He had been wrong.
He had made a mistake.
(…) Correcting it had required the input of someone else. It was unprecedented. Wasn’t it? Or had it been preceded by other computational errors? With no one else to point them out in the course of the past ten years, what other anomalies had been brought to the fore, only to be accepted by him as fact?
me, banging pots and pans: V IS GOING TO HAVE HIS OWN CUTE LIL COLORED HEARTS! HIS OWN EMOJIS! HE IS SO HUMBLE AND EASILY FLUSTERED BY COMPLIMENTS! WE’RE GONNA GET TO PAMPER HIM AND HEAR HIM GIGGLE! MORE INTERACTION BETWEEN HIM AND THE PEOPLE HE LOVES! HIS OWN TEXTS! MORE OFFICIAL PHOTOS! VIRTUAL NOVELS! TAKE MY WHOLE HEART OUT MY CHEST I LOVE THIS MAN!
been thinking a lot about how the adventure zone handles representation and why it’s so satisfying and well done… i think a lot of it is because the mcelboys understand that diversity is realistic, natural, and frankly just more interesting.
that’s why it usually doesn’t feel forced or tokenistic. there’s an understanding that as the real world is diverse, so should fantasy be. they’ve also taken the time to listen to criticism levelled at them; justin’s hesitance over making taako’s sexuality explicit once griffin pointed out the possible negative connotations of his character voice, their decision to rework the designs of the characters in the official graphic novel once people complained about the whole main cast being white. it’s not pandering, it’s a genuine commitment to creating an interesting and believeable world that their diverse listenership can relate to.
it’s natural and non-sensationalised - queer characters in particular don’t have a big shock reveal, it’s just a part of who they are. take roswell as an example - they’re agender/nb because of course they are. if you think about it for more than four seconds it’s pretty obvious that arbitrarily assigning a gender to a powerful earth construct would be a much weirder decision.
taking away that automatic assumption that all characters should be cisgender & heterosexual as their default setting makes inclusivity easy - when griffin asks clint about merle’s marriage, he doesn’t automatically ask about his wife, he says ‘husband or wife’. little things like that make so much difference.
i’m not saying it’s always perfect, but jesus, they’re really trying. and usually succeeding. as white (i’m assuming) cishet guys they would not have been dragged for neglecting diversity, but they did it anyway. we need more content creators like them, who treat representation as something natural and normal and interesting rather than an annoying obligation.
tl;dr i love taz & the mcelboys a lot and i think about it all the time