this is a response to that hitman topic obviously, but there's a larger issue here; people not looking at things from others' perspectives.
Like, if I had to guess, most of the people here are:
PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT OF THE TRANSSEXUAL PERSUASION
Nothing wrong with that! I'm not trying to blame those people whom fall under this umbrella, and I'm not saying that people who don't fall under this umbrella don't do this either. but there is a large contingent of people saying "well, don't be offended at this terrible fucking thing!". It's easy not to be offended when it doesn't personally offend YOU. Do I get super offended at gay people being called that word we are not to say? Not nearly as much; I do, but not to a point where I would get super fucking mad about it. However, I do understand why it's so terrible and I can sympathize with the pain it can bring (I like how we can say tranny all we want and people on this site have even said such a thing though hahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa).
However, what can I say to a straight white man that really offends him because of those attributes? cracker, honky? breeder, het scum? prick? Do these words legitimate offend any of you? I mean it's a difference if you're a white man in like china or somethin. It's like, how about you try and look from different perspectives before saying "don't be offended", because for some it can be very hard not to be; and for some it is very easy. Some people are more emotional than others and are offended more easily.
and those slippery slope arguments are fun too! "Well if they take out this offensive dialogue and then they'll tkae this slightly less offensive dialogue out and soon all we'll have is PONG!" or fucking whatever. Honestly, I don't care if a character is personally transphobic; just don't make that out to be a good thing, or at the very least make it relevant to the story. Don't just throw in a "HAHA THAT NPC WANTED TO GET WITH THAT GIRL BUT IT WAS ACTUALLY A DUDE" That is not only offensive, it is also a terrible joke and literally has no purpose. There was mildly transphobic dialogue in Catherine, at the end, but guess what? I literally never complained about that because it was relevant to the story, it was done tastefully all the way up until then, and it was not immediately hateful. It made sense. but some were offended by it, and i respected their opinion.
All I'm saying, is there are many different types of people on this earth; try considering THEIR perspective before telling them they shouldn't be offended.