Is it just me, or is homosexuality no big deal? The oversaturation of the homosexual lifestyle in the media is irritating on the verge of sickening. It seems as if it’s being treated like this incredible magical thing to be gay. From my stand point they’re no different than the rest of us; a bunch of assholes trying to live their lives. I think it’s time to leave them alone, and more importantly, stop shoving the idea ‘it’s ok to be gay’ down everyone’s throats. I have something important on that topic. If people know it’s ok to be gay then there’s no need to continue on this trend. If they don’t at this point, you’re certainly not changing anyone’s mind by showing these boring stories with token characters.
Shoving gay characters into a story for no other reason than to check off something you think is needed ultimately makes the story weaker by calling attention to a needless subplot. Remember in my SAO post when I talked about the shitty romance in that show? WELL that’s what Hollywood is doing with homosexuality. Pandering to an audience is the WORST way to write a story. I get it, you want to make money, but do you remember how much money Deadpool made? And do you remember the gay romance in that film? Exactly. That’s not to say that gay romance is always a bad, just token… well anything.
I’m playing a game right now called Shadow of War. If you’re a gamer and haven’t heard of this game or its previous game Shadow of Mordor, definitely check it out it’s an excellent game. Well, this game has a token black and token Asian characters. (NOTE: it is theoretically possible that these characters are not token, but there’s something to be said that there are three non white characters in the entire game and LOTR got some backlash for not having any ‘minority’ characters in the movies) the black character is the protagonist of a DLC (Down loadable content i.e. extra gameplay added after the game’s release) plotline who appears in cut scenes in the main game. He is my second least favorite character. I haven’t even gotten myself to suffer through his plotline. The Asian characters are a pair of twins who become ringwraiths. One of the exceptional quest lines of the game gets into some ringwraith lore. It was a fun boss fight but their back-story pulled me out of the game a little since there was no previous mention of a land full of primarily Asians and suddenly, out of the blue, there’s a back-story cut scene with exactly that.
I say it’s theoretically possible that these characters aren’t token because I am writing a story of my own and two of the characters happened to be black. I say happened to be because as I was writing their dialogue and personalities my mind decided they were black. If that makes me a racist, just wait until you see my next post. That’s how characters should be written. Their race shouldn’t matter even if it happens to be an all white cast. Characters should be measured based off of their character (Oh BoY wHaT a ThOuGhT)
There was one time that the ‘token black guy’ sort of worked in my opinion. I don’t even think it was token but the viewers didn’t seem too happy. Im talking about the Netflix adaptation of Death Note where they cast L, the lead detective, as a black guy. The reason I think it worked and it wasn’t token was because I thought he played L’s character beautifully right until the end when they did a poor jop writing L’s reaction to the death of a certain character. I won’t spoil it even though the film isn’t really worth watching, but that actor did splendidly. The only other actor I felt did well in that film was Willem Dafoe as Ryuk, a god of death, but let’s be honest that was more down to his voice than his acting ability. It’s just too bad that the film was bad over all, ruined by, guess what, a SHITTY ROMANCE BETWEEN THE MAIN CHARACTERS! FULL CIRCLE, or mostly full as the characters weren’t gay. I do see I’ve gone a touch off topic, but at the end of the day, being gay means so little that it didn’t even make a full blog post. Gay is no different than straight so STOP TALKING ABOUT IT!