Something has been bothering me, lately. I've come to an ethical decision that I do not wish to make but feel I must for the sake of a dead friend. It has been weighing on my mind for months and I can't reconcile it.
As many of my local friends know, a couple of years ago, Benjamin Paul Matheny committed suicide because his then-girlfriend, Megan Kennedy, perpetually nagged, abused, and demeaned him. She slept all day (claiming she had Crohn's Disease--yeah, I've got Crohn's disease and you don't fall asleep in a bout of it) and refused to work. She would leave post-its all over their apartment telling Ben to take out the trash, do the dishes, get a better job, buy her drugs (which is why she really slept all day,) etc. A lot of those post-it notes were simply cruel: "You didn't do this right!!! You're stupid!!!!" or "Can't you smell this trash? What's wrong with you? TAKE IT OUT NOW!!!!" His suicide happened after she slapped him because he turned his phone off for an hour to escape her constant control-freak calls.
Ben was nagged to death. Megan Kennedy--still on the Calhoun County Sheriff's most wanted list, by the way--nagged my friend into suicide.
So what's the ethical decision I've made? It's simple: I will not suffer anyone to physically or verbally abuse another person, regardless of gender. I will not suffer a television show which promotes physical and verbal abuse based on gender. So...
I'm giving up Doctor Who.
Quite simply put, I am sick of Amy Pond calling the Doctor and her husband abusive names, demeaning them, insulting them. Amy Pond returns snarky hatred for the love she receives from the men in her life and it's unacceptable.
I am sick of Clara Oswald physically assaulting the Doctor. I'm tired of her slapping him.
I am tired of female companions nagging and abusing the Doctor as my friend was nagged and abused.
So for the sake of my former friend, adieu Doctor Who. I will not tolerate domestic violence against men. It's an epidemic nobody talks about and it killed my friend. Not cool, BBC. Not cool at all.