youtube keeps trying to recommend me video essays of people dunking on never have i ever. and like i get why! i watch lots of videos of people dunking on media! but i refuse to watch videos dunking on never have i ever. i’m aware of the issues in the show in terms of representation. but i honestly don’t care if u think devi is an evil or bad main character i don’t.
do you know how many white protagonists i grew up with, who made a shit ton of mistakes and cheated on their boyfriends and were mean to their friends because of boys and they were just like this because they suck i guess? do you know how many predominantly white teen dramas there are in the western world. Have You Seen Glee.
you cannot in good consciousness complain about devi vishwakumar being a bad person if you aren’t also giving equally scathing criticism to white protagonists who do the same thing. teens in dramas have love triangles. teens in dramas are shitty to their friends. teens in dramas fuck up!!!! teens in real life fuck up.
and i would argue devi isn’t even equivalent to the protagonists of white dramas, she’s more complex. a lot of the shitty things she does aren’t justified but they are explained by the trauma she experienced after her fathers death. and she’s actively trying to change through therapy. devi is the emotional, messy, fucked up, teenage girl drama character i deserve actually and while it’s your prerogative to criticize her, and there are points to be made about the show in general, i just. i love her and i can’t help but see the double standard with the way white characters are allowed to act in fiction vs the way characters of color are allowed to act.
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I might be wrong but I need to rant this off. I don't get how people ship Benvi? They excuse their toxic behavior just because of a stupid trope "enemies" to lovers which wasn't even executed properly. Ben and Devi are bullies to lovers. Devi snapped back at Ben every time he said something mean. As she should. Yes Devi said she wished the Nazi's would kill Ben. But she didn't mean any of it. She was held accountable and gave an apology and said she didn't mean it. It was something she blurted out in an outburst. Ben on the other hand is un apologetic as fuck. He intentionally gets the whole school to call her and her friends an unfuckable nerd. He intentionally told people she was faking her paralysis. He intentionally tricked Devi into getting a nose piercing. He was so proud of it. He never regretted it. He was never held accountable. He never apologized. He apparently fixed his parent issues as he said in season 2 episode 1. Yes he doesn't have friends.. why? I dunno probably because he's such a dick? Everyone comes at Paxton for making Devi do his home work or accidentally calling Devi 'crazy Devi' (something he regrets and corrected himself unlike Ben).. so are we supposed to ignore everything Ben has done? The Benvi fans came at Paxton for not using a heart eyes emoticon and praised Ben for using one. But they would shut up when Ben talks about his ex girlfriends boobs and her hand jobs WHILE asking Devi to be his girlfriend? They have the audacity to call Paxton a fuck boy? Saw one of the Daxton blogs mention this.. "In 1x08 Ben tries to kiss Devi TWICE. Even after she pulled away. Then 5 minutes after getting rejected TWICE he walks away to make out with his girlfriend after Devi fell in the pool. Fell in HIS pool. He could try to kiss her but not help her? Then again he jumps in another relationship and then complains about not being the 'chosen one' AFTER she shows up with another date.. When he has another girlfriend (Aneesa)." He walks away to make out with his girlfriend (Shira) when Devi falls in his pool but complains about Devi following Paxton at her party? Dude you tried to kiss her and then didn't help her when she fell in your pool. Okay yes everyone want's to come at Paxton since accidentally called Devi crazy. But Ben has been saying equivalent shit over the seasons. "Devi the only person you're seeing right now is your therapist because you straight up went psycho and couldn't walk for 3 months" in season 2 episode 9 Devi cries "...like my paralysis. If I'm not crazy how did I paralyze myself?" Season 1 Episode 1, Ben proudly calls her an unfuckable nerd and she cries about this to her dead dad. Quoting Devi "I just wanna be a normal teenager who isn't called mean names" Ben has been calling her mean names and NEVER been held accountable. I read an article where Jaren says something like how Ben has been building up feelings for Devi for so many years.. so Benvi is the typical if a guy makes fun of you.. he likes you bs. What confuses me the most is.. he was never mean to Aneesa? and I simply couldn't stand Ben yelling at Devi to apologize to Aneesa just so she'd stay back and he could date her... when he himself had got the whole school to call Devi an unfuckable nerd and went around telling she faked her paralysis and never apologized for it. Out of all this Ben calling Paxton a dick. I simply CAN NOT STAND IT. As you yourself have mentioned it before. Ben wanted revenge (tricking her into getting her nose pierced when he is well aware that her mom wouldn't aprove) because Devi cheated on him. Paxton didn't. He only made her do his home work because he thought Devi owed it to him because the cheating drama put his scholarship in jeopardy.
You’ve made SO MANY good points anon!
B*n never apologises when he’s done so much bad stuff. He’s criticised in passing by Fab whereas Paxton’s criticised by narrator Mcenroe (screw him btw), Fab, El, B*n (the lack of self-awareness, very white of him). The show encourages us to be critical of Paxton but B*n can do whatever. Where was Mcenroe when B*n egged Devi to get a piercing?? He had plenty to say about Paxton as a “fellow former jock” though. Some fans say he’s an unreliable narrator, giving writers too much credit. They butchered Paxton to level the romantic playing field (hurtful nickname, doesn’t apologise, changed his entire personality). They don’t care about him.
Paxton and B*n being held to different standards reeks of racism from fans and possibly the show. Paxton’s put under a microscope and everything he does is wilfully misconstrued. Unsurprisingly, the opposite goes for B*n. He does objectively hurtful things and his fans straight up pretend nothing happened lol. They cherry-pick scenes to pain him as a perfect angel, ignoring 95% of the show.
It’s 2021, a white boy bullying a Brown girl doesn’t mean he secretly likes her. It makes him a bully and I hate how it normalises Brown girls having to put up with racist white people for “true love.” They deserve better.
Paxton is x1000 better and he still said “Crazy Devi”. Looking guilty isn’t enough, he needs to apologise like in S1. Him taking her to prom doesn’t make this go away. Give me Paxton holding himself accountable. My bar for Paxton is higher than “well he’s better than B*n.” I want more for Paxton and Devi. The more I think about it, the less I like S2.
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