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See, making the villain a bigot is such LAZY writing. I remember when Brian Michael Bendis had Doctor Doom use sexist language and it felt SO out of place! He's Doctor Doom, he doesn't buy into bigotry, and in one series, he fucking calls out Count Dracula on his cries of racism for when Dracula is trying to say that humans hating vampires is racist.

That was a really righteous moment.

And yeah, the Parasol Protectorate does a great job of looking at the institutionalized sexism and upholding of white beauty (Alexia's mom is constantly afraid of Alexia getting a tan), and really portrayed it well in the Victorian era. It failed with how they portrayed the gay characters...

Writing my own superhero series, which is based in our present time, I feel that there's a fine line to walk, because while I don't want to erase bigotry from the world, I don't want to deny its existance either and go over the top. Heck, in Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel, they openly discussed how racism impacts a man of colour, Adam Brasher, in a frank, open, and honest way, and kept it front and center alongside the main storyline. And there was a lot to it, I had to read it multiple times in order to get it all, and not once was the N-Word used, that's how good the writing was.

It also just seems to suggest that the writers have no idea how to portray minorities without that bigotry, like they can't exist without it and they'd have no discerning character traits. Lazy lazy writing.

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