Why ‘The Bold Type’ Fans Aren’t Buying Katie Stevens’ Tweet Supporting Aisha Dee
Fans weren’t happy with the latest episode of the Freeform show, The Bold Type. That’s because Kat Edison did something that many are saying was out of character.
Aisha Dee released a statement showing she agreed. Katie Stevens, who plays Jane Sloan, showed her support but some people aren’t buying it.
Kat Edison connected with a very different woman on ‘The Bold Type’
Kat Edison isn’t the one to hold back when it comes to her political views. So it wasn’t surprising that she clashed with a conservative woman named Ava Rose (Alex Paxton-Beesley) in season 4.
Kat pushed herself to try to talk to someone with very different political views through Ava. She even decided to start a podcast and had her on as her first guest.
Their interactions were full of tension until Kat found out Ava is a lesbian while recording her podcast episode. The two end up hooking up, which shocked and angered many fans.
Aisha Dee said the story was out of character for Kat
Fans weren’t the only ones thrown off by Kat’s surprising attraction to Ava. Dee addressed it in a public statement she shared on Instagram. The statement read:
The decision to have Kat enter into a relationship with a privileged conservative woman felt confusing and out of character. Despite my personal feelings about the choice, I tried my best to tell the story with honesty, even though the Kat I know and love would never make these choices. It was heartbreaking to watch Kat’s story turn into a redemption story for someone else, someone who is complicit in the oppression of so many. Someone who’s politics are actively harmful to her communities.
I’m critical because I care, because I’ve seen firsthand the incredible impact of this show, and I believe in its potential to be better. The Bold Type has done so much good, but it struggles to understand the intersections many of its characters live in.Aisha Dee, Instagram
Many fans showed their support of Dee for speaking out about the writing of her character. One of her co-stars also joined in with supporting her.
Fans noticed Katie Stevens tweeted support of the new couple
Stevens tweeted to show support of Dee after her statement. “I stand proudly by my sister @aishadee. So proud of you. head to my instagram to see her beautiful letter,” she tweeted on July 16.
Fans were quick to point out Stevens’ previous tweet, which was showing support of the new pairing. “I love this episode because I think it’s so important to explore the different dynamics of love. Each one of these short stories are part of a MUCH larger story that we want to tell. just keep it in mind #TheBoldType,” Stevens tweeted on July 9.
One fan responded with, “I appreciate exploring different relationships dynamics but what we don’t need is for a Black bisexual woman to put her beliefs aside to date a republican. Republicans are stripping away our human rights. It’s bigger than a ‘difference of opinion.'”
Stevens then tweeted, “Totally hear you. We didn’t get the full season that we intended. But trust me that it’s part of a bigger story that we wish we could’ve told. But hoping for another season to continue.”
This is why fans aren’t buying her latest tweet. “Gurl, this you hyping up this storyline…from 6 days ago,” tweeted a fan.
“How are you gonna sit there and pretend you stand with your ‘sister’ when you were all too happy hyping up this problematic storyline a few days ago and trying to gaslight and silence people sharing valid criticism. Did you even read what Aisha wrote?” asked one fan.
Time will tell if Kat’s story will change. Dee called for more diversity in the writers room to address this issue and more.