About Efi Oladele
Listen, I’m excited for Efi. She looks adorable and I’m super excited to see what mechanics Blizzard will give her in game. I’m a person who enjoys playing a character for how they play, not just because of their race (i.e. when Sombra was released everyone was claiming they were going to play her because of her race, not for team composition)
Here’s where I want to talk about Efi. Please, do not go around saying “protect Efi from the whites!!! Pure black STEM woman!!!” She’s 11 years old. Stop. Overwatch takes place in the future where humans fight robots. Stop. She’s 11 years old in a fictional world full of diverse characters coming from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures. There is no need to make her into a racial matter.
Second of all, she’s 11. I see people talking about her being “Lucio’s wife!” And that is terrible. Lucio is 29 (26?) and it’s pedophilia, and culture doesn’t make it automatically right. BUT I’ve seen snippets of people wanting Efi to be a lesbian and some even wanting to ship her with some of the Overwatch females… The youngest girl in Overwatch is D. VA whom is 19. Please, do not ship her with any of the Overwatch agents. Don’t force gender preferences and sexualities onto *pre-teen fictional characters* There is still a whole lot of room for character development but please, not this early.
-Disclaimer: I am not racist, sexist, misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, etc.etc. I am very supportive. In the case of a young character who was JUST released, I dislike seeing people trying to shape her to who they want her to be. Efi Oladele is a young African girl who loves to build robots and is a super genius. Please don’t make her a matter of race. There is so much room for character development! She was just announced and I beg of people to wait to see where Blizzard takes us in her own story.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. These are just my opinions that I am expressing out loud. They are not prejudice in any way. They are not racist or homophobic opinions, just rather PSAs from an open minded individual. Thank you!