it was so awful and sexist and cliched and just terrible

rigitwolf  asked:

Ok, I know everyone praises P2 for having a canon gay relationship, But can we talk about how it isn't apex of represantation. I mean, while Jun's great, writers avoided giving him a Shadow. Also his relationship with Tatsuya has pretty much all yaoi cliches of that time (like game can't stop reminding us how feminine Jun is). I think Naoto and Kanji's (and Chie's, in the original) are much realistic and meaningful represantations of gender perspective in Japan.

I agree with some things you have said Anon, but I also think you got a lot of things wrong too, so I’m going to try to adress those things down below in this big post.

Just have in mind that this could be just my own opinion in the matter and I could have made some mistakes or forgotten to mention something, but I really respect your opinion and I will be careful to say anything about the matter.


ALSO: I saw some ignorants saying that “the game isn’t even supposed to represent anything” and no, don’t freaking use this excuse for putting dirt under the rug, just don’t. If you are going to mention it in a game at least do it right.

First, I don’t think Jun not having a shadow has anything to do with bad writing because they explored his backstory very well even without a presence of his shadow (there is shadows in P2, but if you came from P4 thinking that shadows are necessary you can get some things wrong, exploring your “true self” is not the main point here, this is more of a SMT game where evil and good are the main attraction).

For example, Jun was manipulated to be Joker and control the shadows that were forcefully created to obey him, there wasn’t a reason for him to control his own shadow to begin with.

But this doesn’t mean we don’t try to show him who he truly is and have a insight of his confusing mind and what he really thinks of himself, through the Caracol dungeon we have a look inside Jun’s mind (looking at his younger self that appears like a ghost) and how he was manipulated to believe there wasn’t anything positive for him anymore.

And the relief of seeing the truth of himself.

He didn’t have a reason to have a shadow at all because he was already accepting the things he had done and accepted what was his true self (we even fight him in two forms, it would be a bit too much to have a three round battle against another side of Jun again, seriously that thing was terrible I don’t think I need another Jun to beat up, please, just don’t).

Second, I think Jun being feminine wasn’t exaggerated or “yaoi cliche”, he is a very caring, warm and protective character shown to have big problems of being antisocial, using his calculating self to manipulate other people and the big trauma he suffered when he thought Maya died made him even more closed.

Even if it is canon that he likes Tatsuya they don’t just slap that in your face with homophobic jokes or him being forcefully flirty every second too, he is caring with Tatsuya, praises him and is very attentive with him, Ginko considers him a “rival in love” just like Maya and the rest is pretty much optional demon negotiation dialogues where you flirt with him (that you, the player, can choose to unlock), calling him your “boyfriend” or saying “you like him”, but that’s similar for the girls too. I don’t remember anything overly exaggerated or mandatory for his interactions.

Now, Kanji too has what you would call a feminine side, Jun loves flowers and Kanji loves cute things and crocheting. I don’t see anything wrong in male characters to be shown to have “feminine” interests, this is what we would call representating people that feel that way too. Let boys smell flowers and admire cute things for god’s sake, this is beautiful and there’s nothing wrong with that (both Jun and Kanji wear make up during some scenes too).

But in Persona 4 they totally mock Kanji for having those traits, they call him “queer” and even his own father says that “because he is a man he needs to be strong” and this confused him to no end. We don’t have this kind of homophobic reaction for Jun feminine traits whoever. 

I don’t think it was bad to adress those things, but for the way they made Yosuke (his own friend) to call him queer and make rude jokes all the time when he already suffered enough? That was painfully horrible and nobody called him out for that while on the other hand Ginko just says for Tatsuya you are free to love whoever you want when you choose to say you are interested in Jun and that’s it. They don’t shame you or Jun of being queer.

(This whole scene makes me uncomfortable. I’m sorry they wrote you that badly and scrapped your romance route Yosuke).

In Persona 2 Jun is already shown to be a canon gay character without problems to accept this part of himself because he didn’t suffer from people being homophobic with him (he was already suffering enough with trying to get away from people to begin with), but I don’t think this means he is a bad representation just because he didn’t suffer from it. He is just a character that accepted himself easily because Tatsuya was someone special for him since he was a child and he had even a worse trauma of being manipulated to cope with.

As for Naoto, I think she was a great character who saw how bad and sexist society was of having a girl as a detective and needed to dress up like a boy to continue with it and also because she admired male detective figures that marked her childhood, there is also a lot of transexual implications on her shadow, but she was a nice representation by herself (maybe some more development would be nice).

What I think is:

Persona 4 would be a perfect game about accepting your true self if the sexist/transophobic/homophobic jokes weren’t badly treated and overly used for no good reason, this doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t have addressed it, but they made even your friends do that and you, as a protagonist who is supposed to represent the player as much as possible, can’t even do shit about that (It’s just awful and I got a lot of LGBT people coming to me to talk about how uncomfortable it was for them to see that badly treated in a game).

