As Chandler might have said, could this character be
more of a tickboxing exercise?
Sadly no. I have no objection to female, black, LGBT characters obviously. The only thing I do have a problem with is when tv producers, writers and actors act like they are so fabulous just because they have a black, LGBT, female character.
Who the fuck cares in this day and age? Red Dwarf's leading man was black, Xena's two leading characters are bisexual women, Charmed all female main cast, and its longest running supporting male character was a black man etc.
When these shows came out (I might add 20 in some cases 30 years ago) it wasn't even mentioned. They just got on with it and that was that!
Fact is representation doesn't matter anymore. It did matter in the 60's when black people and LGBT people were being discriminated against by our society, but in the modern age? No they aren't. Certainly not within the entertainment industry. Hell a lot of entertainers make being gay their act!
Thus obviously whilst I am not saying don't do anything with black, LGBT, female heroes. Do as many as you want and if they are great like Xena I'll love them. However writers/directors/actors should stop doing the following things.
1/ Stop making out they are fucking heroes just because they cast black, female, LGBT characters or out a tv character. It doesn't matter, nobody cares who this fictional character wants to fuck. Only if they are interesting.
2/ Stop demanding that established characters be changed into something they are not just for the sake of this stupid diversity bullshit. Obviously there is no problem with say casting a black man as a character like the Kingpin whose race is utterly irrelevant. However some characters have a particular look where their race is important (its a two way street of course, Blade couldn't be a white guy.) And certainly don't try and make out that sexuality and gender are not important in the identity of just about every character.
3/ Please for the love of God stop highlighting in the show itself when you have a black, LGBT, female character by having them constantly go on about white people, men, straight CIS people etc to show how edgy and progressive you are like in that shit fest of a show Supergirl.
Sadly it appears Bill judging from the actresses comments about representation and Moffat's recent track record is going to be an example of this. I could be wrong and if so great. Still I have a nagging feeling that is what it is going to be.
I never get this bullshit from people like Pearl Mackie of "growing up I never felt my story was told because there wasn't someone with the same skin pigmentation as me on tv." So fucking what? Again I can understand that in the 60's when black people were being told they were inferior, but now?
As a Scots man (who are a minority) I don't give a fuck how many Scottish heroes there are on tv. Why does a person having the same accent or skin pigmentation or sexual preferences mean I can relate to them, particularly when they are a superhero FFS. Its just such a stupid thing to care about in the modern world.