First it’s worth noting, yes RE5 is racist and very inconsiderate. The response to N’Gai’s commentary was ridiculous, and these are always worth remembering.
With that said, I just wanted to say I love RE5. Not a little, I love it A LOT!
For reference, I’m a pretty boring straight white guy, so for a few years I’ve felt a hinge of shame for my love of RE5. I mean, just watching the trailers in 2020, or looking up the tribal sections, it’s pretty obviously racist. For a while, I kept my love to myself, but that was after I knew something was wrong at all. What I mean is, I used to be one of those guys who thought RE5 wasn’t racist. I’d cringe every time so SJW brought it up, which as mentioned above wasn’t nearly as often as it should have been at the time.
Of course, I eventually grew out of that mostly thanks to college and the help of a dear friend. But once I admitted that it was in fact racist, then began the shameful years. The years of self-loathing for enjoying such an AWFUL game. Only a TERRIBLE MONSTER could even tolerate such an abomination, much less actually enjoy it! I kept re-telling myself these line, spiraling into sadness so easily.
Basically, your average case of privilege guilt, and I struggled with it for a long time. It wasn’t until just a year or two ago that I finally found my way out of it. I learned to accept what I enjoy, be critical, and remember that just because others might literally hate something you love, that doesn’t make you a monster. Honestly, even after I admitted RE5 was pretty racist, I almost slipped back to who I was before just from the self-imposed guilt.
And I know, this isn’t a revelation or profoundly insightful story. But I just wanted to remind peeps it’s okay to love something problematic, as long as you recognize the problems and expect better. I’ll always love RE5, I love the characters, I love that it manages a knife’s edge of a serious tone balanced against some Grade-A anime silliness, I love the cooperation and level design and QTEs and Wesker and the valcano at the end and so much more!
Basically, just be kind to yourselves