remember that naive period when the mlp obsession seemed weird but all-in-good-fun, before bronies swept the nation as the horrifying cultural phenomenon they now are
"maybe the wider than expected demographic appeal of my little pony is a bellwether for the destigmatization of femininity" — me, in 2011, being the most wrong about anything i’ve ever been in my entire life
honestly, i dont know why i made this.
i mean i do but
I empathize with your frustration over worn-out tropes. I really do. I also haven’t enjoyed the proliferation of Adventure Time clones. I think they’re boring (reason: they are boring).
I see where you might say, why is this any more original than what it purportedly stands against? You might question the motives of people designing these characters. Are these people really creating characters, or are these creations merely symbols of an immature political ideology? I get that. These characters aren’t somehow above criticism, either as tools for good storytelling, or vehicles of social responsibility.
That said, I can’t see why, out of all the things one could “call out” to shit on, this was it. Consider these possibilities, alone or combined:
- Some white person made this character in order to actively deflect accusations of excluding others, and to gain credibility with their peers.
- Some white person made this character because they like Pen Ward stuff, and felt this character was a good fit for their cast.
- A white person made this character because they felt that it is important to convey that white is not synonymous with default.
- A person who is not white made this character because they felt that it is important to convey that white is not synonymous with default.
- A person who is not white made this character because they like Pen Ward stuff, and felt this character was a good fit for their cast.
- A person who is not white made this character because they feel like popular media pretends people like them, don’t exist.
- A person who is not white made this character to piss off white people.
And then, just push it all right out your ear, because collectively, it doesn’t matter. It can be frustrating to see people doing the same thing over and over again, and patting themselves (and each other) on the back for it, but that’s if you look at it from way, way too close up. Zoom out a lot. This is a big picture thing.
No matter what the shallow, self-absorbed, social-climbing, industrious, brave, determined, callous, cynical, idealistic, immature, or visionary reasons the individual may have for creating a character that pointedly deviates from “white male as default”, the collective result is that people are progressively made aware that white males are not the default. The idea may not seem new to you, given that you have your microscope trained on a part of the internet that is rather specifically invested in this sort of thing. Myopia makes this seem more all-encompassing than it really is - out there in the rest of the Western world, media representation is still overwhelmingly white, and tailored to the sensibilities of men. Pull back a little bit, let the assumptions about people’s personal motivations slide (I have a hard time with this too, but let’s face it: a lot of good things have happened both despite and because of people with selfish motives), and it’s easier to see that ultimately, the “punk chunky brown girl” is a good thing.
My [scattered] thoughts on Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer. This was originally just a defence of the film’s ending—which I’ve seen widely criticised—because I think it’s brilliant and necessary and worth defending. But… then there’s everything else.
[major spoilers, of course]
“Okay, so there’s Mr. Pibb, and then there’s Pibb Xtra, right?”
“No, actually. Mr. Pibb was effectively removed from circulation, and now it’s just Pibb Xtra.”
“Okay, back in 2012, they just stopped calling it Mr. Pibb.”
“Okay. That’s nonsense, but okay.”
“And then they just started calling it Pibb Xtra.”
“Even though that sounds like an additional flavor, a different kind of Pibb…”
“Instead of just regular Pibb.”
“Why’d they do that?”
“Well in 2001, they added more cinnamon to the formula, which made Pibb Xtra.”
“And then eventually they just stopped calling it Mr. Pibb.”
“I still don’t get why they didn’t keep… regular Mr. Pibb, as well as Pibb Xtra. I mean it’s Coke, they make billions, they can afford to keep both of them on the market, right?”
“I guess they figured they didn’t wanna compete too much with Dr. Pepper?”
“Even though they compete directly with Pepsi.”
“Why do you know so much trivia about Mr. Pibb anyway?”
I breathed out, releasing and then regripping my fingers around the PS2 controller.
“Look, let’s just get back to playing Metal Gear, okay?”
Q:Regarding romances with companions in Dragon Age 2, was it honestly your intent to make everybody bisexual? I personally never interpreted it this way. I figured that just how choosing your skin tone at character generation adjusted that or the other Hawkes, or how your class choice decides which sibling survives, that choosing Hawke to be male creates a universe in which Anders is gay, else the game takes place in a universe in which he's straight. Was that not the intent?
We wrote them as bisexual, yes, and that was our intention from the outset of DA2. Some of the characters (such as Merrill) don’t discuss their sexuality, and thus it’s left ambiguous and open to interpretation by the player… but keep in mind that interpretation doesn’t change their sexuality. Just because you’re romancing Merrill with a male PC, for instance, doesn’t mean she’s straight, it just means you’re not exposed to another side of her character in that playthrough.
Could you stop this? We aren’t the idiots you’re looking for. We all played and heard the conversations. Isabela is Bi, Fenris could be; everyone else has their sexuality on a toggle. Merrill, if not romanced by f!Hawke will mention that she can’t even imagine lesbian sex. Anders will only allude to any attraction to men unless you play m!Hawke.
Making the characters playersexual, not bisexual, was the decision you made; and while slightly disrespectful of a choice it’s the one you made. Own it. We’ve all seen the game, we all know this claim is rather bs.
Stop trying to claim it was something else this late after; it just makes it seem like you have no respect for your fans
I’m telling you what we intended when we wrote the characters. The writers discussed it, and while the characters did indeed react to PC’s differently (Anders did not mention Karl to a female PC, for instance, because Jennifer believed it wasn’t something a guy would do—not because he was straight in that playthrough) that did not change what they were or how we thought about them as we were writing them.
If you feel you know better, then by all means continue to do so. It does, however, seem rather disrespectful on your part even while you claim the reverse.
i dont know why the karl thing is so difficult for people to wrap their heads around
anders thinks hawke is bangable and tells male hawke that he was romantically involved with karl because he wants male hawke to know that he’s sexually available to men. he doesn’t tell female hawke this information five minutes after they meet because he doesn’t want her to assume that he’s not interested in women
just because he does not say the thing at the same moment doesn’t mean it didn’t happen or that he couldn’t have told female hawke about karl in any of the many off-screen years they are together
Q:Hey ipgd, everytime I try to post on that new hsg board, it keeps saying my post looks automated and it gets discarded. Wat do?
probably because i’ve needed to block a bunch of shit to curb ban dodgers. sorry dude