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Non-binary character in 'X-Men '97' sparks backlash from fans

Non-binary character in 'X-Men '97' sparks backlash from fans

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Oliwia Ruta,
27.03.2024 16:15

The upcoming series 'X-Men '97' will include a non-binary character, as Marvel previously announced. However, some fans have expressed strong criticism towards this decision. The actor who voices Morph has spoken out against this criticism and hate speech. This has led some to question whether he is against the LGBT+ community.

A non-binary person does not exclusively identify as male or female. This means their gender identity does not fit into the traditional binary division between masculine and feminine.

Non-binary people may identify partially as male or female, as outside of these categories, or as having a different gender identity that does not fit the classic definition of gender. The non-binary community has a vast diversity of experiences and identifications, and each individual may have a unique sense of their gender identity.

'X-Men '97' series character to be non-binary

Marvel had previously announced that a non-binary character would be featured in the upcoming 'X-Men '97' series. This information was revealed during a conversation between actor Beau DeMayo and Empire magazine. However, fans strongly criticised the producer's choice. Unfortunately, not everyone has shown support for the inclusion of LGBT+ individuals in media.

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J.P. Karliak, known for being an activist within the queer community, was cast as the voice actor for the non-binary character Morph. He was recently interviewed by CBR, where he said: "I’m a queer activist. I run a nonprofit that advocates for queer representation. I also co-founded a voter registration organisation. I know what’s going on in the world, especially politically, so no, it didn’t surprise me at all."

Are critical comments promoting the series?

J.P. Karliak reveals that critical comments do not impress him. Moreover, he notes that they can contribute to the promotion of the series. The actor says he hasn’t "taken offence with anything anybody’s published, as much as they’ve tried. There was one article that called me a radical queer activist and listed the insidious mission statement of my organisation [Queer Vox] — verbatim of what was on the website," he continued. "I was like, ‘Facts. No lies here, thanks for the promotion!'"

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The actor also reveals that there will be no clear conversation about Morph's gender at any point in the show.

"As far as I know, we’re never going to say the word ‘non-binary’ because nobody said the word ‘non-binary’ in the ’90s. It’s not that it didn’t exist; it was just in no way a mainstream term at the time," Karliak explained. "Morph’s understanding of who he is could equate to what a modern person would say is non-binary, but he just doesn’t have the terminology for it. At the same time, they/them wasn’t a concept in terms of using it as a pronoun."

Source: NaEkranie.pl, Deadline

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