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What are your thoughts about the LGBT community being represented in the media?

I just think that there is a lot of pandering going on.
BlueMetalChick · 26-30, F
I have conflicted opinions about it. On the one hand I think it's a good idea to normalize LGBT because, well, it is pretty normal. But on the other hand, it can't be too on the nose or else it seems really forced, in which case it's counterproductive. It's almost like an insult more than anything. Look at Marvel Comics. They recently unveiled a new cast of heroes for the New Warriors reboot, among them a transgender hero named Snowflake. Like, really? You're naming a transgender hero with a word used to insult transgender people. It's like if you wrote a Black superhero and named him Super Nigger.
Torsten · 36-40, M
@BlueMetalChick don't forget safe space, the typical overall jock haha
BlueMetalChick · 26-30, F
@Torsten THEY EVEN SAID THOSE EXACT WORDS. THE STEREOTYPICAL BIG BURLY JOCK.

Homie has pink dyed hair and matching gauges in his ears, and wears heeled boots. What fucking jock in the world dresses like that?

And then there was their teammate Screentime, the "meme-obsessed super teen" whose brain is permanently connected to the internet as a result of him being exposed to his grandfather's "experimental internet gas" as a child. Experimental internet gas. We have attained peak level or boomerism.

Screentime's superpowers include being able to see virtual maps in real time and the ability to instantly Google any fact. You know who else can do both of those things? Any human being who owns a fucking smartphone.
Torsten · 36-40, M
@BlueMetalChick that's why I am making fun of it because the creator is clearly delusional to think that dude is a typical jock haha.
The whole thing is a complete disaster and the downvotes on that mess just prove it
Torsten · 36-40, M
tired of hearing about it. You should love who you love but other people don't need to keep hearing about it and having it shoved down our throats constantly
Torsten · 36-40, M
@BlueMetalChick never heard of that show but it seems like people who write shows and comics and so on just want to put forced identity politics first and a story second. it comes of as unnatural and forced and cringy as hell.
though I did recently watch a Netflix show called "I am not okay with this" and that had some lgbt stuff in it but it was well written and didn't seem like it was put in there to force anything on anyone but in there because it was a key part of the story.
If it all wasn't so forced, I think people would be so much more accepting but for now it is just embarrassing for the most part
BlueMetalChick · 26-30, F
@Torsten It was a very tongue-in-cheek satirical cartoon show from the 2000's about a world in which children fight against "adult tyranny" such as being forced to do homework or eat gross-tasting healthy foods. They've formed a worldwide organization called the "Kids Next Door" and utilize what they called "2x4 technology" to create amazing feats of engineering from random household objects or discarded waste. It was quite funny and endearing stuff.
Torsten · 36-40, M
@BlueMetalChick sounds pretty good
SilkenMist · 46-50, F
it gets a little much at times.
BlueMetalChick · 26-30, F
@SilkenMist It does get a little bit much. It only works if it's natural, like you're not TRYING to go out of your way to say "Hey look we have an LGBT character in our thing!"
Blaaah · 26-30, F
My thought is that I ain't part of any community like that...
Blaaah · 26-30, F
@BlueMetalChick I don't know this person, but I am intrigued by the philosophy, that creating specific groups are a means to seperate oneself from others, rather than getting together. And yes, I think it's a question of feeling unique, for those who create their own personal group, and enforce it to the point where no one else can get in. It's made up delusions by magical thinking, whereas others, let's say strongly religious for an example, might use the concept of sorting people by traits or beliefs, to exclude those whom they fear.
BlueMetalChick · 26-30, F
@Blaaah I have been promoting a similar idea for years but in a much less serious sense. I cite the concept of making oneself unique whenever I see annoying self-depreciating memes posted to social media about how the OP is different because they're "not like everyone else" doing normal and healthy things.
Blaaah · 26-30, F
@BlueMetalChick I think it is perfectly okay to [b]be[/b] unique, as in different from most people. In fact I have a bit of an issue with how society typically works, as it's build on the idea that everyone is social. As an asocial person, it's easy to become a complete outcast and have trouble even providing for oneself. I am no master-mind with a perfect solution, of course. I just don't like it, and don't think it's a fair system.
There's nothing wrong with thinking outside of the box, but of course, mainstream media might not be the best place to spend one's time and energy, then.
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Sroonaka616 · 26-30, M
I can totally understand that. It is a little bit cringe at times @tommo11
SilkenMist · 46-50, F
I think they should have a couple like this -

A black man who used to be a white woman married to a white woman who used to be a black man.

Well, that would be the dream of right wing republican christian fundamentalists.
SW-User
I ignore most of current day representations, i aesthetically prefer the olden days of daring flamboyency (spelled that wrong i bet). Was reading some reviews on one of my favorite films the other day - In a Year With 13 Moons, and was taken aback at how strongly people disagree with it based on what it means to be "trans", so for me in that sense the trend is going off a little, taking too personally things that should be seen in a more accurate context. People also do this for films with say a scene with black face and trees messing with helpless ladies (Evil Dead), yep, to summarize my thoughts, folks gotta lighten up!
pride49 · 26-30, M
Pandering? Eh, I haven't noticed much. Just give me the address of known homophobes I can rape and kill....that came out...bad
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Liberalism? 🤷‍♀️
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@BlueMetalChick oh yes. Social liberalism.
In my place, liberal is bad word to them.
BlueMetalChick · 26-30, F
@SW-User I'm an ESL. Serbian is my first language and in Serbian, words have very strict and specific definitions, so I often end up looking like a word stickler when I speak English lol
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@BlueMetalChick I understand that. Not mention English has various, slangs and idioms going to give us headache.
😂
fairefoutre · 70-79, M
Seems about right
MeowsoliniReturns · 51-55, F
Pandering how?
BlueMetalChick · 26-30, F
@SilkenMist Like those latex fetish suits lol
SilkenMist · 46-50, F
@BlueMetalChick Be as it is, but if wonder woman were protrayed as a lesbian, many men would be heart broken.
BlueMetalChick · 26-30, F
@SilkenMist Batwoman was made into a lesbian recently for the recent Netflix series and it bombed so bad. Personally I disliked it because her entire origin story begins with her becoming a superhero because her husband was a police officer who was killed in the line of duty. A lesbian wouldn't have a husband.
basilfawlty89 · 31-35, M
I think there is some pandering, but I do think representation matters and as long as they don't tokenize LGBT and actually make well thought out characters I don't see the issue.
BlueMetalChick · 26-30, F
@basilfawlty89 Like when they cast a Black girl as Ariel in the Little Mermaid, but kept the rest of the actors the same races as they were in the original Disney film.

Oddly, the same people who defended that decision and claimed it only upset the racist people who didn't want Black people in movies are the exact same people who constantly bitch about "whitewashing" and the casting of White actors in roles of characters that were not White in the source material. Perfect example, the film adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Most of the characters in the cartoon show were Asiatic or Native of some kind, Inuit, Eskimo, Koryak, and so on. And yet almost the entire cast of the movie was White.
basilfawlty89 · 31-35, M
@BlueMetalChick yeah. Done properly, representation should be encouraged. Black Panther was well made and had a majority black cast. It wasn't forced or tokenized and actually had well written and well thought out characters.

 
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