A fictional character being sexualized is not an example of a real issue. Sexualization is fine. Being sexy is fine. Being sexual is fine. Having sexiness as a character’s defining characterization is fine. It’s fictional.
All or most characters being sexualized is moderate issue. The idea that this “normalizes objectification of women in society” is stupid and there is no evidence for this. It is just a talking point that people regurgitate without any data. There is more data to support the idea that video games and movies DO NOT directly influence how we act in our day to day lives, than there is data to support the idea that it does (I don’t think there’s any?). It is exactly the same argument as saying playing violent video games makes you violent, a statement that has been debunked over and over and over.
However, when sexualization of female characters becomes the standard or commonplace, we have a moderate issue, because A. It’s trite and boring. and B. it becomes a general issue because then we have a centralized medium that does not fully represent different types of characters, and I think it is important to have different types of people represented in media (especially in media that is intended to be perceived as “realistic”, as a lot of video games and movies are). However you don’t solve this issue by criticizing pre-existing media with sexualized characters, because pre-existing media is not the problem. It doesn’t matter that Bayonetta wears no clothes. Bayonetta is Bayonetta, that’s her character. That’s how the dudes who made her wanted her to be, so that’s how she is. They are allowed to make whatever they want to make, and you’re allowed to like or not like it. But people like the dudes who made Bayonetta should not be the only people who make media, and that’s where the real issue lies. That’s what you need to be yelling about. Not about Bayonetta’s outfit.
(I’m just using Bayonetta as an example, I don’t think anyone is currently talking about Bayonetta).
The vast majority of Western media is still made by heterosexual white dudes, and that’s probably not any individual white dudes fault, nor is it the fault of anything they’ve made. But the attitudes and institutions that for whatever reason keep women and other groups from being equally represented in media are what we need to focus on and what we need to be discussing. Not whether or not Lara Crofts boobs are too big.