It’s been a while, I realize, since either of my two sides have had anything to say.The absence is largely due to focusing a lot more on the youtube channel lately. However we plan to get back to the writing and the blogging and such things,and something like this is as good an instance as any to start up again.
One of the Literally Who’s has resurfaced again.After a long period of time during which she was taking a break from the Gamergate conflict.
And by,”taking a break”, he means stopped using her own account and pretended to post using someone elses. Brianna Wu came back from his/her fiftieth or sixtieth retreat from Twitter and is already dropping a massive load on the community again.
This time the wretched turd took the shape of an article that she co-wrote on the Mary Sue with Ellen McGrody in which they declare unabashedly that Samus Aran is a transwoman.Because….. derpitty-doo.
Their reasoning comes from an obscure statement made by Hirofumi Matsuoka, one of the original graphic designers, where it was stated that Samus was a “newhalf”. Canonically this is meant to reference the fact that Samus is genetically part human and part Chozo, a race of bird-like progenitor aliens.Making her half human and half alien.However through the application of some rather….interesting logic those who wrote the article made the assumption that the term was a japanese way of saying that Samus was a “shemale” and have declared that Samus is really a transwoman.Citing her “traditionally masculine appearance” as one piece of evidence.By that meaning that Samus stands at a very tall 6′ 3″ and is rather well built for a woman.At least for a woman who does not run around engaging in intense physical activity on a regular basis.However they seem to have overlooked the part.
Very interestingly is this paragraph that follows closely after their declaration.
“Looking to negate Matsuoka’s remark, some gamers have pointed to a FAQ on the Japanese Zero Mission site by Yoshio Sakamoto, co-director of Metroid. There he says Samus being a newhalf is not impossible, but unlikely. Others have pointed to Samus’s portrayals as a child in Metroid Zero Mission, Metroid Other M, and official manga as proof that she is actually a cisgender woman.”
Despite the fact that not too many words before this they had been using an obscurely phrased offhand remark by a graphics designer as their only source of evidence for their claim,they quickly dismiss similiar evidence that they are incorrect.However I think it’s this portion here that is fairly telling.
“No matter what fans say, the intent of the creator is the only opinion that really matters. When J.K. Rowling announced that Dumbledore from Harry Potter was gay, that was the end of the discussion. Some fans couldn’t accept or understand it, but her public statement was the only source that mattered. It’s an authorial acknowledgement that this character, like any, can realistically be queer or transgender without it having to define them.”
Now they say that it is ultimately the intent of the creator that matters most of all.I’ll refrain from getting into my feelings on the whole “Death of the Author” thing at this moment and perhaps save it for another date.The salient point here however is that the person that they are claiming to quote,Hirofumi Matsuoka, is not the creator of Samus. The games characters were conceived of by Makoto Kano and Samus herself was designed by Hiroji Kiyotake.They are the ones that are credited with the creation of Samus.Matsuoka was merely some random person on the design team.And both of them designed Samus to be a woman.
The change in her appearance that they reference above is because the initial design for Samus was based off of Ellen Ripley in Aliens.Then later games referenced Kim Bassinger from 9 1/2 Weeks.Because art styles have this tendency to evolve over time and the graphical limitations of the original Nintendo did not allow for a wide colour palette.Meaning that they could not have made Samus blonde if they had wanted to.Much in the same way that Princess Peach was originally a brunette until technology meant that she could have the blonde hair that she was always supposed to have.
Of course to know that they would have actually had to have picked up a game at some point in their lives.
Within a few hours the SJ crowd had been in full flurry changing Samus’s Wikipedia article to declare her the first trans character in games (which she wouldn’t be even if she were trans), and foaming at the mouth over all of the people that are telling her that they’re wrong.
Yeah,that’s right.Point out that they’re wrong about Samus and you’re an evil person who hates trans people and were responsible for the death of a random person that probably only exists inside of the Wu-Machines head.
You know,I’m just going to come right out and say it.Brianna,if your friend really killed herself because of something similiar to a few people disagreeing over a video game character…..your friend was never destined to make it in this world.
You scream “cisnormativity” and “transgender erasure” but you’re the one trying to change people here.You’re the one erasing people’s identities and changing them to suit your narrative.As always the real culprit of the things that you claim to hate is just you yourself.Why not just actually focus on the transcharacters that really exist?I think her partner in crime said it best later on after the debunking happened.
So much for the authors intent being the final word.Finality is dependent upon cohesiveness with the narrative apparently.