Sons of Anarchy’s Tara Becomes the Latest Fan-Bro Target

Via: Tuned In

Before Breaking Bad came to an end this fall, Anna Gunn wrote an incisive New York Times op-ed about the fans–especially men–who had developed a consuming hate for Skyler White, her character on Breaking Bad. Though Skyler was, after all, married to a lying, murdering drug dealer, she was the one fans turned on as a shrew and a buzzkill–a common fate among the wives and female associates of TV antiheroes going back to Carmela Soprano. Now it’s Maggie Siff’s Tara on Sons of Anarchy having her turn in that cultural barrel, and she talked to Entertainment Weekly about the experience. It’s worth listening to, and reading, before the show’s sixth season finale: [T]hese shows are always set up so we follow a protagonist and the story is very intricately built around caring for them in some way. And so anybody who runs counter to that is going to run into the problem of people turning on them. But I also think there are pretty deep gender cultural issues that have to do with a certain kind of fantasy of male and female roles, and a certain kind of fantasy around this anti-hero — the man who does terrible, terrible things but who we root for anyway because it’s an enactment of an adolescent male fantasy that people take great pleasure in seeing played out. And people who run counter encounter a lot of hostility. I think it’s the hostility that’s the most disturbing thing — the amount of vehemence or anger or righteousness that people can feel when they say, “She should be shot. She should be killed.” You only have to see so much of this vitriol, so many times, on so many shows, before you see the sexism at work. And it’s sickening. Skyler and Carmela made some ugly moral compromises. So has Tara: this season, attempting an elaborate fake-pregnancy lie and scheming to escape Charming with Jax’s children. But 1) the audience easily gives more license to the ugly things the men of SAMCRO do, and

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