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This is a bit of a risky post, but hear me out. I feel the taboo against discussion of politics could be unnecessary, because after all, political views form a very large part of how people think and exclusion of its discussion hides a large part of our interpretation of entertainment media.

The show itself is political, so in my opinion if we're not allowed to discuss it in relation to our own political thought, a lot of what we think about the show is omitted.

From early days I've been actively curious of the political background of the members here and how that influences what they think of elements of Supergirl CW. I hope this thread, if it doesn't get deleted, will be a non-judgemental place for people to share.

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My opinion is no less or more valid because I am a Libertarian, and I have made no such claim. Nor is it an "excuse."

In my past, I have been at times both a Democrat and Republican. Right now, by any reasonable definition, I am a Libertarian. I am registered to vote with the Libertarian Party. I pay yearly dues to my state and federal party. Though I do have certain disagreements with the party platform, I am very much for leaving people the heck alone to live their lives as they see fit, unless there is a compelling reason not to do so. It is my point of view, and people can certainly disagree with it. But I hold it as deeply as any dyed in the wool conservative or "social justice warrior" here.
LP you are correct in labeling yourself a Libertarian. My personal experience with people who label themselves as Libertarian has been very much like Kelly's. People who for whatever reason don't want to label themselves as Progressive, Left Wing, Conservative, Right Wing, Evangelical, atheist, ect. Be who you are and proud of it. Some of the best people I know don't think exactly as I do, they're good people because they listen and aren't afraid to change their mind when presented with a different point of view. Yes, I have changed my own point of view as a result of a discussion with a friend. I've also changed someone's mind, I think the key to that is my goal was a thoughtful discussion not changing their mind.

I do think it crosses a line to advocate for or against a particular candidate as Supergirl the show has. It is my opinion that characters like Superman, Captain America, and the like--those who more openly stand for ideals--should not be portrayed as partisan in that way. It takes away from the unifying power of the characters (by that I mean in the real world, not the fictional one), by hitching their ideals to very, very flawed people.
The only character who's named dropped real people or even a US political party is Cat. It’s fascinating to me that Cat is the most overtly political character to appear on the show yet she’s universally loved. I don’t believe for a second that if Calista had agreed to move the character would’ve become less political. I can’t help but wonder if part of why Cat is still loved to spite being so political is because at least in the US the most extreme polarization happened after she left. In other words would Cat telling Kara to make sure a job applicant was a Democrat be seen the same way now as it was in late 2015 to early 2016. There've been two President's on the show both presumably Democrats and we only know/think that because of Cat. We know President Marsden was a Democrat because Cat said so and being her VP we can assume President Baker was too. I didn't see Marsden as Hilary Clinton anymore than I saw Baker as Trump.

I think a big reason why some of what Supergirl depicts is labeled political is because in the US things have become so polarized that ideals that shouldn't be politized have become so. Look at how wearing a mask has become a defacto statement of political alignment instead if showing you care about the health of others and yourself. If Kara's ideals stem from her motto I would argue that at this time in history in the US those ideals are in alignment with one party much more so than the other. The man who beat Yvette because she's transgender was to most people's minds a criminal but recently the US Supreme court was asked to rule if LGBTQ people could be discriminated against in the workplace. The only reason that question was even brought up was because discrimination based on sexual orientation is supported by some vocal people in the Republican party while the Democratic party in it's platform is against it. That Kara would be against any type of discrimination would fit with her ideals but some viewers might associate the man who beat up Yvette with the Republican party because right now that association isn't totally incorrect. I would argue that Ben Lockwood's/Agent Liberty's nativist ideas would go against Kara's ideals. At this time there are people in the Republican party who describe themselves as nativists I haven't heard a member of the Democratic party describe themselves as nativist. If a Democrat said/did something that ran counter to Kara's ideals it should be fair game.

