seriously though, why is white the default? why is straight the default? why is cis and neurotypical and able bodied the default? why is it that any time a character isn’t one (or god forbid two) of those things it’s pandering? minorities can exist in fiction just as they do in real life, they don’t have to be there for a special purpose. people are well within their rights to ask to be represented. anyone who thinks it takes away from the story sees white (or straight, cis etc.) as the default. sorry to burst your bubble but it is not.
i got maria the heart locket and it said that our relationship would be affected soo yes