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Case ([personal profile] case) wrote in [community profile] fandomsecrets2017-03-20 06:38 pm

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[personal profile] erinptah 2017-03-20 11:46 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't think the hate is about individual characters, it's about how certain types of people (usually black or gay, for this particular trope) get overrepresented as "wisecracking sidekick whose role is to support the [white/straight] main character", and underrepresented as main characters themselves.

It's less annoying these days because media representation keeps getting better, but it wasn't that long ago that practically the only mainstream roles for gay characters were as sassy best friends.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-21 01:30 am (UTC)(link)
Even so, they were almost always more likable and more characterized than the main characters, who were usually bland and defined only by some sort of romantic relationship or whatever. Even if they were "limited" to that role, it hardly comes off as limiting when they're the only character with any sense, and who doesn't dance around subjects. Like when the main character is being a dip and swanning about being lovesick, it hardly comes off as limiting to have a character say "just tell the truth!"

(Anonymous) 2017-03-21 02:31 am (UTC)(link)
Just because some of the side characters are likeable (and maybe more likeable than the main characters) doesn't mean the role isn't a limited one. Especially if that type of role for POCs are often the only type of role that's available.