Kara has been shown as a unifying figure. Her “hope” speeches are the definition of unifying. In S4E2 she told the protesters on both sides to listen to each other. In that same episode she gave a speech backing the new President. Part of the reason she did that was to spite her personal feelings and public backing of President Marsden she thought it was important to show private and public support for Baker because Kara’s default is you are good unless and until you do bad things. Heck even if you do bad things Kara will believe you can change. Kara is mindful that to many Supergirl is a representative of all aliens, that’s why she was at first hesitant to attend the protest Brainy organized and why she didn’t march as Supergirl.
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One thing I would however like for people to stop using as an excuse to somehow make their opinion more valid is to call themselves Independents or Libertarians, far too many really need to look at the true definitions of those politically labels.

My opinion is no less or more valid because I am a Libertarian, and I have made no such claim. Nor is it an "excuse."

In my past, I have been at times both a Democrat and Republican. Right now, by any reasonable definition, I am a Libertarian. I am registered to vote with the Libertarian Party. I pay yearly dues to my state and federal party. Though I do have certain disagreements with the party platform, I am very much for leaving people the heck alone to live their lives as they see fit, unless there is a compelling reason not to do so. It is my point of view, and people can certainly disagree with it. But I hold it as deeply as any dyed in the wool conservative or "social justice warrior" here.

Regarding political issues in comics, there is indeed a rich history of presenting social issues, like advocating for the rights of those who suffer discrimination. To the extent that Supergirl does this, I approve--with the caveats I mentioned previously.

I do think it crosses a line to advocate for or against a particular candidate as Supergirl the show has. It is my opinion that characters like Superman, Captain America, and the like--those who more openly stand for ideals--should not be portrayed as partisan in that way. It takes away from the unifying power of the characters (by that I mean in the real world, not the fictional one), by hitching their ideals to very, very flawed people.
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Comic books were used early on to push back against Fascism. The Fantastic Four comicbooks have been used in college classrooms for decades to give an excellent example of the history of Women's Rights in this country. I have never understood why people get so bent out of shape with this series. I am a religious watcher of "Last Man Standing" where the main character is blatantly a Neo-Conservstive, right wing character. The show is funny, well written and I enjoy it even though my political views are far different. If the episode is well written, continues the story, I don't see the problem.
There is an episode in Season 2 where one of the writers was leaving the show and a going away gift was her writing an episode on gun control. The episode was over the top, even for me a proud SJW, and did not further the story at all. I watched the episode one more time, just to make sure I wasn't over reacting...and I have not watched it since then. I actually agreed with 90% of what was said in the episode, however it did not fit well with the storyline and they ended up having to fix it later on in episodes the next season.

So my thoughts are this, there are shows out there that I do not like, so I change the channel and find something else to watch.

