Thank you all for your responses to my article on The Nerdy Girl Express. As the writer as well as a WOC, I have loved Nikki Beharie’s portrayal as Abigail Mills since Day One of Sleepy Hollow and have expressed this on many occasions. Television needs strong African American role models. That being said, my article wasn’t a slight to Ms. Beharie or her character. It was a support of a television show’s right to tell their story as they see fit. Am I upset at the direction of the story and Abbie leaving? Absolutely yes. Will I stop watching the show because of it? No. Why? Because I base my viewing on the entire show. Tom Mison, Lyndie Greenwood have done fabulous jobs in their portrayals and I want to see them continue with their characters. And yes, I was also upset Zach Appelman departed as Joe Corbin. Janina should receive respect as a new cast member not any belittling because she is “replacing” Nikki Beharie on the show because she’s not. She’s creating an entirely new character and Nikki ‘s Abbie can’t be replaced. I want to see Janina’s take on a new character.
Being angry and upset is understandable. Name calling because of it is not. I’ve read comments on Twitter indicating that I am disrespecting WOC. What I found interesting was a particular comment that I was hired by the show for PR, which is absolutely untrue.
If my article indicated that anyone who is not watching Sleepy Hollow’s Season 4 was an idiot, yes, it would have deserved contempt and negative comments. But to imply that anyone who chooses to continue to support a show they loved is being disrespectful to a particular actress or any of the other negative comments I read is unbelievable. If the article is read as it was intended as a viewer expressing their feelings about a show instead of immediately jumping on the attack because I titled my article “Letter of Support”. As far as the article addressing the treatment of black characters, that was not what this article was about. Though, I can most certainly write an article about that at another time as well. Anyone who chooses not to support Sleepy Hollow is more than welcome but anyone who continues to support the show is not an idiot, stupid, disrespectful to black characters or any other negative phrase.
Last year, I posted an article about a fan appreciation project for Sleepy Hollow. The one person who responded was very happy about this and even emailed me on what Sleepy Hollow meant to her. Sadly, she was the only response (even though the article received multiple retweets) so I couldn’t post it.
As far as the issue of being blocked on Twitter by The Nerdy Girl Express, any one has a right to block anyone they choose. The Nerdy Girl Express blocked because they don’t tolerate hate. Constructive opinions are another thing. I am the writer and I have not blocked nor do I intend to block anyone commenting to this article. Will I go back and forth on Twitter responding to tweets about the show or writers’ treatment of black characters? No. I am not one of Sleepy Hollow’s writers and have never been in the writers room so I am learning the story lines same as any other viewer when they air.
To every fan angry and upset about the direction of Sleepy Hollow, your anger is understandable. Season 1 was my favorite season, some story lines in Season 2 had me shaking my head in frustration and Season 3 felt like an entirely different show. But I would never resort to name calling of the show’s creator or writers because of it. I wanted to respond as an intelligent viewer. I had hoped for the same respect for my article. But sadly, I got attacked because some readers chose to view me as a “traitor” to Nikki Beharie. I appreciate the class Nikki Beharie showed when she issued the statement below about her departure:
In an exclusive statement to TVLine, Beharie says, “Sleepy Hollow has been an incredible experience in every way. I loved playing Abbie. It’s been such a gift to have taken this wild ride… Alas, ‘Abbie Mills has done all she was meant to do.’ I’m excited about what the show has in store for us next. I’m rooting for my co-stars and crew… they have been my inspiration, my teachers, family, my friends, over the last few seasons. I want to thank the fantastic producers, writers, and directors who have worked tirelessly to bring this show to life. I want to thank Fox for their faith and support. But, most of all, [I want to thank the] Sleepyheads for all of your love – what an honor. I will never be the same. Stay tuned.”
I just hope that all Sleepy Hollow fans whether current or former can follow her example. Again, the views expressed here are mine as the writer of Sleepy Hollow article and not that of The Nerdy Girl Express.
Anyone who wants to comment to this, please feel free. My twitter is @stacyamiller85 . However, if you still insist on being nasty in your comment instead of asking your question in an intelligent way, I can choose not to respond.