This guy gets paid more than all of us
WHERE DID SHE GET ALL THAT CASH IS MY QUESTION
Probably birthday money?
I know dope money when I see it. She got a corner or something.
ask no questions
Stay in school
Lol these comments
Hit the block selling juice boxes and crayons.
Everyone’s like whoa, ants can lift 50 times their weight. A fucking leaf is like 50 times their weight. I’ll fight an ant right now.
Margot Verger on Hannibal
Bryan Fuller: “No lesbian erasure […] Margot’s got an agenda.”
Margot having an agenda doesn’t change the fact that she sleeps with a man.
Depictions of lesbian sexuality where the lesbian ‘turns straight’ for the right guy are problematic, and Hannibal does avoid that by giving Margot an ‘agenda’. But that doesn’t change the fact that the only lesbian character on the show has one sexual interaction, and it’s sleeping with a man. It is better than Margot being attracted to Will, but the fact remains that the show takes a lesbian character and puts her in bed with a man.
The coherence of the story doesn’t justify its politics.
Margot’s motives and circumstances are inventions of the writers: if Margot sleeping with Will ‘makes sense’, it’s because they wrote it that way. Besides, Margot sleeping with Will to get pregnant is kind of silly – how does she know that he will sleep with her, not use a condom, and get her pregnant after one round of sex? The writers weren’t forced into having a Margot/Will sex scene, they chose to from a set of alternatives.
There are other ways to write the same plot without having Margot sleep with Will
Why not just have Margot pay a preliminary visit to a fertility clinic, and then have Hannibal tell Mason? Will and Margot’s scene can be rewritten to just a friendly bonding sequence – after all, the two characters have a lot in common and could work well as friends. This basically preserves everything that happens in the Margot arc without a weird pregnancy angle and a problematic sex scene – I’d say it’s even a more interesting way of doing it.
Margot’s sexuality is minimized
Bryan Fuller’s Twitter account notwithstanding, there is very little indication that Margot’s character is a lesbian. There are a few euphemistic and vague indications here and there, but if you let your mind wander for about a minute over the course of the show, you could miss them entirely. She has no significant on-screen interactions with women (let alone sexual ones) as opposed to her multiple interactions with Will. Furthermore, there’s no indication that she’s uncomfortable with the idea of sleeping with Will. In other words, it is entirely possible to watch the show and reasonably believe Margot is straight. The show is very willing to place her in heterosexual interactions (sleeping with Will), but not in lesbian ones.
The sex scene is inappropriately erotic
The sex scene between Margot and Will should not be erotic if Margot isn’t attracted to Will. But instead we’re given a fairly ordinary scene with shots of Margot’s hair falling seductively over her face and Margot kissing Will. There’s even a juxtaposition of Alana’s face in orgasm with Margot’s face, which would suggest sexual pleasure. It’s an extremely normal sex scene, once you cut out the Wendigo and the face-swapping, and that’s an issue: a lesbian sleeping with a man for ulterior motives should feel different than a straight man and woman sleeping together.
The show views Margot through the male gaze
In addition to the eroticism of the sex scene, the camera is fond of Katherine Isabelle’s body – we see her undress in front of Will, with close-ups of her skin. Two episodes later, we see her dress in front of a mirror, complete with a from-behind shot of her pulling her pants over her ass. Her scenes with Will, even minus the sex, are definitely seductive: the whiskey, the secluded cabin at night, etc. How sexy is ‘show me yours and I’ll show you mine’? The effect is that Margot’s character is sexy to straight men – regardless of why she does it, what we see on screen is the male fantasy of a hot lesbian seducing a man.
Margot’s character is feminized
In the books, Margot is a ‘butch’ bodybuilder, as opposed to be Katherine Isabelle in a sparkly blazer. Margot’s character is now conventionally ‘hot’. There’s nothing wrong with a lesbian character who is attractive by conventional standards, but a butch character rewritten to be sexy to straight men, who then has a sex scene with a man, is problematic.
Fuller’s rationale for altering Margot’s character implies a problematic view of lesbians
In an A.V. Club interview, Fuller says he changed Margot’s character because he didn’t want to imply that she was a lesbian because of abuse – fair enough. But the extent of the changes to Margot’s character implies that Fuller equates a well-adjusted lesbian character with a conventionally feminine one. It wouldn’t have been difficult to preserve Margot’s ‘butchness’ without implying her sexuality is freakish or the result of abuse. The stereotype that women who don’t conform to traditional standards of femininity are in some way damaged or unstable is a common one, and Fuller reinforces it here.
Hannibal reinforces heteronormativity.
The way Margot’s character is portrayed doesn’t make her a ‘fake’ lesbian, but it does demonstrate that the show is at a basic level uncomfortable with displaying women characters who don’t want to sleep with men. Yes, Margot is a lesbian, but her character conforms to heteronormative expectations – she’s attractive to men, we get to see her undressed and having sex with a man, and she doesn’t display discomfort at the idea of having sex with a man. This is a central idea behind lesbian erasure: that women should be sexually attractive to men and open to having sex with men. By refusing to show a character who doesn’t attempt to look attractive to men or refuses to sleep with a man, Hannibal perpetuates heteronormative ideas of gender and sexuality.
Lesbian erasure isn’t the only problem with Margot’s character
Even if we ignore the issues of lesbianism, the show is still fascinated with Margot’s body and her fertility, and gives her very little agency. Her issues really become Will and Hannibal’s issues, and her suffering is used as a foil for their interactions. Even as a straight character, Margot’s ‘manipulate a man into impregnating me’ plotline is a recycled sexist trope.
Ignoring the politics, it’s just awful writing
Characters that conform to social expectations are predictable. There’s nothing intriguing or challenging about the character of a sexy woman, a woman who needs to get pregnant, a woman who has on-screen sex at the first opportunity. These kinds of plotlines are objectionable partially because they’re the dominant way we see women depicted, and they are boring for the same reason. Margot’s plotline is somewhat interesting, but her character is not. Imagine how different that would be if Hannibal had decided to be more challenging, to take a greater risk.