Stargirlmay be a better fit for some, and that's cool. But if it follows the central characters core beliefs and furthers the plot, more power to it. If it doesn't then I will respectfully let the writer's know my thoughts. One thing I would however like for people to stop using as an excuse to somehow make their opinion more valid is to call themselves Independents or Libertarians, far too many really need to look at the true definitions of those politically labels. If you are a Conservative, Right Wing, Evangelical......say it! I'm a Social Justice Warrior, lover of the Environment Pacifist.....be proud of who you are, listen to all opinions, and if the show really bothers you because of its politics, change the channel. It's all good. You Do You! And be Happy!?
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It is true that this site, and the Forum, are supposed to keep just to matters pertaining directly to the "Supergirl" TV show, but the disclaimer at the head of this Forum topic is clear enough that this is a one-off divergence from that policy. And the topic is motivated by how the show itself approaches political issues so, if I may, I'd like to contribute yet another international perspective on this topic.
In Canada, where we have the Parliamentary system of government, we have at least four different political parties to choose from nationally, and this means that the "us versus them" mentality results in a multiple choice prospect for voters, rather than the 'either/or' choice of a two-party-only system.
To help Americans on this site further gain an idea of where most Canadians generally stand with their political views; after our last federal election in October of 2019, just under 35% of voters cast ballots for parties that were on the right side of the political spectrum, and the remaining 65+% voted for candidates and parties on the left side. Thus, most Canadians tend to lean more towards the political left by a margin of almost two to one; a much greater division than the closer margins of political loyalties in the U.S.
As for myself; full disclaimer here: I do not have a loyalty to any particular party, and since voting in my first election when I was 19 (the legal voting age back then), I have voted for every major party at one time or another. However, I have been a clearly left-of-centre voter for so many years now that I can't remember the last time that I voted for anyone on the right side of politics (25-30 years, if I had to guess).
So, with that political-science lesson concluded, and any readers having labeled me however they want to according to their own views on the subject, here is how I view politics on "Supergirl":
Simply put; I wish they wouldn't get so bogged down with doing that because, while TV shows have every right to reflect what is going on in the real world, that shouldn't lower them to the level of degrading the entertainment value of their shows to accomplish that. It's one thing to reflect real-life events in a subtle or low-key way; it's another thing entirely to get up on the soap box and become preachy about it at the expense of the story-lines.
I never saw Season Two as being political to any great extent, and saw the anti-alien nature of Cadmus and Lillian Luthor as more of a personal prejudice and human-rights issue than a purely political one.
Similarly, and with the occasional comments already noted by other contributors to this topic, I didn't see anything overtly political about Season Three either.
Season Four, however, was so blatantly political that it was disappointing to watch at times.
I have never had a problem with any TV show taking an open-minded approach to things like human-rights issues; and, because of that, I have always admired Kara for standing up for women's issues, both at CatCo and elsewhere. I also enjoyed seeing Alex's relationship with Maggie three years ago, and her growing romance with Kelly now. Similarly, I also enjoyed the "Reality Bytes" episode, because - with Melissa needing time away from the camera and her characters on the show to prepare for directing the episode that followed - it was a really good opportunity to get a very important issue out into the open, and to give Nicole a wonderful chance to get into a reality that she and guest star Roxy Wood have undoubtedly had years of personal experience with.
I also don't have any problems with the actors, or anyone else connected with any show, or any celebrity of any kind, speaking out publicly about any important issue that deserves to be spoken of; and we all know that there are so many deserving issues that need to be talked about and moved forward with right now, more than ever before.
But there is a huge difference between an individual doing that, and a TV show hijacking what should be entertainment to pursue political agendas. True, Kara is an American, and National City is in California, USA; but the 'Supergirl' TV show is aired in many other countries around the world, where America's politics are of far less direct impact to those viewers than they are to people in the States.
The concept of "good vs evil" is intrinsic to all superhero stories; but when this is reduced to "right vs wrong", and further becomes confused with "right vs left" then, as left-leaning as I am personally, I believe that a show that can't tell the difference is in bigger trouble than it should be.
Going forward; with all of the other avenues that are available for people to express themselves on current issues of any kind, it would be really nice to see the show-runners of 'Supergirl' get back to being more entertaining. When I want news, I listen to, read, or watch the news (from Canadian news outlets, BTW); when I want to know what other people are thinking about the news, or current events and issues (which I do quite often), I look to various sources of opinion, such as editorials, personal commentaries, and social media sites; but when I just want entertainment and escapism, I watch TV shows. Is that too much to ask for?
As usual with many topics on the Forum, there has been a really nice diversity of opinions expressed on this topic so far, and the also-usual respect for those opinions too. I look forward to hearing what more contributors have to say on this issue too.
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I'm a Conservative (a Canadian one though). Quite active in politics. For the most part, I can ignore the political messaging in Supergirl. It helps that a lot of the political messaging is about things most Canadians agree with. For instance, I'd say most Canadians support LGBTQ rights, even though some American conservatives (and fewer Canadian conservatives) may disagree.

The times I do have an issue with the political messaging is when it's an obvious jab at Trump, or at Republicans/conservatives. For example, Rhea's line in season 2 of "Make Daxam Great Again" really irked me off. It was unnecessary and a pretty cheap shot. I also didn't like that scene in season 3 when Maggie's father talks about Trump's border wall. Again, it was oversimplified and unnecessary. There's a few others I can't think of right now.

