Resident Evil Gets Its First Gay Character
Though Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City wasn’t one of the best installments in the horror series, it’s interesting to note that Crispin Jettingham, better known as Dee-Ay was revealed as the series’ first gay character. Creative director and writer for the 2012 game, Adam Bullied, says Jettingham is gay because he created him. “He was a gay man serving quietly in the military,” Bullied said. “He was just like the many gay people who serve in the military: a good dedicated soldier.” The leader’s handle Dee-Ay is a play on “Don’t Ask”, i.e. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Bullied didn’t want Special Forces leader falling into a “generic, square jawed, cool headed, Caucasian tough guy” stereotype.
Even more interesting for the series’ first gay character, Capcom was aware of Bullied’s design for Jettingham, courtesy of how forward-thinking Keiji Inafune (video game producer and illustrator) was. Even in 2014, companies – especially video game companies – are still not integrating characters who aren’t straight, white and male into their video games. The fear of loss in profits is enough to keep those in charge on one path only – “angry, violent, white men rescuing attractive, big-eyed, young girls” as seen in The Last of Us and Bioshock Infinite. Even though Crispin’s sexuality wasn’t integrated into the story line in ORC, it is nice to have a gay character acknowledged.
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