I'm sorry about the Bellamy thing
It wasn’t meant to be racist, but it was, and I’m sorry for that.
The Personal Favorite White Boy thing is a trope that we established over a year ago. It has nothing to do with a character receiving “love” but a character who gets their actions whitewashed/excused by a particular fan or group of fans.
But you all are right: using it as a blanket term for characters that include ones who are not white is wrong. I’m modifying it. From now on, I’ll clarify. If I think a MOC character is getting the “personal favorite” treatment, I’ll refer to him as a “personal favorite whitewashed boy” instead.
And no, this title has nothing to do with me thinking MOC “don’t deserve love”. This is about erasure of certain actions a character committed. A person can obviously get love without their actions being erased/excused or any and all criticism being shouted down. There is a difference between the two and I didn’t mean to imply otherwise.We actually have an article about the distinction: http://www.fandomfollowing.com/cesare-borgia-kilgrave-and-telling-the-problematic-faves-from-the-personal-favorite-white-boys/
That being said, I hardly made that clear with my original post. I’m sorry. I fucked up.