Again, overall, it's not too bad. I guess I'm just used to ignoring liberal bias in media (which includes TV shows). SG is far from the worst imo.

Edit: I should add that I've only seen the first 3 seasons so far, so this doesn't account for seasons 4 and 5.

Edit 2: I forgot the whole gun control thing in the episode Not Kansas near the end of season 3. That was bad.
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Since I appear to have opened this can of worms.... It’s my understanding that comic books are often political and from the beginning Superman comics have been. Fantasy TV also has a history of incorporating politics and social issues. Anyone who doesn’t like politics in their comic-based TV shows should stay far away from Black Lightning, if you think Supergirl’s political that show would break you. I would say that politics have been part of Supergirl since the beginning. In the first season it was mostly quips from Cat. I seem to remember Cat instructing Kara to make sure a job applicant was a Democrat. And who can forget in season two upon learning the President was an alien Cat’s first words were “At least tell me you’re still a Democrat”. Yet the unabashedly political character, Cat Grant is almost universally loved by fans. When things fit with the characters, I think the show has had successes with incorporating politics and social issues. I thought the season four theme worked for a show where the main character is a literal alien. IMO Nia/Dreamer’s transness has been handled well, it’s a big part of who she is but not all she is. To me “Reality Bytes” was telling truths that should be told and fit in with the characters. I also thought the scene where James describes getting handcuffed as a small boy was appropriate and since it drew on Mehcad’s IRL experience was another truth that needs to be told. Alex’s coming out story has been widely praised. Has the show always done a good job fitting in social issues, that’s a no. I’m pro gun control but the shows attempt didn’t work and I think that’s because it had no context within the characters. Bottom line if politics or a social issue fits in naturally with a character then it can and has worked.

As to the question do our political views effect how we view the show, IMO yes. I’m socially liberal for sure. I don’t know how I would describe myself fiscally. I believe in people over profits but think business should be able to make a profit. Business that treat their people well often find their profits increasing as a result, so the two things aren’t mutually exclusive. I think Citizens United needs to be overturned, business are not people and should have strict limits on political contributions and thus their influence. Where I think an individual’s, political views effect their perception of the show is their general I guess tolerance is best word for political and/or social issues in fantasy TV. Of course, whether you agree with what’s being said plays a big part too.

Should politics be kept out of the forum (The News Feed should remain a no politics zone), my actions are my answer. We’ve had political forum threads before, didn’t we talk about Meilssa’s participation in the Washington DC women’s march in 2017. With much respect in the forum users make a deliberate choice to read a thread. There are threads on topics I’m not interested in, Stargirl and re-watching season one, to name current ones and I leave those interested to their fun. I propose that all threads of a political nature be clearly titled as such and political commentary be confined to those threads. I agree that the inspiration for a thread of a political nature must come from something on the show itself and/or a public statement made by a cast member or EP.
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I do agree season 5 was less weighted by "social message" than season 4. Although, to be honest, I found season 4 overall better, as a whole. I found season 5 the most overall uneven to-date (50/50, maybe 1/3 at the B+ or higher level). But, thats just my opinion.

My season rankings, as a whole, would probably be 1, 2, 4, 3 & 5. Tomorrow, it may different... lol!

You are correct, season 5 did pull back. I think that was also quite true with Reality Bytes, arguably the most "socially conscious" of season 5, which addressed hate crimes against the LGBTQ (speficallyTrans) community. That was a story I am glad they told and it gave Nicole Maines a powerful showcase. They gave two stories in that episode in what I suspect was an attempt to satisfy all or most fans/viewers. Again, I think the main complaint that I recall reading on the comment board was that the episode was too Kara/Supergirl-lite. So, I feel it was successful. Others are free to disagree.

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I would probably say Supergirl is pro-female empowerment as opposed to feminist. Again, just my personal terminology and not trying to pick any nits. The show is about the Maiden of Might, Kara Zor-el, Supergirl! You can't get more empowered than Supergirl... ok, and Wonder Woman... so psyched for 1984!

