even tho its unfair i'd take the white half of an interracial ship being reduced to a ship prop over the person of color (which is waaaay more common in fandom and the media too,,, the white halfs of a ship de facto have a defense squad anyway)
i see what you mean, and agree
white characters usually do have a defense squad, while poc get bashed over doing the exact same things or being actually better??? lmao. when it comes to how fandom treats interracial relationships, i’ve only just started observing it given my only previous fandom (supernatural) was a mayo shitshow where there were barely any poc to begin with and definitely not any interracial relationships that lasted over an episode (since they had close to no poc to bash in that show, women took all the shit).
i’m not sure my previous experience would be of any use here anyway, ‘cause anime is the complete opposite of a western tv show in a conservative network lmao. what i’ve observed isn’t so much yuri being reduced to a ship prop (not saying there isn’t any of that, maybe i’ve just been lucky. i never go into general tags so i have that going for me lmao) as being whitewashed af. it’s like they absolutely love him as long as they can pretend he’s a white boy. most who have a white character as a fave i’ve seen either absolutely adore yuri and want to see more of him as a person aside from the ship (like me and my hos) or detest him and want him written out of the show (which is absolutely ludicrous for obvious reasons lmaooooo).
i think the fact the show is largely told from yuri’s PoV (as it should) makes it harder for people to ignore his personhood, while the same can’t be said for victor. of course, it’s preferable for a white character to be taken at face-value rather than a poc one, but it’s also not ideal? especially when it’s such a wholesome character like victor, who does have some disprivileges like being gay* and depressed? like even for someone with yuri as a fave, how can you simply not give a fuck about victor’s development? the guy is who yuri is in love with? you don’t want more of the man your fave is literally supposed to marry?
so yeah, when i say it sucks victor seems to be creatively neglected, i’m by no means saying he should have priority over yuri, the poc protagonist. it’d just be nice to get some background for him, because he is a main? white side characters like popovich, jj and yurio have tons of background info, so how come victor doesn’t?
* felt like adding a disclaimer because some may use the “yoi universe has no homophobia” to counter that. first of all, this whole conversation is about privilege and how characters are treated by fandom on that basis. so the fact in-universe yoi has no homophobia (and by logic no racism) literally doesn’t matter. and second, the yoi universe is controlled by real world people and has real world fans. this means real world people are making the choice to not care about this gay character beyond
the size of his ass his design or the fact he’s half of a ship, and that’s um kinda messed up.