scoot67 replied to your post:Whoa, I’ve learned something new today. Some folks…Who made this rule? Is there s governing council on this? Did we vote for them?
I don’t really want to call anyone out but it’s a group of people that I’ve admired for a long time. And I’m shocked by this consensus of theirs, to be honest. I’m trying to be civil and understand their point of view - their goal is to “come to life” for the kids, after all - but I’m just really not understanding how not looking like a character is a problem. Preaching acceptance and openness at conventions but not for volunteering is pretty disingenuous, if you ask me.
Take me, for example. (And I’ve always wanted to do what they do in terms of volunteering, I admire them very much.) But I’m not tall, or muscular, or womanly, or beautiful, or really much of anything. In fact, I look like a kid, and if you saw me in real life you probably wouldn’t take a second look. My race would give me more options to work with but I’d still be pretty stuck in terms of what they’re looking for.
Ultimately, I worry that people will be discouraged from volunteering just because comics don’t reflect their diversity and because apparently you have to look like you walked off a page. This attitude bothers me very much.
It bothers me a lot, too. I won’t name names here out of respect to you, LTC, but I did on my Facebook, because I think if you want to declare an opinion (phrased like a DIRECTIVE) like that, you’d better be ready to defend it. And he wasn’t - he blocked me and deleted my comments, as I said. So you piss people off, that’s what happens, we go out and talk about it.
I’d be curious to know what became of this discussion, but… I guess I may never find out. :P
I see what you do as being just as, if not more, inspiring than “staying true to the character”. You show girls AND BOYS that they don’t have to like or be like characters that are the same gender as them. I can see the positive impact a female Captain America fan would have…
I read more of the comments on the original post and regret it. This is basically their argument: “If you’re at a convention, go for it, wear whatever you want and be whoever you want to be. But if you’re volunteering, THINK OF THE CHILDREN! You have to be as true to the character as possible! You have to look like them not only in terms of costume but also in terms of body type, weight, skin color, gender, and hair color!”
What is even this argument? Why is it SO important for children to see exactly what they see in a comic book? Why is it so important to enforce the lack of roles for POC, different gender types, disabled people, etc? Shouldn’t we be trying to help kids realize their dreams? What about when a kid gets it drilled into their head because of the volunteers that they can’t be Batman because they’re not white?
I could go on and on about how problematic this is. :(
Oh shit, is this turning into a thing? My comments on that post were deleted, btw, and I was blocked from the discussion.
I agree, terribly disappointing.