Yesterday I saw posts on Facebook wishing the Power Rangers franchise’s Pua Magasiva a happy late birthday… you know, the Red Ranger from Ninja Storm. (I’ll get to watching more seasons, I swear.)
For those of you who don’t already know, the actor behind Ninja Storm‘s Red Ranger committed suicide as a result of his domestic violence convictions becoming public knowledge, as the name suppression order he’d wanted to keep on them expired and the judge overseeing the case refused to renew it. This happened in 2019, and every year since then Power Rangers fans have wished him a happy birthday each year when his birthday rolls around. I don’t feel like celebrating anything that has to do with him as much as I feel like forgetting about him, and letting him remain forgotten, due to being a domestic violence survivor. This is, and always has been, different from the tragic circumstances surrounding Jason David Frank’s death. I’ll get around to watching Ninja Storm, but I really do not want to hear about Pua Magasiva in a positive light.