Blonde = Bimbo?
According to Kim Richards of PC Gamer, apparently Blonde Shepard is a personality-lacking bimbo.
For those of you who are unaware, Bioware put up a poll to see which female Shepard (or “FemShep”) people would rather have as the default. Shepard #5, the blonde one, won the poll. Apparently some people are up in arms about this, and I’m not entirely sure why.
Okay, to a degree I can understand where people are coming from. The games industry generally tends to lack diversity in its characters, so it’s a shame that when people get the chance to pick a dark-skinned character to represent the game they choose against her. But I’d say that article is taking things just a bit too far.
Actually, I’d say it’s taking things way too far. Why, exactly, is Shepard a dumb bimbo because she has blonde hair? Was there some scientific study I never heard about that proved blonde women have significantly less IQ and more sexual promiscuity than brunettes and redheads?
And if not, then where exactly is this coming from? Are we still clinging onto hair color stereotypes? I kind of hoped we could shake those off by now, at least when we’re trying to be serious.
I sincerely hope that article is meant to be a joke, or at least a massive hyperbole, because otherwise this is absurd.