Mook "I’m an old, cis, white dude. There is no denying that in many ways, I am the “default” character for apathetic creators with no interest in moving beyond their blinders. I can’t even imagine how hurtful, disempowering, and ostracizing it must be to live your life when the overwhelming majority of mainstream heroes and role-models in movies, on TV, in books and comics and games don’t look or sound like you and your family. And in that moment, for that player in that game — I was that creator."
Oh, man. THIS. So much this.
It's great that you guys moved past it and were able to game. As you said, it was -sadly- probably just a blip for Maria. It says good things that it made you think and re-evaluate your position.