“Ah,” said a voice from the doorway, “having your annual ‘everyone thinks Will is a lunatic’ meeting, are you? “It’s biannual,” said Jem. “And no, this is not that meeting.” ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince
You wanna talk representation? Wanna talk diversity?
Let’s talk, Sense8 style
1) Nomi Marks: Trans female hacker/activist who has the coolest girlfriend on the block. Born with the name Michael, so, I assume she had a sex change operation. Lives in San Francisco, USA.
2) Will Gorski: Average, American police officer, following in his father’s footsteps. Has ‘Saviour behaviour’/Messiah complex and thinks he’s responsible for the other sensates’ well-being, and the death of his childhood friend. A cop who doesn’t shoot black kids from the ghetto and instead, saves one. Lives in Chicago, USA.
3) Bak Sun: Korean businesswoman, VP of her father’s company and burdened with the responsibility of protecting her cheap/immature younger brother due to a promise made to her dying mother. Ignored by her father and a star of the underworld kick-boxing scene. Just amazing in general. Lives in Seoul, South Korea.
4) Kala Dandekar: Indian pharmacist, being forced into an arranged marriage with a guy she doesn’t love. Virgin, religious, has strong morals and is witness to religious extremism. Lives in Mumbai, India.
5) Capheus ‘Van Damme’ Onyango: Kenyan bus-driver who worships the action superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme. Comes from abject poverty and fiercely loves his ailing mother. He’s desperate to save his mother by using almost all of the money he earns to buy her AIDS medicine. Had to give up his younger sister to an orphanage because his mother could not afford to keep both children. Lives in Nairobi, Kenya
6) Lito Rodriguez: Mexican superstar and action hero. He is gay and in a relationship with a professor of art, Hernando. Closeted, and afraid to come out, his career is on the line as he is scared of being exposed to extreme homophobia. Has a beard called Daniela, who is supportive of their relationship and becomes their closest friend. Lives in Mexico City, Mexico
7) Wolfgang Bogdanow: German thief and safecracker, he participates in gang wars and is part of the underworld scene. He is of Russian descent and is a German citizen. After the fall of the Berlin wall, he was bullied by those in West Berlin due to being Russian. Hates his father and was raised by an uncle who never really loved him, he’s had to fight it out on the streets with his best friend Felix. Lives in Berlin, Germany.
8) Riley Gunnarsdóttir: Icelandic DJ settled in London, she’s a drug addict who thinks she’s hexed due to the deaths of those closest to her. She unintentionally becomes part of the dangerous London underground drug dealing scene. She loves classical music and loves EDM. Lived in London, UK. Lives in Reykjavik, Iceland.
There you have it:
An American Trans woman who’s a hacker
An American cop who saves a kid from the ghetto
A tough, powerful South Korean (her fighting skils….ugh <3 )
A virgin Indian
A Kenyan with a mother with AIDS.
A Mexican homosexual
A German racism victim
An Icelandic drug addict who’s actually a bundle of joy and listens to Bach and Beethoven.