Everyone has different views and priorities. I have enjoyed reading them.
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Don't mean to come off the wrong way. This is indeed inspired by the exchange on Brierrose's post, but I wasn't thinking of you when I made it. I've been wondering about this topic since 2016.

I don't enforce you to read my content, so if you don't like it, I would appreciate if you would not specifically come here to disparage it. Others have participated quite readily so it seems my idea wasn't too crazy.

Also it seems most here actually agree with your last paragraph, which incidentally answers my survey in a way. So, uh, thanks for participating
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I am a liberal. I love the show because:
1. It stresses morals
2. It stresses inclusiveness of all (diversity)
3. Shows adopted children that blood is not the only thing that makes a family (i.e Kara Danvers)
4. Shows the importance of friends.
5. Shows that you have to sometimes fight for something you know is right.
6. Love makes the world go around.

I love that this show stresses all of the aforementioned values not just through the show but also through the actors. They practice what they preach. I will always love this show and will watch it until Melissa decides it is time to end it.
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Thank you to everyone for participating in this. I very much enjoyed the insights gained.

I'm a socialist (similar to Bernie Sanders, maybe slightly more left). As socialists pioneered many of the socially-left concepts liberals support, I'm in agreement with many of the show's standpoints when it comes to feminism or LGBT etc. That being said, the show is so overt sometimes it's cringe for even those who agree, and probably detracts from its message. Some problems I have is with the show's occasional glorification of corporations, corporate media, and the rich as role-models like Cat Grant.

Additionally, as Romulus pointed out, sometimes the show is less "liberal" and more pro-Democrat. I personally don't view the establishment side of the Democratic party as genuinely left-wing. In 2016 the show was essentially recycling content from the Clinton campaign.

I reckon the show can express values without being partisan, which it has gotten better in that regards generally. Additionally, it should work towards expressing such values in a more natural way (for example, Kara's line to Deegan in Else-worlds "too scared to be a woman" made no sense in the context)
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Quoting superbill: "The show's liberal slant doesn't bother me, although I agree there have been times (relatively few, IMO) where it has been overbearing. But you're right, it is integral to who Kara is, and I hope we never lose that. I think the show wants to be both entertaining and take a stand on issues of the day, and I think that will make it more impactful and memorable in the long view, especially to its younger audience."

Yes, and what many viewers who are not US residents may not understand is that we're talking, to a large extent, about demographics and geography here. The CW's programming was originally targeted at women in the 18-34 age group, which is the demographic that Kara (and in real life, Melissa) is in. This demographic leans strongly Democratic and more often than not, on the liberal or "progressive" side. If you are not a US citizen, you may not be aware that there is a very large political "gender gap" in this country. In polling, young women consistently favor Democratic candidates over their Republican counterparts by about 20 percentage points, which is a considerably larger disparity than that of their male counterparts. On top of that, Kara is depicted as a resident of California, probably the most politically liberal state overall in the country (with the possible exception of Massachusetts). So I would certainly expect Kara to favor liberal politicians, and to support the Democratic party.

Since the inception of the CW superhero shows (the Arrowverse), the network's audience has gained more male viewers. But its viewership still skews to the younger - and politically more liberal - side of the spectrum.

So I mostly agree with superbill, including the part about the liberal slant sometimes becoming overbearing (also ham-handed in its execution, in my opinion).

I am also pretty much where superbill is politically myself, but it seems that I have come to it from the opposite direction. I was a registered Democrat and more liberal when I was younger. Later on, I became more pragmatic, and realized that I didn't necessarily support some of the positions of the Democratic party anymore So I became an independent voter.
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I'm a left wing bleeding heart Liberal that worships political correctness! ;) Years ago I was labeled a Reagan Democrat but now I consider myself an independent. I grew up with a politically active family so I know politics and have concluded that both sides suck.
I watch the show for entertainment and not for political bias that's dumped on the viewer almost every week. It should not be the show's objective to push their personal political agenda. If you want to tell the truth then make them laugh otherwise they will kill you. Don't hit us over the head with your political BS. You have young people watching and it's irresponsible and unfair to only show one side of any issue.
Moving forward I hope for better plots and more action and fun and less political stuff.

