But can i bring your attention to something? "Its a trap" …is an insensitive meme which insults the LGBT community for two reasons. First off, lots of transgender women see them selves as just that ...women, not “as traps”. They are human beings with feelings. Secondly... that it is, by default, seen as undesirable to find a potential transgender woman as attractive...at-least on a physical level. If Jamie Lee Curtis came out tomorrow and said " the rumors were right, i was born with both genatalia" id be like...you were still hot in true lies !
Resouce: A simple Google search on poison or roxy (streetfighter) will provide you with adequate detail on the "Poison controversy". You’ll either get the streetfighter wiki, or her official Wikipedia page first. To save time, essentially they say the same thing... it's inconclusive:
Poison was officially a woman in the first released version of Final Fight. But for overseas realease, one of the creators of the game left a defamatory remark (newtype)when trying to pass the female character (poison) off to American markets as “really a guy”, so that feminist groups wouldn’t get pissed that men were beating up women(this was before chun-li). Ironically, this wasn’t enough and so Americans poison was turned into a male character named sid. Its also ironic because men & women should be equal in the eyes of many feminist. Long story short, capcom poked fun at the matter making controversial/contradictory statements, and then retracted several statements that might have seemed offensive; Ono being amongst the loudest. For this reason, and this reason alone, it became an assumption amongst some fans that poison was infact some sort of cross between a man/woman…even though Capcom as a whole has never come out officially with that.
Poison’s creator , Akira, stated that he never intended poison to be a male character; as a matter of fact…he created her to add variation to a very male cast. However, poison is a VERY popular character due to her mysterious and controversial past, so they never closed the door on that possibility either. They made the smartest (albeit blandast) PR statement they could “that it was ultimately up to the fans imagination” and that’s were they left it. She can be seen as TG for those that identify with that, or simply as an attractive woman like her palette swap sister from FF, Roxy. Poison is popular with a lot of her fans because of the mystery and history behind the character.
My problem with the “it’s a trap” gag is that it's an old, tired, cliché ! One that is just designed to grief legitimate fans of poison. It’s just like racist jokes my friends mom used to say…its just cringe worthy and unnecessary! Gamers already have a bad reputation as it is, without this type of stuff. Im not tryin ta bust balls here, but just think about that before making such jokes next times.
Just some food for thought.
I actually agree with alot of your statements.
I also agree that arguing over the make believe biological origins of a fictional character (sensationalized by fans) doesn’t hold any weight in reality. Thus rendering any argument to poisons "actual gender” laughable.(However, I would like to point out that transgender women are allowed to participate in the Olympics along side other-women; so long as some requirements (including 2 years of hormone therapy) meet the criteria.
But just to be clear of any misunderstandings: I quoted Posion's creator himself (Akira Yasuda) when i said “leave it up to the individual fans.” He created Posion to be female. But ultimately, It was out of his hands, through the many failed concessions (wrong or not) capcom tried to undertake in order to appease American (overseas) ports of the game. Ono simply retracted his statements, in order to reflect what Akira said.
I seriously wasn’t trying to piss you off and apologize if I did! I agree, this went too far! Fact is… in this context Posion is hot, and most definitely a woman! Nuff said !Who cares about silly gamer politics right? Take care buddy, no hard feelings