Some of the RWBY cast from Rooster Teeth had a panel at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo ( Feb 28-Mar 1, 2020 ).
During the panel an attendee asked CRWBY a rather long winded question regarding the Faunus, racism, and minorities, in RWBY.
Here is a rough transcription of the question and answer. The quality of the video is spotty and the room is noisy so bear with me, though the hyperlink is also above;
“Uh, Jello Chicago. Um, The show has had -????- minority group and second part is maybe their animal characteristics make them less then human like a cat with cat ears or you can’t buy good shoes since you have hooves. But since they are fighting their way out of the minority group with all the plots resolved and work that’s been done by the charters it seems like synthetic people like the Protector of Atlas has become the next new minority. How are you going to set her and set her kind of…the new culture, experiences, apart from the rest of the population? So it’s not just like their different kingdom but their their own group with their own identity?”
Before I even get to Miles’ response can I point out how odd the question is with phrasing like “the next new minority”? Almost like people think it’s trendy to be oppressed, or wants some victim points or something, really weird mindset. Anyways, here’s the response…
…Again, disclaimer, that this is a rough transcription and not 100% accurate;
“That’s a wonderfully insightful question, thank you for that. So Penny I think.. Oo, I’ve been working on Volume 8 for awhile so I have to be careful not to say Volume 8 things. Um, I do think Penny is interesting, Penny is one of a kind and we did get a little bit in Volume 7 into the Protector of Mantle story line and Penny and if she can be trusted. I don’t think it’s our intent to portray another marginalized, minority, group with synthetic people since currently Penny is the only one and all the other ones are sort of Atlesean droids and stuff. I also think if we were to do that we would want to make sure to take the time to do it right. I think to be completely honest we were like 22 when we started writing RWBY and when your young you want to be like let’s make a show about good things and good morals and touch on this, this, and this! I think it could be really interesting and really important to have a show with you know, some segregation and let’s talk about racism and minorities and stuff. And I think we were a little too ambitious for like a 15 minute… at the time a 5 minute long show, especially with like two white guys writing it.
I think you know as the lore and the characters continue to get bigger and bigger and bigger we want to continue and make our writers room bigger and bigger and bigger and more diverse. I think the more voices you can have in a room with a varied background will ultimately give you something better cause everyone brings something to the table. Like we said earlier and its core that’s what RWBY is all about, like coming together for one thing. Understanding we are all people on one planet all trying to get along and so I think that’s a super interesting question. I think we would want to be sure we do something like that right and take the time to really flesh it out. I hope I answered your question, thank you very much.”
Here is the “2 white guys writing it” clip, the entire question and answer is too lengthy to upload on-site;
So it sounds like Miles believes white guys can’t write well about those above issues, if I understood him properly?
I believe this is the current roster for writers in RWBY;
If we go by what Miles told us, I guess we should hope that RWBY doesn’t tackle anymore “minority issues” , etc, until they get some more diverse writers!
If I recall correctly, Eddy and Kiersi were brought on for Volume 7 so they have been added recently… Why not get more diversity? Do they actually NOT care about the “minority issues” they act like they care about? Or maybe classic rules for thee, not for me?
Honestly, these kinds of questions are silly to me, however it’s their own logic being turned back at them. Of course its silly, the take itself in my humble opinion is bad to begin with.
RWBY should focus on providing entertainment, not trying to make “current year political statements” and using their audience to push such views onto.
( Thank you @gamewizard02 for the news tip! )
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