i’m so sick of people saying hannibal is bad queer representation because he’s a villain.
queer coding villians is a problem because their queerness is written to be the reason they’re evil. it’s an adjective used to make them more lecherous, more sinful. this is a huge problem, but if you conclude that problem by saying ‘villians can never be written as queer and the only good lgbt rep we can have are pure, morally perfect characters’, you’re completely missing the point.
hannibal is a fantastically written queer villian because his queerness has no influence over his sadism. him being evil has absolutely nothing to do with him being queer. he’s evil because he murders, manipulates, and cannibalizes people. he’s queer because he’s in love with a man.
as opposed to classic queer coded villians, hannibal being in love with will is seen as the only truly good part about him - that he’s capable of love, rather than simply violence.
let us have queer villians. queer antiheros. queer morally-gray characters. queerness in fiction being accepted only when it’s in relation to absolutely perfect gold-hearted characters is ridiculous. ‘good queer representation’ isn’t isolated to morally good characters. good queer representation is when a character’s queerness has no hold over their moral compass at all.
genuinely my fave thing about HxH is that literally every single person who interacts with the protag is like “wow you are kind of fucked up. why are you so fucked up, little man?” and he’s just like :D and then they’re like “wild. keep on rockin’ you funky little freak” and the kid is like “yes sir i will sir thank you!!!”
Good morning I have aged a year
things in undertale that are, hauntologically, ghosts: a flower imbued with the powdered essense of a child, rewakened into animation and awareness by the injection of liquid willpower. the framing and mechanics of a narrative, letting slip things it knows the protagonist shouldn’t, its memories surfacing upon every in-game death. the souls of dead children, wavering voiceless colors, who they were in life only revealed from the items they left behind. a man shattered across time and space, and the wandering mouthpieces of his story (fellow lost ones? or mere tendrils of himself?) that noone else can see.
things in undertale that aren’t ghosts: the subspecies of monster that look like bedsheet lumps and posses objects that everyone calls “ghosts“. skeletons.
Ali was kind but he wasn’t a push-over. He confronted his boss about the money, first verbally and then physically. He talks back at Han Mi-nyeo when she said racist things.
He wasn’t stupid for trusting Sang-Woo. Sang-Woo had shown kindness with the ramen and bus ticket, teaching Korean games, outsmarting tug-o-war and letting Ali call him hyung (which is not a small matter). No matter Sang-Woo’s true intention behind all those actions, it would be difficult for many people to not feel a sense of trust towards him.
Many immigrants have a disadvantage in the system because of not being fluent in the language, not knowing the culture, and in Ali’s case, not having the legal backup. So if you wanna see it from a more practical viewpoint, it was in Ali’s favor to become friends with Sang-Woo. It did help him get along in the game.
Ali wasn’t dumb for being kind and trustful. It’s because of that he got to join the group. It was logical and human of him to be that.
It’s that capitalism punishes the human nature of kindness. But Ali’s kindness does have a lasting impact, Gi-Hun is alive because of him. Your kindness does matter, even if the system actively punishes you for it.