So I’m reading Samcedes fic (as you do when you’re not a Glee fan, but really like a pairing), and I’m running into those “Shane’s abusive & Sam saves Mercedes” fics. And I’m…confused. Like, really really confused. Because I just read a fic where Shane is this near Machiavellian super villain (complete with spies all over the school) who verbally, physically, & sexually abuses Mercedes regularly. Regularly. In public & in private and yet…no one notices the bruises, the weight loss, the PTSD responses, or the flinching but Sam. Like, I am all in for a good cheesy romance. Really, I can even try to put aside the racial aspects of painting the black guy as the brutish villain for a second, but when your story hinges on everyone seeing her fading away while this dude bosses her around like a puppy & no one steps to Shane including Santana & her parents? Yeah…no.
Can’t suspend my disbelief that far. Now when Santana has cut motherfuckers down to size because she felt like it. Making Mercedes cry & hide & puke would have her calling cousins & buying shovels not sighing & shaking her head a lot. And that’s before we get to Mercedes’ parents who have always been spoken of as being loving & supportive & involved & protective. Her daddy would have shown Shane the error of his ways with the help of her uncles (and her mama, because let’s be honest I get the sense she has the kind of mother who will cut you up & feed you to something before she goes to get her hair done), the first time he noticed bruises on his baby’s arms. If you must write abuser Shane fic, can you at least put in the effort to make it semi believable? Please?
Let Shane be emotionally manipulative or whatever, I’ll even accept the idea that his friends tell him what they see Mercedes doing. But Mercedes is not going to be drifting through her days crying & shaking while everyone turns a blind eye to the bruises. Much less, spending most of her time convincing herself that a dude that treats her like a human blow up doll/punching bag loves her when he never actually shows her any real affection. The girl is conflicted between two decent guys, not between Satan & Sam. I mean damn, I don’t even watch the show regularly & I can see where the characterization in these fics is taking 976576585 left turns. Also, Sam is dyslexic. That doesn’t mean he can’t comprehend information, or that he isn’t skilled in other subjects like math or that he can’t learn in other ways so can we also stop writing stories where he’s about to graduate high school with the reading comprehension of a 3rd grader?