  • Because of the rude jokes the good representations were totally “covered” up, as for character alone Kanji and Naoto are nice, maybe just not so greatly developed, but for the game on it’s own it’s just poorly treated.
  • Persona 2 was a game made in the 90′s and they didn’t make that amount of mistakes that Persona 4 made when addressing a character of being interested in men (I mean most people see Kanji as bisexual too, nothing wrong with that) and that’s why people praise this game (and it is the only game you can romance a male character in the series and they didn’t even have social links/cooperation for the whole dating sim thing).
  • Homophobia is a delicate and heavy topic, if writers want to talk about it the number one rule isn’t to make the whole work with it all over the place (just mention it and never treat about it seriously is a big mistake) and if the character has already accepted who he is then there is not a single reason for him to not just react to it seriously (I really wanted Kanji to call out Yosuke and talk about it seriously, but it didn’t happen).
  • Tatsuya is a silent protagonist too and he had options to say “sexual discrimination is wrong”, they could’ve just make something similar for Yu if they really wanted some representation even if demon negotiation wasn’t a thing (just for P5 recently).
  • If Yosuke wasn’t scrapped as a romantic route they could’ve at least showed a character that was just being homophobic because he was still in doubt of his own sexuality (this is a real thing in real life too, sadly), this would be so interesting to see, but when they scrapped this out of the game they just left him as this character who is a complete dick without a reason and nobody cares.

The mistake that the new team of writers of P3/P4 and the direction made was so bad and regressive that what we got now for Persona 5 as a gay representation is… just, just look at it:

This is what I would call stereotypes and overly bad representation of “”feminine”” male characters (this whole scene is just a big rude joke on gay panic), to compare Jun of being feminine and exaggerated comparing to that? I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with you. 

It’s not because “Japan is still not as progressive with it as other countries” because the media has already changed a lot and there is other games that treat about it with a far openly mind. This isn’t a excuse for anything.

No, the new team didn’t make a good job at all and never learned from that. I’m sorry if it hurts to say that, it hurts me too, but I don’t think the same team of Persona 2 would be able to make that mistake as careful as they was at least.

people keep sending me anons asking how problematic gotham (the tv show) is and honestly the list continues to be exhaustive so i thought i’d collect my thoughts on why i hate the show:

  • the ableism. it’s fucking awful. ofc there are your ~deranged~ villains which is to be expected with batman media but it’s more than just minor shit, you can’t really argue against how bad it is, or how much the fandom around the show romanticizes mental illness as a result of thirsting over “hot” white male villains. most of the time the mentally ill in arkham are presented as childish, vegetative or outright circus freaks. there’s an episode where jim is questioning the inmates of arkham and it’s played like a montage, with catchy music and jim’s disgusted or frustrated expressions at the mentally ill drooling all over themselves or showing symptoms of schizophrenia and various other disorders. it’s clear that this scene is supposed to be played for laughs, we’re supposed to be laughing at the mentally ill. i found it incredibly disturbing. and this isn’t the only instance. again and again arkham and the inmates are dehumanized and referred to as nutcases, we seem them locked up in cages and treated like animals when some are very clearly confused about where they are. honestly it’s sickening.
  • in addition, the fandom only seems to care about the mentally ill when they can romanticize them. this seems to spring from the fact most of the villains on the show are “hot” white men that (mostly straight white women) are thirsting after. this isn’t just mentally ill fans using a villain as a coping mechanism or empowering themselves, this is neurotypical people specifically playing up a character’s mental illness or romanticizing it because they are attracted to the character (and by extension, the mental illness which is just gross on so many levels) 
  • why!! does!! this!! show!! hate!! women!!! seriously, not only is there a problem with women being killed off but a problem with women in general and specifically the way them and their interactions are written. first there was that whole thing with barbara kean and lee thompson where they were constantly calling each other a bitch in the typical “stay away from my man!!” sort of cliche and then they even did it with children!!! i’m pretty sure silver and selina weren’t even 12 and they were calling each other gutter sluts and trash!!!! barbara kean is played up as a knock-off harley quinn, having been tortured and traumatized by a rapist and murderer into becoming a criminal herself, which she then gains no sympathy for and is treated like just another crazy villain. women are regularly violently killed off, or sexualized or badly written and there are so many examples tbh but i’d be here forever listing them. 
  • gotham also treats wlw relationships and lesbians/bi woman very disrespectfully. when jim learns that his fiance barbara is bi and that she had a past relationship with a woman, he flips out about it like..the most biphobic shit….and then barbara’s ex renee montoya (who is a very well liked comic book character) comes it to romance barbara for a few episodes for the sake of jim’s mainpain (and to lowkey show bisexuals as being unfaithful amirite) and then she literally!!! just disappears from the show!!!!! that plot line is left completely unresolved by the writers because they are shit and then they go to torturing the hell out of barbar to make her crazy. it’s disgusting. when barbara hooks up with another chick (when she’s a criminal) it’s literally there to show how depraved she is. like there is now way to see around that. it’s not a supervillain power couple because the depth of the relationship is so superficial (bare in mind i haven’t watched gotham recently so this might have changed) and when they do kiss it’s for a straight man to comment upon it!!! like they do it specifically to show off for straight man i’m losing my goddamn mind this show is so gross!!!!!!!
  • one of gotham’s only redeeming qualities is it’s diversity of cast (esp in recent episodes) unfortunately tho poc literally ALSO get shafted or killed off by the show. two black women are violently murdered by men, the powerful black female villain, fish mooney who had a really good role in season 1, is dragged through hell and back by the show, tortured, killed and resurrected and it’s just awful to watch. women also happen to get violently killed off a lot whereas most of the white men from the first season are still alive, even if they currently add nothing to the plot!!!
  • also a lot of the main POC and LGBTQ leads in the show are villains. while i’m not adverse to POC and LGBTQ villains (actually makes villains more interesting and likeable for me lol) it’s kind of sketchy considering most of the main heroes for the show are white cishet men. 
  • i’m not going to get into characterisation too much because honestly it’s up for interpretation with how the comics change so much but most women end up getting written in a bad and/or sexist way and while some portrayals of villains are spot on for the comics some are just terrible *cough*riddler*cough*
  • also characters and plotlines just seem to vanish?? they keep shoving boring villains in our face when the really good ones (i’m thinking firefly, mr freeze, harvey dent, scarecrow, etc.) are barely in the show anymore. 
  • the fandom is also full of abuse apologists. in one episode, alfred punches selina who is a CHILD and as an abuse survivors that really fucked me up so when i started complaining about it the fandom hijacked my post saying that selina deserved it or even worse than what she got which honestly made me….really fucking sick to my stomach actually. 

