DO YOU EVER SEE THIS PERSON ONLINE YOU REALLY WANNA TALK TO BUT YOU ARE TOO SHY TO DO IT BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE YOU ARENT ON THEIR LEVEL AND JUS T
there is no reason for him to have a bandage around his head here
but i imagine he put it on himself
he probably had a headache for the first time and had no idea what it was or how to fix it
It’s ok Noiz, fandom hit its head and forgot the previous ep too. (And so did the animators since Noiz’s blood disappeared at the end of his ep eey.) Pic source.
I think the most important question every single self proclaimed Mink hater (i.e. tags mink hate, badgers those who like them, uses the phrase ‘rape apologist’ a lot, you get the drift) should ask themselves is this: would you still feel such resentment towards Mink if he had lighter skin (or looked white) and was more conventionally attractive?
Basically, if Mink looked more like this:
and less like this:
would your feelings towards him be any different?
I do want to talk about this a bit, because while I’m a Mink fan myself, I have some big problems with how the narrative treats Mink and how that juxtaposes and affects how DMMD fandom generally treats Mink. I don’t disagree with OPs point, but I think there’s more to the issue than how it’s being presented here. So, a couple points of address.
1. Fandom carrying and expanding upon the racist treatment of Mink is absolutely a Thing, and while there is certainly a contingent of fans whose dislike of Mink is tinged with racism, it’s important to note that the narrative of DMMD itself presents Mink in such a way that is exploitative and racist. Please see the Magical Native American trope for more, although do note that ‘positive discrimination’ is a misnomer and that this narrative is a manifestation of the tendency to expand upon non-white individuals as ‘the other’ in a way that’s (more or less) socially acceptable. Of all the problems in Mink’s storyline, this is one I find the hardest to forgive. harukami once poised the theory to me that the existence of Mink’s so-called “mystical native ability” (ie, the whole thing about him and his people having the power to manipulate humans through the power of smell) has almost zero evidence of existing within the game itself outside of the fact that Mink smells like cinnamon. We only have Toue’s word on it, and if you consider the source, consider the idea that Mink never displays powers like these at all, consider the fact that Toue being a racist scumbag is totally plausible, it’s a pretty legitimate theory. However, it can only remain a theory because the game never confirms it one way or another—and that is another flaw in the storyline, a flaw that gives those racist implications a place to live and fester and be expanded upon in fandom.
2. On the subject of racist tropes, let’s talk about the fact that the only character in the game whose route involves violent, brutal, abusive rape is the character with dark skin. How often do you see men of color, especially men with brown and black skin, associated with violence and brutality in mainstream media? All the fucking time*. Even if you look at Mink’s storyline and can appreciate the nuances of his character, of Aoba’s decisions, of the character development that occurs, of the way that the re:connect route establishes an environment of honesty, consent, respect, and Aoba exercising his agency—the fact that the writers of DMMD felt that making the dark-skinned character a violent rapist is a shitty, racist decision. Yes, even if other characters like ViTri (and even Koujaku) commit the same crimes; DMMD doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It was a conscious decision to associate Mink’s character design and route development with these racist tropes, and that is a huge problem. That is worth criticizing and calling out, whether you’re a fan of Mink or not.
3. If you dislike Mink for any reason, that’s your prerogative. But don’t pretend that the existence of Mink, a dark-skinned character with a rapist narrative, is free from the unfortunate implications that come with it. They don’t get to be fully separate issues. They are connected. I enjoy Mink, and I enjoy Mink’s route, but I don’t get to pretend that Mink isn’t a problematic character. I definitely don’t get to pretend that the racism towards Mink was created solely by fandom, although fandom most definitely encourages and expands upon it; it has always been there, since the beginning of Mink’s character creation.
And I wish fandom would acknowledge that a little more.
* As a side note, if you’re wondering if this racist treatment towards dark-skinned individuals is a Eurocentric phenomenon that has no bearing in East Asia due to the fact that the majority of the East Asian population is non-white, it isn’t.
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Aw, look at Clear!
He’s so cute and happy because his master accepted him
Ah man, that face is just too adorable - he looks so happy and just at peace you know?
Look at this precious jellyfish! He’s so happy and I’m so happy because he’s so happy, we’re all happy her-
nononoononnoonnnononnoo nuh huh, no, nein, nada, NO