Every time I see an Olicity fan argue that Laurel should want better for herself than Oliver, I can’t help but to roll my eyes and laugh. Apparently, they lack the self awareness needed to realize that Oliver is the common denominator here and no amount of fan wanking will change the fact that Oliver, alone, is responsible for his cheating, womanizing ways. To not recognize or state exactly this, is to imply that Laurel is to blame for Oliver’s behavior and somehow, Felicity will turn the womanizer into perfect boyfriend material. Yes, Felicity Smoak is apparently that awesome.
Oh look at how you reduce the black man to a ship prop even going so far as to sticking him and his “reactions” into scenes he wasn’t present for.
That’s not racist at all.
I actually made the same comment and got into a heated discussion with some o/liciters who were very upset at being called racists. They claimed that many fandoms do this for fun, e.g. the TVD fandom with “Stefan the Bamon Fanboy”, and that these memes are not at all intended to degrade for Diggle (or David Ramsey). One of them said that she is African-American and that she could not at all understand the racist connotations in the O/liciter treatment of Diggle.
I’m a white European, so I don’t feel qualified to talk about this….all I can say is that the O/licity fandom doesn’t seem to have any problem with using Diggle in these contexts.
I still have a problem with it, because never once has Diggle claimed that they should be together. At least with Stefan, he at least expresses interest in Damon’s romantic life. But never once has Diggle said anything about this. Diggle doesn’t care about the romantic lives of the team, just that they are a team. Now, this might change in Season 3 because Felicity and Oliver go on their date that goes terribly and they’re gonna have to deal with that, but so far, I haven’t seen a lick of him caring about their romantic lives.
I’ve heard both sides of the coin, those inundated with this who think it is very expressly racist and had to change freaking tags because they didn’t want to be inundated with “Digg the shipper” and those who think it’s perfectly fine. I’m also white, so I don’t feel like speaking on either side is really my place, but there are two sides to that story.
Basically, this should really one be tagged with Olicity and general tags and not the other characters. Because it’s really just all about the Olicity and you know what fine I’m cool with it. I don’t agree with Olicity, but sure. But it was tagged in a laurel tag and I can’t get down with that.
I find it amazing that so many O/liciters seem to truly believe that Diggle’s most burning desire is to see Oliver and Felicity together. I mean, the “Stefan the Bamon Fanboy” memes seem more like a fandom inside joke. In fact, many of the Stefan memes I’ve seen are pretty ironic and self-conscious. The “Arrow” version of this meme and the posts in the #john diggle tag (which are mostly about how happy Diggle will be when Oliver and Felicity finally kiss, or ruminations about how Diggle is sensing the famous O/licity chemistry) actually seem serious, despite the fact that there is very scant on screen evidence that Diggle ships O/licity. Of course, in the non-tumblr fandom “Diggle the O/licity fanboy” is totally unknown….
Anyway, this post does not belong in the #lauriver tag, and since the O.P. took the chance of posting it there, I guess s/he can’t complain if we express our thoughts on the matter.
Wait…an Olicity fan made this? Surely s/he can see how one would interpret this as something created by a non fan to mock Olicity fans using Diggle as prop? At least, that is how I interpreted it. Lol I’d call this a meme fail.