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Fed, I am glad you are doing this. I call myself a "Conservatarian." The word doesn't exist I know, but it's a mix of Conservative and Libertarian, think Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. Socially I am conservative but at the same time I don't want government or someone telling me how to live my life. Fiscally, I am a free market capitalist who doesn't want money wasted. I will call out the D's because they have gone over the edge, but some R's want wars at all costs and some are still willing to work with the D's.

For me, this past season has been for the most part not so much SJW-driven, except for Reality Bytes.

But yet at the same time I feel this had in the dangers of computers and social media, the writers may have been checking out Infowars, which has warned of the dangers of internet 5-G technology saying it can kill by weakening the immune system. By the way, I abhor the term Conspiracy Theory, which comes from those not willing to know the truth about JFK's assassination.

The same goes with major social media giants, like Facebook and Twitter, wanting to silence those who don't think like they do. That is totalitarianism the Chinese Communist Party loves as they have a stake in big tech and Hollywood. I am not on those anymore, but I am on more freedom loving sites like Parler and Gab.

During season 4 except for Midvale, I feel that season went off the deep end in terms of woke politics. I mean Agent Liberty to me was a smear at talk radio hosts like Alex Jones and the Children of Liberty more behaved like Antifa.

But this goes back to season 1, when Cat called a male business executive an example of white privilege. That was a cringe moment as to me that term is a cover-up for the Democrats terrible history on race, which I would get to, but it would take a long time.

Sometimes I think Supergirl get a bit bogged down by the weight of its social messages and could lighten up a bit.


Again CatPat in season 5 it for the most part went for adventure. There were moments when the show was going to go there, only to put the brakes on it.

As it pertains to the show, I am not a fan of the PTB and writers injecting obvious U.S. Democrat Party ideology into the show. I would prefer if they did so subtly rather than blatantly as has been the case from Seasons 2 through 5, especially Season 4 (which was very off-putting for a good section of the core viewership). Likewise, I am not a fan of current Republican ideology and its variations.


Rom, I suggest they not do it at all come season 6, like say so far Stargirl. But given recent events, and some of Melissa and Chris' social media postings, that may not only be unlikely, but also signal a return to season 4 form. And that is "Supergirl's ultimate kryptonite." Although, given how the show might not return until next spring or summer, having to write about an election that may have already taken place is a bit of a moot point.

And there are those Republicans like a certain Utah senator who grinds my gears as well as a few members of the last GOP presidency who think wars can solve things, not to mention elites like William Kristol and George Will.

I also do not trust most mainstream media, and that includes Fox News given their shift in news direction, though their prime time shows are solid. You'll find me more on sites like the aforementioned Infowars and Breitbart, which has mentioned Supergirl in a couple of articles from a few years ago. I will also be watching YouTube videos from One America News as mu monopoly cable outlet won't carry OAN. The likes of CNN, et al don't matter to me anymore.
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Quoting Romulus: "I'd consider myself a conservative liberal (yes, it's an oxymoron if there ever was one). I support general liberal ideas but as I age, I also wish to conserve what I have or believe in."

I'm with you there, and frankly I think this describes the great majority of people; liberal on some issues, conservative on others. It's the true ideologues (including some politicians) who screw things up. I am generally (and increasingly) liberal, but consider myself an independent, more interested in which candidate is the most qualified person for the job rather than who adheres to any specific doctrine.

Quoting CatPat: "So, while I would never want Supergirl to totally abandon its progressive social conscience, as that truly defines Kara, I wouldn't mind if it played for straight fun superhero action a little more frequently."

