A pretty big part of the controversies surrounding Cyberpunk has been the lack of representation of trans character by just about every woke game “journalist” out there. And I’m sitting here wondering how the hell they missed one of the most interesting characters in the game that just so happens to be trans.
Okay, I think it’s safe to say that certain game “reviewers” didn’t do a good job at reviewing this game. Instead, they used their review (cough… Polygon… cough, cough) to complain about the lack of representation in Cyberpunk and you’ve even had reviewers admit to skipping most of the game. Then you’ve got those white knights that’ll defend everything their colleagues write even when they obviously didn’t do a very good job.
I’m not saying that Cyberpunk doesn’t have issues. It very clearly does on certain platforms. What I’m talking about is the woke game “journalist” that made it their mission to paint this game in a negative light over the lack of LGBT representation.
Reviewers have said that this game “perpetuates transphobia” and that they “didn’t meet a single character of any significance,”. How about the one person that said they didn’t “encounter any meaningful trans NPCs”.
Polygon’s Carolyn Petit wrote, “I could have forgiven it if the rest of the game took strides to humanize trans identities, but boy, it sure doesn’t,”
“In my 40-plus hours in Night City, I never met a single character of any significance whom the game made clear was trans, and one of the only queer-coded characters I encountered was an extremely unsavory cybernetic surgeon who does extremely unsavory things,” Petit continued.
Here’s a quote from CBR’s Anthony Gramuglia
“It seems odd that reviewers who have played anywhere from 40 to 60 hours have yet to encounter any meaningful trans NPCs,”
Here’s another line from Gramuglia
“The only trans characters seem to be iterations of the playable character, V, or the models fetishized on posters.”
All of these people are idiots and liars. The one job they had was to play this game (including the side content) to form a final opinion on it to give their readers some insight into what they would be getting into. They’re not the only ones that accused CD Projekt Red of transphobia, but I think you get my point by now.
There are SPOILERS ahead so read at your own risk.
Since I’m on the topic, let’s talk about Claire. Claire is a character that you meet fairly early in Cyberpunk 2077. She’s the bartender at the Afterlife Bar in Night City. And guess what? She’s a trans woman that’s actually voiced by a real-life trans woman named Maddie Taylor. She even tweeted on how proud she was to voice Claire in Cyberpunk. How did no one research this? Why is no one covering this? Because it doesn’t fit their agenda that Cyberpunk 2077 is transphobic, racist, and buggy. The last one is definitely true, but the other two are figments of their overactive imagination and was only written to stir up controversy against Cyberpunk 2077.
My jaw dropped when I found out that Claire was a trans woman because I honestly would’ve never guessed. I knew her husband had died and that she was clearly grieving for him and as I continued to win races in Night City she eventually opened up about her past life and made this comment
“Sweetest man I ever knew. We were friends before my gender transition.”
Claire is one of the best characters in Cyberpunk and the way they handled her opening up about being trans was brilliant in my opinion. Now, I know there will be those people that claim that “this isn’t enough we need more!”, but honestly… it’s more than what you’ve ever gotten in other games in this genre. Should I bring up Bioware’s half-assed attempt at making a decent trans character in Andromeda? A character that you can easily miss if not for guides telling you where they are?
What I loved about Claire the most was the fact that she’s not perfect. She’s clearly using V to get to the final race so she can get revenge for the death of her husband and she eventually admits it too. I didn’t have to look very hard to find Claire. She’s IN THE BAR that you’re forced to go to at the beginning of the game with your pal. She eventually reaches out to you and asks you if you’re interested in street racing. It’s only 4 races that take less than 30 minutes of gameplay to finish and there’s a lot of dialogue between V and Claire.
A game reviewer should not skip content. I don’t care what excuse you have. You either skipped it or you left it out of your review which is even worse. Either way, everyone that jumped on this hate train because of “transphobia” looks really stupid right now. I’m not referring to anyone that’s just learning of this or even to anyone that actually took these “journalists” for their word. If you haven’t played the game or met the character or skipped her or whatever it’s not your fault for believing these people. The fault, and idiots I’m referring to, are the actual “journalist” whose job is to be as in-depth as possible when they’re tasked with reviewing a game and they clearly were not because if they did their damn job they would’ve known about Claire.
I’m not here to win any friends in the game business. I’m here to give you actual journalism and opinions on games while calling out bullshit when I see it. I’m not defending the bugs in Cyberpunk. They should be held accountable for them.
These reviewers clearly rushed through Cyberpunk’s story and skipped out of a lot of activities if they didn’t know that Claire IS a trans woman with one hell of a backstory, voice actress, and fun racing side quests that rewards you with a really sexy truck.
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