ok lmao im officially done with a significant portion of the overwatch fandom tbh??
i am tired of reading torbjorn hate. i just am. im tired of hearing he’s ugly, im tired of people saying he creeps women out, im tired of hearing he doesnt deserve happiness/his wife/his family/his house.
there is something really fucking evil about how many fucking people on tumblr demand “representation” and make fun of the physically disabled combat veteran and say that he should be homeless and doesnt deserve a wife or family or friends. like, i get that we probably should have accurate representation for physically disabled combat veterans- 8% of the total us homeless population are veterans, though that number has dropped substantially (by 33% since 2010) but half of all homeless veterans are disabled. but somehow i doubt, that this is asking for that representation and more about saying he doesnt deserve his things because he’s ugly and unliked in fandom.
its malicious. its despicable.
Torbjorn has dwarfism and the chronic headaches that go along with it. im 99% certain that makes him the very first video game character to be a little person.
tumblr has this massive problem of saying “I want representation!” but when they want it, they want it in their fucking pairings that they can “ship” and remember, from all of those shipping charts that put the little yellow circle around Torbjorn the same way they put it around winston- (Are you comparing shipping the physically disabled man with another person to bestiality or are you just upset because he’s not conventionally attractive?)
He’s close friends with mercy, with reinhardt, with ana, and from the halloween comic, probably jack and gabe too. but in 99% of posts that talk about them he’s just left out? like??
and the “creepy to women” thing, like where did that come from? I know the voice lines you’re probably basing it off of too but i didnt ever read them as him being “creepy?” (unless you’re saying he’s creepy because of that + his “gross” physical appearance thats attributed to his disability :) )
i always interpreted them as teasing, and several of the female characters tease back- (Mei, Ana, and satya sounds like she’s heard it before and knows he’s teasing her). the only voice line that could be interpreted as strange would be the one with looking at d.va’s mech- but i dont think thats because its creepy, i think its because of the futuristic age they live in and how torbjorn is a world class engineer. there’s a line between Pharah and Torbjorn where she’s showing off her raptora suit, and he has to be begrudgingly impressed by it. its far more likely they dont want torbjorn getting his hands on the specs of d.va’s mech and she’s guarding them rather than her getting creeped out by him.
THEN THERE WAS THE MESS ABOUT PEOPLE COMPLAINING ABOUT HIM BEING SANTA. like. that was so good, so pure. why were you complaining? because reinhardt wasn’t santa? because 76 wasn’t santa? bc neither of your conventionally attractive characters were santa?
i s2g if i see one more post complaining about how only skinny, conventionally attractive white girls have gotten confirmed relationships in overwatch im going to scream because as long as there is so much rampant hatred and active dislike of the physically disabled man and his wife, that makes fun of him for being physically disabled and so often it’s by the same people who make those posts and i really just wanna reiterate this:
you’re making fun of the physically disabled man for his appearance and then going back and saying you dont want conventionally attractive people. but you still want attractive people, but attractive in “unconventional ways”.
like, god fucking, i’m so tired. im so tired. tea is spilt, rant has been made, if you want your stupid otp to be confirmed canon to get the “representation” you want just say it upfront.