The show's liberal slant doesn't bother me, although I agree there have been times (relatively few, IMO) where it has been overbearing. But you're right, it is integral to who Kara is, and I hope we never lose that. I think the show wants to be both entertaining and take a stand on issues of the day, and I think that will make it more impactful and memorable in the long view, especially to its younger audience.

Lastly, I think it is worth a try to allow some political discussion in the Forum, provided that the topic is one directly raised in the show or, as is the case currently, concerning a public statement by a cast member(s). If it goes off the rails, admin can always pull the plug. I understand that there are those who do not want this to be allowed, but that elevates their opinion over those who do. And while it is true that there are online sites solely focused on political issues, they are often toxic shouting matches. On this site we have a group of people who are almost like a family in many respects, and I think the tone would be much more respectful and safe. So if we agree to disagree while keeping the discussion civil and non-judgmental I think it would provide another interesting angle for discussing the show. We may even learn something!
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I'm a libertarian in the mold of a classic liberal. In general, I favor individual freedoms, a government limited in scope (but strong within that scope), and rules equally applied to all. This frequently puts me at odds with both major US parties.

I have a pretty high tolerance for political views that differ from mine, as long as the end product in entertaining ,and if it is insightful or gives me a perspective I had not considered before, so much the better.

In theory, I agree with several social stances Supergirl the show takes. For instance, I strongly agree with the ideas of tolerance and strength in diversity.

In practice, I find many issues are tackled with strawman arguments, tortured analogies, and woeful oversimplification. Worse, the ideas often seem to take precedence over story and character, rather than flowing from them.

I'm also unsure who the message is aimed at. It's far too condescending in tone to change anyone's mind--and is entirely self-evident to like minded people.

In the context of the show, less is always more. If they would go back to the playful poke and jab of Season 1 rather than the sledgehammer approach seen in later seasons, the show would be more attractive to a larger viewership base. Poking fun at one party or another in jest is fine, but when it becomes a blatant ridicule agenda for all to see, it become very tiring and trying on even the casual viewer's patience.

I loved most of Cat's Season 1 zingers. :D Being such a partisan was organic and integral to her character, it was just a given.
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I am a mix of fiscal conservative and progressive/liberal ideology.

Sometimes I think Supergirls get a bit bogged down by the weight of its social messages and could lighten up a bit. But, it actually bothers me more that it bothers others to such an extreme degree.

To use an example, I personally did not feel the Dreamer episode Reality Bites was that heavy handed. I thought the show balanced it with a secondary story involving Alex's investigation into VR. I felt if you did not like one, you probably liked the other. I thought this was a good story to tell and to be told through Dreamer was the way to go. Plus, I love Dreamer's roommate. Others felt differently, but I think the main complaint by many was that it was a Supergirl-lite episode.

At the end of the day, many just want to escape the news and be entertained by a good action, super hero hour. So, while I would never want Supergirl to totally abandon its progressive social conscience, as that truly defines Kara, I wouldn't mind if it played for straight fun superhero action a little more frequently.
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I'd consider myself a conservative liberal (yes, it's an oxymoron if there ever was one). I support general liberal ideas but as I age, I also wish to conserve what I have or believe in. I could never really be a full conservative as I find that brand of ideology / politics to be too narrow and self-focused. Note: I am applying this to the Canadian context rather than the U.S. one since I am not a U.S. resident.

As it pertains to the show, I am not a fan of the PTB and writers injecting obvious U.S. Democrat Party ideology into the show. I would prefer if they did so subtly rather than blatantly as has been the case from Seasons 2 through 5, especially Season 4 (which was very off-putting for a good section of the core viewership). Likewise, I am not a fan of current Republican ideology and its variations.

In the context of the show, less is always more. If they would go back to the playful poke and jab of Season 1 rather than the sledgehammer approach seen in later seasons, the show would be more attractive to a larger viewership base. Poking fun at one party or another in jest is fine, but when it becomes a blatant ridicule agenda for all to see, it become very tiring and trying on even the casual viewer's patience.
"Dance Of The Clairvoyants" - Pearl Jam, from the CD/LP/Download Gigaton. (2020)
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