The Charmed Reboot Isn't Afraid of Anti-Feminist Backlash

It should come as no surprise that the Charmed reboot isn't afraid to be feminist AF, and the premiere will be chalk full of pointed reference to the show's female-forward agenda.

It won't be the first show to lay it all out on the table from the get-go (Supergirl and The Bold Type come to mind as shows that similarly made their stance on gender equality, sexual assault and harassment very clear from day one), but sadly, that means it also likely won't be the first to receive a wave of anti-feminist backlash as a result. Supergirl, in particular, was often criticized for being too loud and in your face with its feminist ideals, something which put off viewers who were hoping for a more subtle approach. Those viewers are going to find a similar issue with Charmed -- whose first episode includes quips about consent, references to sexual assault investigations as witch hunts, and a even a women's rights protest -- not that the cast and executive will mind.

"I stand by it," Madeleine Mantock, who plays Macy, tells TV Guide of Charmed's outspoken feminist agenda. "We have a platform and our writers are passionate. ... We don't want it to be a gimmick. We're talking about it because it's real life and it matters and we care about it, not because we want it to be preachy or a PSA of the week. We want to be careful to not do that."

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"I think it's awesome that we're super aware of our privilege and our platform," Melonie Diaz, who plays Mel, adds. "If we didn't talk about it, that would be a disservice to the cause as well. People are going to complain no matter what, and we've just got to do our job and tell our story and make sure they're authentic and real, and that's it. That's all we can do."

As for the producers, being authentic is the objective for them and they're very aware that audiences don't want to feel like they're in a gender studies classroom every week. Even if some of them probably should be.

"I think you don't want it to feel like medicine," creator Jennie Synder Urman says. "The balance is always hard because you have things you want to say and then you have to figure out how to say them within the context of your show, where you're serving story and character. I think trying to find that balance is something that we're going to be continuing to refine."

Charmed premieres Sunday, Oct. 14 at 9/8c on The CW.

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This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Oct 11, 2018
Why does feminist even have to enter the picture here...? Can't they just make a good show which features women in prominent positions, and that's that...? Stop forcing the SJW agenda on everyone, just focus on making a good show and the fans will come, simple as that.
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Oct 12, 2018
Can you make a comment on here without throwing "SJW" into the mix? You know you don't have to be a caricature on the internet, you are actually allowed to let your own personality through.
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Oct 12, 2018
Cause that's what the term is. And if they stopped forcing it down everyone's throats, then people wouldn't have to call them out on it.
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Oct 11, 2018
"It should come as no surprise that the Charmed reboot isn't afraid to be feminist AF..." NEITHER WAS THE ORIGINAL! This is not a new concept that is exclusive to the reboot and I am SO TIRED of hearing about how SuUuUpPpEeErRr feminist this reboot is going to be. Making the middle sister a lesbian activist DOES NOT make the show MORE feminist.
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Oct 12, 2018
Exactly! I'm so tired of all this... well, let's call it "spotlight"-marketing.
"LOOK, WE HAVE FEMINISM! AND WE FIGHT RACISTS! AND FOR SOCIAL EQUALITY! THAT'S WHAT OUR SHOW IS ABOUT! ISN'T THAT GREAT?!"
In my opinion, that's not something to be proud of - as far as I'm concerned, in these times, it should be considered just... well... education and decency? The very foundation of a "hero" character of any kind? I mean, seriously, who would like to watch a racist bigot as protagonist fighting for inequality and injustice?
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With shouting "FEMINISM" everywhere the show is mentioned, they're actually sabotaging themselves. If they have a message, they should send it in an episode and don't advertise it like that. Weave it into a compelling story that makes people think about it! I mean, making a reboot of a successful show without pissing people off is hard enough, even without activism. But doing it like that, so that people hate the show before the series has even premiered is... just dumb.
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