i don’t understand why it has to be about queer representation and POC representation and starting a movement. i’m probably ignorant in some respects, but at least as a queer person, like - i don’t like things with queer characters simply because the characters are queer - i like them because i’m interested, queer characters or not.
i don’t judge something’s value on how inclusive it is, or how many boundaries it crosses or sets. to me, if something is good, it’s good. i like it because i am invested, because i like the way it makes me feel. not because it feels like All Parties Are Being Equally Represented and therefore it passes everyone’s imagined equality tests. i feel somewhat alone in this, and also somewhat stupid. but it just really is that simple to me. i don’t see why i should have to judge something based on objective standards - i’m subjective by nature because i’m a human with certain interests and things that i like.
don’t get me wrong - representation is great. but also… who cares? either like the thing or don’t like the thing. don’t praise or condemn it for what it does or doesn’t do. feel free to praise or condemn it because you’re a thinking human, but the social justice justification feels unnecessary. it also just makes people like me, who take little stock in that kind of thing, feel ignorant and ashamed for no real reason.