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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;

Kiersi Buckhart

Eddy Rivas

Kerry Shawcross

Miles Luna

 

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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17 Response Comments

  • Quatro Bajeena  March 4, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Wow. Rosterteeth is officially confirmed to be racist. I stopped watching their content thanks to all of their drama and the poor quality of their products, but now I want nothing to do with them at all.

    What a bunch of scumbags. Are they even human?

  • Kali  March 4, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    … Did… Did you even read what you transcribed? He didn’t say that white people can’t write, he said that they were kids when they started and as the story and the writers grew, they feel it important to grow outside their experiences to tell more varied stories from more varied viewpoints. That they want to tackle issues like racism but they want to make sure they don’t screw it up.

    The “next new minority” has nothing to do with it being “trendy to be oppressed”, the statement is in regards to their desire to have Penny’s story not just be a rehash of the Faunus one, likely because she is one-of-a-kind and with how this season went she’s going to be a direct target of hate, whereas the Faunus were oppressed as a group.

    I knew from the title it was a clickbait articls but you didn’t even try.

  • Dman2oo  March 4, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    Wow you are a true idiot if thats what you got out of this. Not once did he say white writers can’t create a good show or tell good stories about those issues. He saying when you only have a certain perspective on an issue like segregation its hard to make it authentic and you need to a diverse view to give you new angles and thought processes. Having your entire creative team be from one background will obviously limit your viewpoint whether thats white, black, asian and so on. Also, even if he had been saying that it would be difficult for white people to write stories about the struggles of a minority how are you offended by that. You dont know what you haven’t experienced and in the racial sense white people have never been a minority. So how would you be able to write from the minorities perspective without just making assumptions. Granted you can be marginalized as a white person with like physical, mental, or social differences but faunas are a different race so how would you even understand a minorities perspective on that

  • Brandon  March 4, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    Anyone can write about “minority” problems. There is this magical thing that many intelligent people call HISTORY. With the power of the INTERNET you too can read about history and get a good look at the problems minorities faced in the past.

    He was using that “two white guys” comment as a way of saying they themselves don’t understand the struggles of minorities in a light hearted way. Why does everyone need to make everything so dramatic? Its just a show, with its own story written however they want to write it.

    IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT THEN DON’T WATCH IT. Its really just that simple. Don’t want to hear about anyone political ignorance when I just want to watch a great show.

  • Jared Monroe  March 4, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    I don’t think that’s a fair response to this article. In fact, I don’t think this article is fair to the question nor miles’ response.

    First off that question hints nothing toward the notion of being a minority as “trendy.” This person clearly made the assumption based on earlier episodes when penny stated that she was the “first” of her kind. And if you know anything about any military it’d be that during war no matter how small of a gap it is, gaining the upper hand on your enemies is of the highest importance. Someone like a military general would go to great lengths to gain that position of power during a war. So this person assumed that there would be more new weapons (and I use that term very loosely) just like penny. Seeing how great penny turned out, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more in the future.

    And honestly how TF do you produce/publish sufficient entertainment without hitting a couple if not all real world and political topics?! Like seriously I gotta know how YOU would keep YOUR audience engaged without adding a couple political/real world events…?!

    Now I understand the “your own logic back at you” thing, but to actually suggest them not caring for real world minorities is a bit too far. In fact miles stated

    “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.”

    Obviously their suggesting that they have nothing but the viewers best in mind.

    (Off topic)
    Honestly, in my personal opinion, I think they did a wonderful job with the faunus minority system. The universe of remnant is not meant to be set to scale with the real world, just real world problems.

    We already know that rooster teeth is a small company and still pretty fresh off the press (and even if they aren’t that young, which by the way I’ve seen their other content and trust me their still considered young) as Bajeena stated they have/had major drama and on top of being small, they might not have the resources or money to expand their company at the moment. When most people look to getting into the industry they’re not trying to sit around and wait and build and lift an entire company off the ground. (No. They shoot straight for the Giants. So maybe rooster teeth hasn’t gotten any minorities whom would like to apply to be a writer. Maybe they require a certain criteria on someone’s application in order for them to be hired.

    Have you ever written a script and dialogue for multiple web series, designed games and merch, not to mention answering fan mail, made even more web series to keep your fans feeling involved in the growth of your company AND kept your company transparent because you want your fans to understand that what you’re trying to build is not just a business but a family?!

    Not to mention whatever else they have to deal with that they are telling their fans and dedicated haters. Oh! Like bills and paychecks…! You have no idea what goes on behind the scenes. What problems they have to deal with that they don’t want their fans (especially their dedicated haters) to find out, because at the core of any company no matter how transparent they want their fans to only remember the good times.

