I’m currently writing a story which is an erotic thriller/romance set in the music/TV industry. The protagonist is a Taylor Swift-type confessional songwriter who is the biggest popstar in the world, and the crux of her character is that she is obsessed with validation and power, and loves to see how far people will go for her. In my recent draft of the story, there is a scene in which she hooks up with an African American actor and engages in race play, calling him a racial slur. However, I’m unsure whether or not I should remove this scene from the story. For two reasons.
1st of all, I’m worried that the protagonist will become too unsympathetic and all audiences will turn against them at this point in the story and no longer be interested in seeing them succeed.
2nd of all, I’m worried I will offend readers and the scene will come across as racist. There are a lot of movies such as The Wolf of Wall Street which satirise selfish and immoral behaviour, but the line between glorification and condemnation can often be blurred.
What are your thoughts?