Matt Mercer appears in “Drag is not a crime” t-shirt in latest episode of Critical Role
One rainy afternoon five or six years ago, while I was laying on my sofa nursing a hangover, the almighty algorithm recommended me a video of a group of high-energy voice actors led by Matt Mercer playing the tabletop roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons. In a state of bleary eyed semi consciousness I clicked on the thumbnail and my life was changed forever as I was introduced to Critical Role, and by extension, Dungeons & Dragons.
I wasn’t alone in this experience. In fact over the years, many people have told me that Critical Role was their own introduction to Dungeons & Dragons thanks to YouTube’s algorithms and Geek & Sundry’s relentless marketing of their new star show. If you don’t know what Dungeons & Dragons is or who Critical Role are, I have no idea how you’ve stumbled across this article or website.
Arguably the star of Critical Role, and the man at the heart of the storm that is CR is none other than the charismatic floppy-haired dungeon master, Matt Mercer.
In Critical Role’s most recent episode, Matt appears sporting a “D.R.A.G. is not a crime.” graphic t-shirt. An obvious reference to the splattering of anti-drag laws currently being implemented across the United States of America that make it easy to feel disheartened and disconnected, but Matt and the CR team refuse to be silent on this issue.
Dungeons & Dragons hasn’t always been about inclusivity. Early versions of the game had female player character receive negatives to certain stats and bonuses to seduction. Yuck. Over the years, D&D have done a lot to make the industry, hobby, and game more inclusive. However, there is still room for improvement.
In a world that is increasingly hostile to the marginalised, Critical Role proves once again that there is safety and there are allies in the tabletop scene.