TRIGGER WARNING FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT. Spoilers for Misfits seasons/series 1 and 2.
I’ve been seeing the TV show Misfits getting recommended a lot on my dash in the past couple days and as a former fan I have some concerns that there has been no discussion of all the rape and rape apologism that takes place on the show. I get that it’s not a popular opinion to have these days that Misfits is anything but omgamazing but I think the people who are being told to watch this show right the fuck now deserve to know that shit is very potentially triggering as hell. I’m not saying people can’t watch/enjoy it or that it makes anyone a bad person to do so, I’m saying that sexual assault survivors have a right to know that rape is an ongoing theme in the show and it is not at all handled with any sensitivity whatsoever.
Below are the instances of sexual assault/rape apologism/overt grossness toward women that I can recall off the top of my head. Everything I’ve listed below is going off of memory. I don’t feel comfortable watching the show any longer, so I’m not about to go back and review the episodes. If I’ve drastically misremembered one of the scenarios mentioned, please let me know and I’ll edit/reblog with an update to the post, but if you’re going to fucking nitpick about phrasing/intent because oh shit someone’s saying mean things about your favorite show, you need to back the fuck up. Like I said, I used to really enjoy the show. But the handling of the assault in the latest episode made me feel so gross and shaky and upset and I don’t want anyone else to have to go into that without at least a heads up.
Again: TRIGGER WARNING FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT. Spoilers for Misfits seasons/series 1 and 2.
Alisha has the “super power” to inspire insatiable lust, for her specifically, in anyone she touches, to the point where if she doesn’t manage to break the contact, they will force themselves upon her without her consent. Several men are shown attempting to rape her when inadvertent contact takes place. When she breaks contact, they have no memory at all of what they have done and were effectively “possessed” by her power and not in control of their actions.
Alisha also uses this power, intentionally, on several anonymous men to force them to have sex with her, and later on the character who is to become her boyfriend, Curtis.
Curtis’s response, after initial anger, is to tell her that she doesn’t “need” to use her power against him because he’s “already there” i.e. she doesn’t have to win his affections/interest with the use of her power, because he wants to have a relationship with her. Later, Curtis acknowledges in passing that he did consider this instance to be rape, the only assault that is referred to as such on the show, to my knowledge.
Simon, painted as sympathetic and socially awkward in the first season and a major hero of the second, attempts to assault Kelly by putting his hand up her dress while she is drunk and unconscious, but is scared away when she rouses.
Simon also “accidentally” murders a secondary female character and keeps her body in a freezer that he visits frequently. He is congratulated for this by the other characters for “protecting” them and the secret of their powers.
Alisha at one point has a fight with Curtis in which she says she knows she “deserves” her power (for having frequent casual sex prior to the start of their relationship) but that it’s his job to make her feel like she doesn’t deserve it.
A tattooist with the power to possess people with his tattoos forces Kelly to fall in love with him. They are presumably engaging in a relationship/having sex while she is possessed by the tattoo. When the spell is broken, her response is to tell him that if he wants to have a relationship/sex with her, he needed only to ask.
Kelly later begins a relationship with a minor character. During sex which becomes too rough, she tells him to stop, and he doesn’t. She has to physically push him off to make him stop. He later says he didn’t mean to hurt her, but that sometimes his “instincts” get away from him and he can’t control himself. We find out later that this is because he is actually a gorilla that the storm turned into a human (seriously).
Nathan contracts an STI from sleeping with a series of “skanky” girls and tries to persuade a woman with the power to heal people by rubbing the afflicted part of their body to cure him. She refuses, very clearly, given that she would have to touch his genitals in the process. He forces her hand down the front of his pants moments before she is very brutally murdered by another male character.
In the most recent episode, the characters sell their powers to a man with the power to, well, buy and sell powers. The episode’s main villain buys Alisha’s power and uses it to attempt to assault her. The assault is interrupted, and instead he successfully assaults another woman, using Alisha’s power to force the woman to perform oral sex on him. The other characters confront him in the middle of the act and stand around hurling insults at him for a bit before asking him to get the woman to stop doing that because it’s “distracting.”
“Any1 who knows abt the Dirty Projectors know that it is headed by Dave Longstreth, and he is basically like a cult leader who views himself as the ‘genius’ behind the band. He had actually been ‘trying to make it’ as a buzzband for a while, then he got 3 altbaguettes to join the band, and obviously they finally became popular because any1 wants to go see 3 premium alt hotties sing while they look cute, but at the same time it is kinda sad because when they sing with Dave, they kinda give off ‘brainwashed cult member’ vibes, as if they have been stuck as one of many wives in a polygamous cult for their entire lives’, having to marry their father, and give birth to children, but their children’s dad is also their grandpappy. Really weird vibes.”—Hipster Runoff on the Dirty Projectors