What I’m learning is that some people are determined to have a one-dimensional straw man villain in every story, and are so determined to have one that they see them when they aren’t there.
Like, the AHS: Coven fandom is a mess partially because of Delphine. Some people foam at the mouth over her and pronounce her the Worst Person Who Ever Lived, and some people are like “I mean yeah she did do all that stuff but also _____”, or they are just amused by her one-liners. And the people foaming at the mouth about how evil she is can’t handle that.
And it’s really the exact same thing that happened with Murder House, if you think about it, with Tate. I’ve talked about it before. Half the fandom is in love with him and half the fandom is sickened by the other half, saying “What’s wrong with you? He’s a serial killer and a rapist.”
No one is saying that Delphine ISN’T (or at the very least WASN’T) a racist and a sick fuck, to boot. And no one is saying that Tate ISN’T a serial killer and a rapist. But no one is literally 100% bad and even the worst people have redeeming characteristics and can be likeable in spite of a great deal of ills. When fictional characters are written this way, it’s a sign of good writing. If you never feel the slightest twinge of sympathy for a villain, you might actually be reading a children’s story book.
So for God’s sake just stop bitching about this stuff. It’s just a freaking show anyway, it’s really tiresome to see the fandom throwing accusations of racism at each other like snowballs. Good grief.