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Creating Homophobic Characters

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at 16 Feb 2013: 09:12

I've noticed a few artists have created homophobic,or bigoted characters. To me that just seems idiotic. Is it the appeal of making a character that people love to hate,or an insight into how much of an ass the creator of that character is. Yes I know everything isn't sunshine and rainbows but that sort of thing just doesn't make sense to me.

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at 16 Feb 2013: 13:44

>>1
Sometimes you use extreme characters or situations as a way of increasing the magnitude of something. The stark contrast makes it easier to see. The world isn't as black and white, but sometimes it is useful to simplify.

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at 16 Feb 2013: 15:13

>>1

I agree. All fictional characters should share my exact same values at all times.

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at 18 Feb 2013: 20:22

Such are characters. Well, at the base of it, we're talking about fiction.
It depends, really. Some may do it as they want a character who adds conflict or tension with other characters. Some might want to express how bad such bigotry and homophobia are. Maybe some like those things in a fantasy setting for whatever reason..
Maybe some just wanna push some buttons. Hard to say.

They are not necessarily a stand-in for their creator, although that is also a possibility. Some are just doing the author sort of thing, making a character for the sake of, well, it's fiction.
Sometimes abhorrent things can be fascinating to see or explore in fiction, even if it's not what one really thinks.

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at 3 Mar 2013: 20:04

Worse still if it's an attractive-looking homophobe character. It becomes a "don't look, don't touch" situation.

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