It matters because people go to media to escape real world problems. To find representation and realise that their problems are valid.
You know what’s also unrealistic? A time travelling alien who is a British white dude for every incarnation. Maybe even a consulting detective who manages to act the way he does without any repercussions. It’s boring to watch the same thing over and over again and it’s impossible for shows set in major diverse cities to be full of white people.
If you’re worried about being ‘realistic’ and ‘offensive’ rather than treating other people who are attacked every day for being what they are with respect and kindness then I don’t know what to tell you. The only way to change society is by criticising it and implementing that change. If you’re unwilling to recognise that and do that, then you certainly don’t have my respect.
I hate when people complain about people offended about something, like they feel they have the write to be a dick to people. I could insult everyone I came across under the banner of free speech but that would make me a arse.
This is why representation is so important! To see someone who looks like you or in someway connects with the culture you familiarize with makes this that more important! Makes this seem more possible, more of a reality for little girls who never think for one second that someone who looks like them can win.
It makes me dream of achieving great things.