For those that were busy or avoiding the blog on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I talked about the Pervert Character this week. It was a gamble given what the character is known for and how people respond to it. A few people in the comments talked to me and I think we agreed that it might be cultural because you see them predominantly in anime and manga. This I expected and believed beforehand. Yet, there is a curious thing that I realized throughout the week.
People were saying that these characters are irredeemable and couldn’t be forgiven even if they were peeping toms. Keep in mind that this wasn’t about rapists, but the anime perverts that peep, grope, jump for kisses, and do other things that TYPICALLY get them BRUTALLY BEATEN! I think people ignored the results of these actions because there is NEVER a reward. Again, cultural where there’s an acceptance that it’s fiction and gets more leeway. Seriously, we really seem to put more standards on our fiction than on our reality. This isn’t even the main thing that I realized.
I have written posts about serial killers, assassins, thieves, murderers, psychopaths, vigilantes, warriors, badasses, and other types that use violence to solve problems. Each time I brought up this topic, I got a lot of comments about how they are used and popular examples. Dexter was brought up as an example where we look at him as a hero and hope for redemption, but he’s still a SERIAL KILLER! So, I was kind of shocked how the Pervert posts managed to scare off some people and get judged in a way that the violent ones never did. The sex had everyone uncomfortable and deeming the characters irredeemable. The violence is accepted because . . . it’s entertaining? We really are a fucked up people if we can forgive a character who murders his way through a double-decker bus of enemies and scream for the death of one that copped a feel then got that same bus dropped on their head. People brought up power and consent, but those things are being broken when you kill someone too. I bet I could set up a series of posts in a few months about a violent character and get more results than this week.
Anyway, this is an observation and I’m sure people will respond by giving me their cultural insight. Yet, I don’t really think that’s what we should look at. It should be personal. Why are you able to accept violent character, but not perverted ones? Why can you forgive one and not the other when they are both crossing a line? What about the fact that many of the perverts described are punished for their actions while the violent ones are almost praised for their slaughters?