never tweeted about linking things or people of another ethnicity than hers.
She’s disrespectful and unprofessional towards Bonnie fans and gets so damn defensive when people call her out about their treatment. She’s always talking about how Bonnie is this and that and she’ll be doing all this during the next season but never stays true to her words. She refuses to give Bonnie a decent storyline or even screentime at that and yet wonders why a lot of Bonnie fans don’t like her.