It's been a few weeks since Lexa's death on The 100 and the fandom is not about to put down their pitchforks and continue watching. CW's show has turned the internet into a battle zone between it's creator Jason Rothenberg and just about anyone who's been a fan of the show. This continuous PR nightmare for both its show creator and the network has become about a lot more than Lexa.
The Clexa fandom sparked so much controversy that mainstream publications quickly acknowledged the social context around the fandom and virtually sided with the audience. Variety, Entertainment Weekly, Hollywood Reporter and many others reflected the frustration and anger of the fans and provided a platform to talk about this social issue. In turn, what started out as a major backlash against the show runner Jason Rothenberg turned into a public fundraiser for the Trevor Project and a gay revolution (as some Clexa fans on Tumblr have referred to it).
Even the actors from the show saw the significance and the justified anger of their viewers.
The media storm the fans created shined a light on the unfair and downright disrespectful tropes the gay community had to put up with, as well as the outrageous number of characters they had to bury. This audience is brewing the pot for social justice and it's not giving up. They're hoping to help shape future content in which writers don't rely on lazy tactics for shock value. The deaths are reaching absurd numbers and there just isn't any justification for it.
What does this mean for the future? When people become collectively engaged in a story, the show runners and writers have a responsibility to not give the audience what they want (as many have used this excuse to defend these deaths), but to treat its characters with respect. While producers want people to love their show, outward lying and ignoring your base when they are not happy is not going to make the problem disappear. Rothenberg's behavior made him the perfect example of how the industry thinks of their minority characters - they're disposable and we don't want to hear any shit about it.
The way fans became involved in this show or The Walking Dead (which also recently lost a gay character) is not about destroying careers (as they hope to with Rothenberg), but bringing about change to a disrespectful representation of its LGBT characters. This new wave of fandom backlash also shows how powerful the audience can be. Alycia Debnam Carey became one of the most talked about people on Twitter almost overnight and the fans themselves pledged to take their viewership to Fear The Walking Dead while simultaneously creating their own character Elyza Lex.
These protests are bringing about positive ramifications such as the talk about Xena: The Warrior Princess reboot and the creators decision to make her openly gay. This backlash has not been in vain and the fan are finally showing that they're don't want to be the sidekick or just another body bag. The audience wants real diversity, not tropes.