The perils of perfection

I still think holding God as the standard of moral perfection would be downright intimidating to a lot of people. To put it this way, not too many people would feel good about being compared to somebody better looking that them. Being this austere, benevolent and self-controlled would be just as intimidating.

It seems logically inevitable that people would rather patronise a flawed, if you will perpetually sinful character over somebody seemingly sinless. If you say God is perfect but the narcissist isn’t, even if it’s true I don’t think people will be comfortable about being compared to him. That it seems becoming like him would be too much.

It’s not that he’s not imperfect but that comparing somebody to something held to a much higher standard of morality would be too intimidating and shameful.

It looks good on paper

The thing with trying to make such an outfit practical and feasible in real life’s that some things really need to be changed in order to be doable. It’s like how and why costume designers tried to make a Mickey Mouse costume tolerable in real life that they have to change it to something consisting of a mask and suit. This might not be the only instance of such.

When it comes to superhero outfits, this is something costume designers have tried to make them doable in real life. It doesn’t help that the only other option’s make the characters dress like actual athletes (I swear making Barry Allen dress like a footballer would’ve been a bigger departure from the comics than the live action costumes are/were).

But that would involve a true redesign. There are characters who could get away with what they’re wearing as wrestlers are known to wear similar outfits. But fans might not like those so costume designers are stuck with a weird compromise. (Barry dressed up like an actual athlete would be too radical.)

Even if it were possible to be mostly faithful to the character’s presentation, when made more practical alterations will be made.

Something to bell about

I think with the 2017 Beauty and the Beast movie (and possibly also with Cinderella to some extent), there’s understandably a desire to make things grounded in the time periods they’re in. For most of the part in the former film, it’s generally good. It’s likely even the costume designer wanted a more historically faithful version of Belle’s yellow gown and certainly some fans felt the same thing too.

However due to Emma Watson’s insistence she eventually compromised. (This could also be true for almost any other production adapted from animation and comics where sometimes costume designers may have to follow the actors’ demands.) So it seems whatever the costume designer wanted in mind got compromised.

Though that may not be unique to that production alone.

Too intimidating

When it comes to approaching the issue of vice, I don’t think most people (even most narcissists) might not like being compared to somebody much better than they are. Consider this. You have God/Jesus, austere, critical and merciful. But then again some people live in fear of his wrath and fury.

Add to being assumed perfect he’s intimidating. So it seems to other people, some things seem more obtainable. So with God, the classically good becomes so unthinkable that it seems most people can’t live up to it anymore. Thus they turn to more fallible things and concepts instead.

It doesn’t help when God’s often portrayed as an almost unattainable character that the tendency to preach falls short on people. If most people seem intimidated by somebody’s richer than them, it’s only logical they’d also be intimidated by somebody morally better than them.

Either that or God’s tendency to lose his temper has to be taken into consideration as to make him seem more accessible to normal humans. Which’s the whole point of him becoming Christ really.

He doesn’t look Irish

I admit being of the headcanon that Barry Allen’s of both Irish and Italian descent (much like Greg Berlanti). However he doesn’t look like somebody’s expected stereotype of either ethnicity. There’s actually an essay on Irish stereotypes in superhero comics, where at least two characters ended up having the expected red hair cliche.

To be honest, I do know red hair’s more common in Ireland. But I can’t name any famous Irish redhead (I could name two Irish natural blonds–Mairead Ni Mhaonnaigh and Ronan Keating). Even Italians can be naturally blond or at least have light brown hair. You’ve got Patty Pravo and arguably Rocco Siffredi/Siffredo.

Even the famous Dante Alighieri’s assumed to have blond hair at some point. Actually some of his descendants are/were blond themselves. Not at all impossible for Barry Allen to be like this. But that would take a wider point of reference to show you that’s possible.

Though that would sometimes take you by surprise really.

Spoiler–She’s Jewish

Although superhero media’s no stranger to having a lot of Jewish characters and Jewish people working on it, be they cartoonists, writers and actors (most notably Jon Berenthal and Gal Gadot), the idea of making Stephanie Brown Jewish would be strange. But because she doesn’t fit what people expect Jews to be. But same with any other Jewish person in real life.

To put it this way, you could be blond and Jewish (some Jews are naturally blond), black and Jewish (the existence of Judacised African communities should prove it right), culturally Muslim and Jewish (as with Crypto-Jews), punk rock/Gothic and Jewish (there are some Jewish members of bands like Ramones and Clash and there are likely Israeli Goths).

Jews can be ethnically Asian too in the case with some Kaifung Jews in China. (Though that would involve much more open-mindedness to what a Jew can be but given the tendency to assimilate and intermarry, Jews can be any ethnicity.)

If Jewish identity’s inherited matrilineally (as expected), then Scarlett Johansson, Lisa Bonet, River Phoenix (and thusly his brother Joaquin) and Malcolm McLaren are Jewish. They may all seem very Goy but if their mothers are Jewish, then they are Jewish. I do recall one Israeli model who seems to be naturally blond so there’s that.

Actually there’s a precedent for that in the Arrowverse where Felicity Smoak’s depicted as having bleached blond hair, had a Goth period and is Jewish in there. (The only real difference between Steph going Goth and Felicity’s that the latter’s case was only for one time whereas the former’s unexpected.) But Steph might be another matter altogether.

In the sense that it might not be strange for Jews to be troublemakers, especially when it comes to Jewish gangsters. If Steph was implied to be sexually abused, so was Tara Strong who admitted it at some point. It seems the real problem’s narrowmindedness to what anybody can be.

Race Essentialism

I suspect there are likely some people who considered this but to put it simply, it’s taking racist assumptions for granted. It’s assuming black men are well-endowed, athletic and sexually active whereas Asian men aren’t. However from personal experience, I actually do know black men who’re not that sexually active (one of them’s sexually celibate) and I even think not all black men are well-endowed.

Logically there might be Asian men who’re well-endowed and sexually active. I know know that in Chinese history, there was this unusually well-endowed Chinese man who seduced his way into royalty or something by posing as a eunuch. There are cases where white (and black) women do find themselves with or into Asian men. Most notably Balinese gigolos.

I did go into a fascination for the former whilst eventually opening up for the latter and then undoing the former (trying so before) that I’ve done my best to do something. Even then, I still had the suspicions of those as well as trying to undo it that I can get how and why race essentialism is problematic. In the sense of taking things for granted even if not everybody lives up to it.

You could be celibate and still be black. Or promiscuous and still be Asian. But that would mean seeing them as people and putting effort in undoing things like I tried to do. So there’s that.

Idle idolatry

I honestly think the real issue with liking most things isn’t so much about themselves but rather they shouldn’t be used to distract you from something more meaningful. To put it this way, it’s not wrong to read something else in class but even then at some point or another you will make effort in paying attention. Whatever you can do about it.

It’s not wrong to love most things, just don’t let it get in the way of more important stuff. You can play games but don’t let it distract you from doing work. Same with religion. Or anything that’s more important and should come first. Better pay attention to what you should do in life or at work. Whatever you should do.