probably the most interesting thing to me are not the people who dislike malec simply bc they blatantly prefer alec with some other white dude and/or have no interest in magnus as a character; like i always expect these people to exist to some degree in fandom so it’s kind of whatever to me. but there is a small subsection who seem to feel they are doing magnus some kind of justice by ~freeing~ him from his relationship with alec because they firmly believe there is an inherent inequality within this relationship and thus them being together is somehow racist and unfair towards magnus. i have always found this … an odd phenomenon and somewhat bothersome because of the way asian men have always been perceived in fiction: submissive, without agency, and easily taken advantage of.
it reminds me a lot of this article i posted awhile back, where the author suggested that because certain asian characters ticked a few boxes that said this aspect makes a bad character, everything else was ignored and the characters were relegated to bad representation without consideration of anything else. and it definitely feels like when it comes to magnus (and malec), a good chunk of his portrayal is ignored not because people agree that he should fit this submissive box, but because this is what they’ve always been told asian men should be perceived as – and so this is all they can subconsciously see; they can’t seem to look past it when it comes to him. and it fuels a kind of misdirected outrage where they think they’re doing right by magnus when all that’s happening is magnus’ agency is being erased from his own narrative both in and out of his relationship with alec.
(i should add this goes not just for white ppl btw bc this is very much not a general racial issue – magnus specifically is se asian and carries all the baggage that comes with it, and i have seen far too many ppl, white or otherwise, feel they have a right to speak over us in regards to what is/is not racist or good representation for magnus.)