He literally put himself, a pirate, in the position of “friend of the crown” in order to have Stede killed and take ownership of Ed. He has literally provided service to the King!! So yeah. He chose the crown over Ed.
And while we’re here cause this next comment from a different user relates to this:
He “chose Ed” without Ed’s consent or agreement. As Ed says, “he sold us out”. He didn’t want what Ed chose for him. And “getting Ed back” was done in a way that makes Ed, an indigenous man, his property.
He’s in Izzy’s custody. Custody is defined the following ways:
“The control and care of a person or property, especially when granted by a court: an adult who was given custody of the child. 2. The state of being detained or held under guard, especially by the police: took the robbery suspect into custody.”
It’s not about a loving and caring relationship and it’s certainly not about an equal relationship. It’s about a man going to the British Navy, who absolutely have the power to kill and/or enslave Ed and saying “I’ll give you these two gay pirates, one of whom is an indigenous man, and you can kill one if you give me the one (who is indigenous) as a reward for helping you. He is being given as property as a reward for service to the Crown.
Suggesting that Izzy’s actions with the Navy are in anyway romantic, or done for Ed, is ignorant and it is ignoring (or, worse romanticizing) a storyline that is showing the racist and homophobic power dynamics in Ed and Izzy’s really unhealthy relationship.
I think it’s really important to acknowledge the truth of Izzy’s actions and views on Ed and their relationship. Not for any ship reasons. But because this is representative of how indigenous people have been viewed by white people throughout history including today. And the way we talk about these things are not done in a vacuum.
Yes izzy is attracted to men including Ed
No he has not and will not ever fuck a man. He hates gay people and he hates the part of himself that is in love with Ed. That’s the root of most of his violence and revulsion toward Ed and Stede.
Izzy is a miserable self loathing violent homophobe and racist who would choose the crown over a man he loves because he’s so disgusted by that love while also seeing it as the better of the two choices (him or Stede with Ed) because with him and Ed as a pair there is no sex and no joy. They are punished for their queerness as he thinks they should be.
there are always people in fandom that lack media literacy but sometimes it’s just ridiculous how people don’t understand the concept of nuance. when someone tells you that a villain has traits that can be perceived as bigoted, please listen. it is not an attack on you for liking this character. villains are often well written characters so it’s understandable, but you can enjoy things critically. your morality isn’t based on the characters you like nor is it based on the media you consume. if you feel personally victimized by fandom discussion about a VILLAIN then like…grow some brain cells or something idk at this point
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