Fans of the show Charmed have been losing their collective minds to fits of fan joy since news of a reboot. That's about to change for several of them thanks to a recent announcement and comments by one of the original stars.
The show announced that it would be "adding" a feminist twist.
The problem isn't with the idea of a feminist stance. To many, witches are a symbol of feminism, particularly since standing up for yourself as a woman was often all it took to be branded as one. The problem is with the idea of "adding" a feminist twist to a show that was one of the most feminist things to happen.
Original cast member Holly Marie Combs noticed, but she wasn't the only one. Take a look:
I’m pretty turned off by the redundant need to mention a “feminist” storyline. Charmed represented feminism by nature. Why try to sell some commercialized faux narrative when sisterhood and womanhood is genuinely what the Charmed legacy is all about? https://t.co/bzgRO3BxNt— chris (@ChrisMcPhersn) January 26, 2018
Charmed was created by a woman. About women. For women (& gay boys like me). It was the longest running show with a female cast. It's stars campaign for equality to this day. Rebooting it with a "feminist twist" is insulting. (@rosemcgowan @Alyssa_Milano @H_Combs @DohertyShannen)— Phillip Lee Curtis. (@PoshLopez) January 26, 2018
Holly went on to explain exactly why calling the show a "feminist" reboot was an insult. First, the network actively blocked Charmed from coming back in the past even though the show's fans, cast, and crew were all ready and willing to continue. Second, both Rose McGowan and Alyssa Milano have been a big part of major feminist moments lately, so...
While some may not get why I take issue with the network that didn’t want to renew Charmed 12 years ago ‘reimagining’ it now let me just say I understand it perfectly. Also this kinda stuff given all that Rose and Alyssa have done lately...um no. Just No https://t.co/Vp2htLtdbR— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) January 26, 2018
Here’s the thing. Until you ask us to rewrite it like Brad Kern did weekly don’t even think of capitalizing on our hard work. Charmed belongs to the 4 of us, our vast amount of writers, crews and predominantly the fans. FYI you will not fool them by owning a title/stamp. So bye.— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) January 26, 2018
And another thing. Reboots or remakes, as we used to call them, usually have storylines so similar to the original that they are legally required to use the same title and buy the rights to that title. If it’s not similar than it’s just another show. A new show with a new title.— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) January 26, 2018
So maybe blocking actual progress and then claiming to "add" feminism to an already strongly feminist show wasn't such a good call?
It's certainly got HMC fired up, and nobody wants that.