Remember that time Hollywood actually whitewashed actual people that actually existed and were still quite alive?
I got to meet Miles at a convention last summer. Not some kid in a costume. But Miles.
There’s this kid at our booth. I’d guess around 11 years old. He had been by the booth solo a couple times already. This time he had an adult.
“This one dad. This is the new Spider-Man.”
“Uh, huh.” his dad was singularly unimpressed with Spidey.
“No dad see,” and he points to one where Miles has the mask off, “He’s half black and half Mexican.” the kid is just beaming.
Dad starts to smile. This is about when a lady walks up, she puts her arm around dad and the kid says hi to mom.
Here’s the thing. This kid’s dad is Hispanic and mom is black. Miles was literally showing him he could be Spider-Man.
This isn’t me wanting to grow up and be Storm. This isn’t me wanting to be Captain America. Those are characters that are like me, kind of. But I have tons of characters that are “just like me”. That’s my white girl privilege.
Miles, beyond being a super awesome Spider-Man is a super awesome role model. This is a character that says, you exist AND you can be a hero.
Miles is the reason I am so passionate about representation in comics. Because I saw that little boy’s face and the pride in having himself matter enough, his family matters enough, to be shown in comics.
The kid and I had a lovely chat about Miles and how awesome he was. His dad asked for info on the comics so he could try & find the back issues for his son. It is pretty much my best memory of that convention.
I started reading Miles because I was interested in a different take on Spidey. I kept reading because Miles is AWESOME. I will continue reading so that kid keeps being able to see himself in the pages of a comic.
- Kanye West
- Nicki Minaj
- 50 Cent
- Lil B
- A$AP Rocky
- Fat Joe
- Queen Latifah
Please stop fucking acting like Macklemore is this special snowflake for being a rapper who supports gay marriage. I know yall love to pretend that black people are homophobes, so obviously the music we make must be homophobic, but that is bullshit and Wacklemore is not the first rapper to publicly support gay marriage.
like damn, I’ll say it
I’d be pretty excited for Varric to be an LI
I find it weird that people seem to think that people who enjoy characters as LI only like them as such, and can enjoy them no other way.
Or find it entitled when people express that they would’ve liked to see something in the game that didn’t happen.
Shockingly enough, most people who are fans of characters can enjoy them outside of their romances. I love Morrigan as my dalish dude’s lady, but I also love the bond she builds up with other Wardens, it’s fantastic. I adore Oghren but I would not romance him with a puppet on a ten foot pole. So on and so forth.
No game is gonna be perfect to everyone’s taste, everyone knows that, c’mon!There’s only so many options and time for devs, we all know that. If I waited to play a game that met every single one of my criteria, romance or otherwise, I would be playing with a stick and even then I’d probably think “meh this stick could be a slightly lighter shade of brown”.
It’s okay to say “aw I wish ___ had happened” or say that “I didn’t like ___ or would’ve preferred ____ so here’s my interpretation” because holy shit it’s okay to have a different wishes for recreational games
that’s totally cool too, have at it, I mean that is LITERALLY the point of meta and fanfic and headcanons and fanart! There is a significant portion of these creative endeavors that creators usually seem to adore that is started with this base emotion of wanting more.
that’s almost basically the idea behind anything created in the fantasy genre anymore — including yes Dragon Age — because we’ve all seen the typical shit and think to ourselves “well WHAT IF…” and if you don’t think that’s true, I’m gonna be blunt and say you’re full of crap.
now if someone’s running around with their head screaming that such and such was JUST RUINED and that the ONLY THING that would’ve made it better was whatever they wanted and that theirs is the only opinion that matters, then feel free to call entitlement. But that’s something I very rarely see, even in the permanently emotionally defunct fandom that is Bioware fandom.
Was I disappointed that Varric wasn’t a romance option because I love his personality and I find him physically appealing?
Well, duh, look at him.
~*~*~But I don’t think having a minor disappointment that did not stand in the way of me enjoying the game in other ways, including its other romances, and voicing that minor disappointment makes me or anyone else who feels that way entitled and whiny~*~*~
also of all the shitty racist/sexist crap that comes onto that blog
THAT’S the one you get mad at?