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I Got A Rep To Create

I've told a few people that I'm trying to create a comic book miniseries starring a black character.  A real special series, not just to do it, but to make it great.

My reason is simple:  every major character I've created so far, with one possible exception, is white, and I don't want people getting the wrong idea about me.

(For those wondering about the possible exception, it takes a little explanation.  The voice of Frylock from Aqua Teen Hunger Force?  That's what I picture Raff from Stress Puppy sounding like.  The voice may be a black man's, but Raff is a golden retriever, not a human, so I'm not sure if he would qualify as an actual black character given the universe he inhabits.  Besides, comic strips don't have "voices".)

Each of my black friends that I mention this to looks at me in surprise.  The reaction is usually along the lines of, "Wrong idea?  You're just creating what you're familiar with.  You're not racist.  Anyone who talks to you for more than ten seconds will realize that.  Why would you think anyone would get the wrong idea?"

The reason is this:  there is a web site claiming that My Little Pony -- Friendship Is Magic is actually a metaphor for white pride.

No.  I'm not kidding.

The site points out that Ponyville is modeled on a Western European village, like in, say, Germany, with environments, structures, layouts, and shops reflecting that.  "It teaches that there is nothing wrong with being white!  It's just too bad this important lesson has to be taught subversively in a kids' cartoon instead of out in the open!"  And keep in mind that, whenever someone draws a human version of Twilight Sparkle but depicts her as black or Asian, bronies start raging that people are misrepresenting the character.

If people can misinterpret a cartoon about candy-colored ponies THAT fucking bad, it scares me how they'll misinterpret my stuff.  I'm trying to nip this in the bud.


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May. 3rd, 2013 04:44 am (UTC)
People are going to think what people are going to think. You can't control that. If a really good black character shows up in your head and gives you a story, then by all means write it, but don't go doing something just to make people think a certain way (or prevent them from thinking a certain way). Chances are it won't work.
May. 3rd, 2013 10:18 am (UTC)
Oh, absolutely. I don't want to be accused of just "getting it over with," I want to make something that genuinely stands on its own, just happening to feature a black character. I just want to make it the best I can is all. I'm passing on ideas that are too simple or too typical.
May. 3rd, 2013 04:45 am (UTC)
I'm with your black friends, frankly ... my characters tend to be white because I'm white, and if haters want to hate -- they should go somewhere else. Having said that, I am making more of an effort to bring diversity to my supporting characters, and that probably amounts to the same thing you're trying to do.
May. 3rd, 2013 10:18 am (UTC)
Diversity is what I'm after here. I just want to do the best I can.
May. 5th, 2013 06:20 am (UTC)
Nothing wrong with that.
May. 4th, 2013 12:35 am (UTC)
Do your thing!
An author named J.J. Joenes wrote a fantasy with a black lead character.
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