i’m really sick of people saying that jojo has good lgbt rep, so i’m gonna talk a little bit on the homophobia in jjba.
-having DIO as a bi/pan man characterizes mlm as egomaniacs and narcissists, as well as abusive and extremely sexual, it also uses the stereotype of bi/pan people using multiple people for throwaway sex. it’s not good lgbt representation when it’s the big baddie of the series, sorry.
-we all get really psyched about the fact that jolyne was supposed to have a gf! i was too until i found out that the gf was a female annasui. having annasui be the lesbian would perpetuate a ton of very harmful stereotypes, such as the predatory lesbian, the pining lesbian who’s seen as an afterthought (I’m in no way sympathizing w/ annasui rn), and also a little bit of the good old “lesbians fall in love so easily (uhaul)”. but the main, big issue is of course how annasui is characterized as a creep who killed an ex, and is deeply, unwantingly, and very obsessively in love with jolyne. bad bad lesbian stereotypes to say the least.
-another greaaat lesbian characterization is in sbr, with fv’s wife, mrs.valentine. she’s another type of stereotype, the “perfect wife” who’s actually secretly a “nasty” lesbian who is so desperate for the female touch that she will go after a 13-14yo girl for sexual pleasure. this frames lesbians as predatory, again, pedophiles (another huge homophobic stereotype that’s seen….a lot in jojo) and just….the bad premise of a woman being married to a man, but a lesbian in secret. i think we’re all tired of that “sinful desires” concept
-of course the good ol’ transphobic scene with “tequila joseph” where he mockingly dresses up as a woman who is obviously ““not passing”“ and talks in the normal man in a dress manor, and is turned away by the guards. man in a dress is seen eeeverywhere and it’s a lazy transphobic joke!! i don’t trust people who find this scene funny. in short it uses a man dressing up as a woman but obviously being a man as a big funny punchline and uhhh…you can see the issue there hopefully
-also the scene in sdc where joseph and avdol are magnetized together is using gay men having sex as a joke. wow. hilarious. also avdol being about 30~ years younger than joseph doesn’t make the joke any better. it goes off of the notion that older gay men will actively seek out fresh new young adults.
there are a lot more little things seen without jojo, so these are just the big ones that really struck me and made me angry with the series. you all know i love jojo!! i think it’s a very creative and fun series that does a pretty good job playing with relationships and presentation, but the bottom line is, jojo has a lot it needs to improve on in terms of lgbt rep. we’ve only ever gotten whispers and vague sentences in interviews of protags being lgbt, and that doesn’t in any way make up for the way lgbt characters are made into predators and villains and trivialized in many parts of jojo. this post is in no way meant to stop you from loving jojo or say that i don’t love jojo, but the way these characters and themes are presented needs to be addressed!! no series is without its fault, we just need to keep pushing for it to be better. thank you for reading this if you did. if you have anything to add or if anything i said seems off or wrong contact me or rb this post with it!
Chat Noir smirked. “You’re not exactly doing so well yourself, bug.”
Ladybug chuckled, the sound harsh as it echoed over the brick wall behind Chat Noir. “I’m doing better than you.” She glanced down at his ring as she swung her yo-yo. “One paw left. What a catastrophe.”
“Unfortunately for you, I’m not so easy to pin down.” He readjusted his grip on his baton as he spoke, scanning his surroundings for a path he could use to escape. “But you’re purrfectly welcome to try.”
He leapt out of the way the second she struck, her yo-yo digging into the wall behind him, instead of wrapping around his arms. Chat Noir raced to the edge of the roof and dove, his baton dragging down the side of the building as he went, slowing his fall enough so he could release his transformation in a bright flash of green and run to the main road the second his feet hit the ground.
Ladybug couldn’t be too far behind him, and he only stopped to catch his breath once he’d managed to put some distance between them. Plagg peeked up at him from his pocket. “Kid, that was way too close.”
“I know,” Adrien managed through gulps of air. “She’s getting better.”
Plagg ducked back into Adrien’s pocket seconds before something landed behind Adrien. He knew who it would be without looking, but he couldn’t let her know that. He fought every instinct to flinch or run or show any sign of fear. Right now, his only hope was tricking her into thinking he was a random Parisian walking home in the dead of night.