anyway here is the (by no means complete) list of why gotham is shitty and terrible and why batman villains deserve better to be portrayed on this shitshow. please add with anything constructive that i might have missed. 

I haven’t thought much about CS since I discovered it would shortly be banished from our screens forever. But I was thinking about it today and my brain casually labelled it ‘the worst-written romance ever’ in that way brains do. And then I thought about how that probably wasn’t fair. And then I thought about it even more and realized that no, actually, I can’t think of a single example of a worse one.

I’m not talking about fanon CS, obviously. I’m sure there are plenty of lovely fanfics and fan arts and manips of CS because that’s what fandom does - it makes things better. But on screen? Sweet zombie Jesus!

The thing about CS’s awfulness - and what really sets it apart from other appallingly badly written romances - is that it wasn’t just awful in one way. Kalinda’s het romances in The Good Wife were *really* awful, but one-note in their awfulness, and thankfully quickly ended. CS never had the good grace to end, it just morphed from one type of awful to another until it reached peak terribleness in Season 5 and then gave us Season 6′s fuckery as a sort of nasty-aftertaste encore.


Seasons 2 and 3. It’s cliched, it’s tired, it feeds into all those well-worn and harmful tropes about bad men being redeemed by good women and how a woman’s no is just a signal to try harder. It’s a romance written by people who worship at the altar of Han Solo but understand nothing about what made him lovable.


Season 4, when CS was just really really dull and unconvincing. Emma, who’s always had more chemistry with any woman than she has with Hook, seems surprisingly indifferent to the man she’s supposedly falling in love with. What’s more, this season is the beginning of the implication that all a tough woman needs is a man to ‘take down her walls’ and finally allow her to be softer and more traditionally feminine. Yes, I’m talking about That Date and That Dress. Oh, and speaking of the date, it’s also the start of the pair’s ongoing tradition of keeping massive secrets from each other whose revelation never leads to anything resembling an emotional resolution.

THE CLIMAX OF CS AWFULNESS - the slow, painful death of Emma Swan

Season 5, when it all goes to shit, in as much as any of it wasn’t already a steaming turd of a story. This is where CS stopped being dull or cliched and became actively awful and offensive. It centred a man in a woman’s story, made all her other relationships subordinate to her romantic one, suggested life isn’t worth living after the death of a boyfriend (of a few months), and as the cherry on the feces cake forever removed any stakes from the entire show.


Season 6, a sort of amalgam of all the other ways the romance had already found to be awful: it’s dull, it’s sexist, it’s rushed and the two of them manage to be simultaneously massively under-invested in their relationship (ready to leave it/move on from it at a moment’s notice) and unhealthily over-invested in it (Emma ready to condemn her parents to eternal sleep on the off-chance Hook might be in danger). And so the worst TV romance I can remember culminated in the worst TV wedding I can remember and off Hook and Emma trotted to their doomed on the day it began (nice timing, JMo) ‘happy beginning’.