How do you feel about Roxy manipulating Hal to roleplay smut with her because he was a copy of the boy she had a crush on in the comic? I don't want to be mean but I know you think Hal and Roxy are best friends and they are! But she still did that. Please tell me you can defend her because I love Roxy with all my heart and I can't come up with a counter argument about what she did.
Sadly, this was a situation in which both people were so desperate that it played out really badly on both ends.
Yes, Roxy pressured Hal into being flirty with her, because she was sad and lonely and he was the only person around she could get that kind of attention from. (Dirk being gay, Jake being off-limits, Jane being straight(?) and Callie being an alien)
On the other hand, Hal had plenty of reason to go along with it. He was lonely too, and the only person he’d ever had feelings for pretty resoundingly rejected him as the “fake” Dirk after he was created. Dirk didn’t respect him at all, and Roxy and Jane just sort of humored him. And this went on for three years!
Plus… Hal giving that to Roxy made him the better Dirk in that one aspect. He could do something for his best friend that his “real” self couldn’t, and I have little doubt that that was at least part of his motivations. Hal was constantly manipulating people, a lot more successfully than Dirk, and I think this would be a part of that?
I think they’re both at fault, and that they were a couple of sad lonely kids who had no one else to turn to. Like yes, it’s messed up, but… only to the extent that they both had bad intentions about it, and not that either participant was truly unwilling.