How explicit do you think ace representation needs to be?
One of the most popular examples of claimed to be ace characters I can think of is Sherlock from the BBC version. Apparently actor Benedict Cumberbatch affirmed Sherlock as asexual, but as far as I know this is never stated in the show. Is it enough for someone who has some authorship over a character to say they are ace on the sidelines? Like J.K. Rowling saying Dumbledore was gay but not writing this into the original Harry Potter series? Or do you think representation should be more explicit? What about characters that fans claim are ace? Apparently some people think a close reading of Batman’s history reveals he is asexual.
I personally feel icky when a character does not explicitly say they are ace and people claim they are. I empathize with the desire to have representation, but not at the cost of defining someone else’s sexual orientation for them. I would much rather stay in the murky realm of “this character could be ace.” At most I’ll call them a “potential asexual.” Self-identification is very important in the ace community and if anything, respecting how a character self-identifies or does not self-identify can be validating in its own way. While we may deeply desire validation, I don’t think it should be done in a way that throws self-identifying under the bus.