Bonnie Bennett remains a fan favorite on The Vampire Diaries. Played by the versatile Kat Graham for eight seasons, Bonnie is a powerful witch on the show. Despite Graham’s smaller role than stars Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, and Nina Dobrev, the series’ fans still remember Bonnie as a strong yet highly underused character.
Some fans and critics believe certain showrunners were racist. That might lend some context as to why Bonnie’s character never received the same depth as the Salvatore brothers and their love triangle with Elena.
Bonnie experienced racism as a character, ‘The Vampire Diaries’ viewers say
Kat Graham during the 2022 Cannes Film Festival | Arnold Jerocki/GC Images
Fans have taken to Reddit to voice their opinions about how The Vampire Diaries showrunners treated Bonnie as a character in her eight-year run from 2009 to 2017.
First, there were her origins in Mystic Falls. Her ancestor, Emily Bennett (played by Bianca Lawson at first and Kat Graham in later episodes) was a handmaiden for Katherine Pierce in 1864 Mystic Falls. Although born in Massachusetts, Emily was powerful yet shown in a subservient role that Blacks had during that period in Virginia, some fans pointed out.
Still, fans complained Bonnie was always relegated to the “best friend” role and stepped in only when others needed assistance.
“The racism against Bonnie is 100% true,” one Reddit user wrote. “I love and adore Kat Graham, and they did her so dirty on the show. With all the times we had sit through Caroline singing, but not Bonnie. Bonnie was shoved to the back until they needed her witch skills to survive, and then she’s immediately shoved out of the way again.
“Her and Damon really becoming friends was so sweet, and I LOVED that storyline, and then it seemed like it was kinda just dropped? It really pissed me off. I thought we’d see more of Bonnie as a person, not just a tool to survive.”
What about Bonnie’s relationships?
Then there were Bonnie’s romances.
“Bonnie was done soo dirty for love interests,” one Redditor said. “I know Enzo treated her well, but I couldn’t help but feel the writers were just giving her Care’s seconds … like they clearly didn’t intend for him to be Bonnie’s when they first wrote him in as a Klaus replacement to be obsessed with Caroline.”
Of course, her one true love was Elena’s younger brother, Jeremy Gilbert. Then the writers found an elaborate way for them not to be together by seemingly killing Bonnie, leaving Jeremy to turn to alcohol to drown his sorrows. But Bonnie came back to life, only to tell Jeremy to forget about her because they could never be together.
Then there was the time she saved Matt in season 5. He became the sheriff of Mystic Falls in Legacies. But, alas, Bonnie was not there protecting the town.
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