What The Wilds does with Ivan, an out gay Black boy navigating high school armed with razor sharp wit and Gen-Z-ified vocabulary, is turn him into a cautionary tale for wokeness. He isn’t a person. He’s a Twitter thread.
Their identities aren’t simply facets of their humanity. Their queerness, or Blackness, or both, effectively strip them of their depth. In an effort to perform representation, the shows have created caricatures instead of characters.
Each show either at best disregards the humanity of their respective characters because of their progressive views, or at worst, outright chastises them for being “woke.”
• This Is Us is so so so good even though it makes me WEEP every episode. There’s only one episode left, fam, and I am NOT OK.
• Rest! That’s it, that’s what’s good.