    Ok so what, they have poor products. Try comparing the iPod shuffle to the iPhone 11 and tell me how far you think Apple came fighting a goliath like android and Google. And what, do you think other (production) companies don’t have in-house disputes…? Do you think all actors/actresses that star on a single show all get along…? No. Most actors/actresses hate working with people they don’t completely agree with but they do it anyway because it’s their job. They don’t always go around telling people the problems they have with the other actors/actresses/production crew. Rooster teeth simply took this a step further by making their company more transparent than most if not all. Hell they could just as easily switch up the staff and simply say “it was time for a change of pace” any time someone asks.

    So how about before posting negative responses to an already biased article you stop and think “hmm…is it really smart of me to post this?”

  • KorgCrimson  March 5, 2020 at 2:50 am

    To all of the ignorant D Bags saying that white people can’t know segregation and oppression. Try growing up being one of the few white kids in a black dominated neighborhood before running your mouths. Try being jumped and ganged up on because you aren’t matching in skin color. Having rocks chucked through your windows, eggs smeared all over your cars, and all around living in fear with the prayer that you can eventually escape that hell. ITS THE EXACT SAME THING! I know this is a very difficult (and ironic) concept but racism does not discriminate. White people can be victims of racism just the same as a black person, an asian, a mexican, etc. Its the people that say this isn’t true that serve as a good part of the reason why racism is STILL an issue in today’s society. As far as what Miles said. I don’t believe he was trying to be racist, but I don’t exactly find the comment to be in good taste either. Main point here is simple. Think before you speak.

  • Xenizate  March 5, 2020 at 3:17 am

    Fucking dumbass

  • Throwaway  March 5, 2020 at 3:25 am

    Yknow if you’re going to make thinly veiled accusations of racism you shouldn’t then put your foot in your mouth by referring to Eddy Rivas as “white people”. Maybe you should focus on providing entertainment instead of writing trashy clickbait.

  • neckbeards mad lol  March 5, 2020 at 4:36 am

    this is like … barely an article. i’ve seen bathroom graffiti more thought through than this and when he said eddy was white i gut laughed. it just rapidly devolved into a temper tantrum about… uh, listening to minorities i guess?? over some c lister who will never know this guy exists admitting he wasn’t the most nuanced or self aware writer when he was younger?? i couldn’t think of something more stupid to get upset about if i was paid for it

  • SilverBlazeX  March 5, 2020 at 4:45 am

    I was going to comment but the second comment instead pretty much said all I was going to say. Additionally, don’t make click bait dude and lastly, don’t make Miles look bad like this. He answered very well to a very specifically put question. He didn’t insinuate white guys can’t write. Smh

  • Jason messler  March 5, 2020 at 4:55 am

    I’m sorry, but that is what he said. Whether he meant to or not, he just threw an entire race of people under the bus, and people don’t care because it was white people. He effectively said ” I don’t feel that we, as two white dudes, can adequately write a story involving the concepts of race, segregation, and/or minorities.” Why bring his race up at all unless he’s saying that it’s a factor in his writing?

  • Markdoka  March 5, 2020 at 5:20 am

    Rooster Teeth and their ilk are a bunch of f*cking racists. The fact that they “blame White men” for their failures is proof that their rock solid stupidity is showing.

    I don’t care anymore if they go defunct or went out of business. I would GLADLY piss on their graves if they ever happened. Tragic since Rooster Teeth used to be quite sane and rational, especially 10 years ago.

  • NoName  March 5, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Keep this up and you are gonna lose all your creditably. You are nothing more than a whiny soyboy.

  • Nyantrash  March 5, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Oh look. They quietly edited out the bit where they called Eddie Rivas “white people” without acknowledging that they fucked up. What were they saying about classic rules for thee not for me? What a freaking hypocrite.

  • NyanNet  March 6, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    In a segment of the report where we literally wrote “Honestly, these kinds of questions are silly” , you and about 2 other people out of everyone who viewed this, somehow completely missed the point of that satire. So now it’s even more clear. Your welcome!

  • Eggroll  March 8, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    So, it seems as though you may have missed the point. They never said that white guys can’t write minority characters, they essentially said that it would be better to have diversity to better portray an issue that they don’t really have experience with. They don’t want to misarticulate the experience of real people who do exist.

  • Mudy  March 9, 2020 at 8:26 am

    In addition to what’s already been said, in your own transcript of the Q&A segment, neither Miles nor the person asking the question ever said that they thought the writing for the Faunus was even bad to begin with. So wtf is with including that in the title of your article??

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