Ladybug stepped in front of him. “Have you seen-” She paused, recognition flashing in her eyes, almost too fast for Adrien to be sure he saw it. Then, she cleared her throat and continued, “Did Chat Noir come by here?”
Adrien shook his head. “I haven’t seen him.”
“Are you sure?” She frowned. “I could have sworn he went this way. What about anyone running through here?”
“No. It’s been pretty quiet.”
She grimaced. “Well, it’s not the safest part of town.” She tensed and turned on him. “What are you doing out here, anyway?”
“My friend was playing at a club down the road.” Adrien blurted out the first excuse he could think of. “I lost track of time.”
“Really?” Ladybug stepped closer. “Which friend?”
And he really should have noticed the way her tone changed when she asked the question, the way it settled into something too light to be natural. He should have paid attention to the way she positioned herself so she could wrap an arm around his waist easily if he gave the wrong answer. Somehow, he’d done just that, because in an instant, Ladybug’s arm was around his waist, and he was flying through the air, an iron grip holding him to her side.
“I think there’s someone you need to meet, Chat Noir,” Ladybug called down to him over the sound of wind whipping past his ears.
Adrien froze, his heart sinking as panic rose in his chest. Because if Ladybug knew who he was, he knew exactly who she was taking him to see.
And he was not ready to face Hawkmoth.
I feel like I see a lot of Chat Noir/Adrien working for Hawkmoth, but I kind of wanted to write something where it’s Ladybug for a change.
Send me a ship and an AU, and I’ll write something for it!
Many people have different interpretations of it, but I believe this is directly referring to Dany’s meteoric rise to power, and what will subsequently be her fall from grace. We, as the audience, have watched her struggle against oppressors and we have seen her strength and justice mocked and ridiculed. By all accounts, Dany is the underdog we should all want to win. We’ve watched her grow as a character; we’ve watched her embrace her strength as a woman and a leader; and hell, we’ve got to watch her dragons quite literally and physically grow into the badass killing machines we see now. This is what we’ve always wanted for Dany, and now, she’s finally going to sail off to Westeros to take back what is ‘rightfully’ hers.
Yes, Dany is the hero we’ve wanted since Day 1, but is she really a hero at all for the people of Westeros?
The Targaryens may have once ruled the Seven Kingdoms, but that was a long time ago, and those who were alive during their rein don’t necessarily have fond memories of that particular family. For everyone else, Dany is a foreigner, come to their land to conquer them and take what little left there is to give. The Targaryens may have once ruled, but they don’t anymore. It’s no longer their kingdom and Dany hasn’t lived there. She doesn’t know the first thing about Westerosi culture. What she is now is essentially a colonialist who believes she can free the people, but from what exactly? The people want peace and prosperity. They are tired of war and death. Would bringing three grown dragons and an army of Dothrakis, who are known to pillage and rape, really be bringing about peace?
To them, Dany is the villain, an oppressor and one they won’t want, and she’s so used to being praised by the little people that if the little people and the ‘bigger’ people are both in opposition of her, what will she do? Considering past behaviour, Dany tends to go straight for inciting fear and violence rather than diplomacy. She believes in justice but only her brand of justice, and Gods forbid you disagree with her. Just ask Hizdahr zo Loraq.
This kind of turn around will make many of Dany’s most loyal fans uncomfortable. Those who believed her to be a hero will be disappointed to find that she is in fact not a hero in this kingdom and that she is actually the colonist, the oppressor, the villain of their stories.
If this is truly Dany’s destiny, then it is such an important message that resonates so profoundly right now in our world. Western society is given such a good vs bad narrative about war, and why they must invade this country and that country and how it’s for that country’s own good, but for those people feeling the effects of war living in those countries, who is the real villain? Who is really saving who? Everyone’s a hero in their story, but the villain in another’s. It’s all about perspective and that’s really so important for people to understand in this day and age. Perspective breeds empathy and we need more of that.
Just a disclaimer though, I know you can’t empathise with terrorist organisations. That’s not what I meant. I’m talking more in the sense of bigots and racists, who completely criminalise an entire country of people, and believe wholeheartedly that theirs have done no wrong.