(2/2). And there are plenty of curvy people who are not fat. In fact, look at this definition of curvy: [curvy. A woman with a shapely figure, generally well-defined waist, and fairly large butt and boobs compared to the rest of her body. Unlike what some people try to say, curvy is not synonymous with fat.] Go to South America. There are lots of wonderfully curvy women who are not fat. Now, I also think the characters should resemble what Marissa Meyer defined them as. [Oops, going to 2/3]
[3/3] But could we stop bullying people for pete’s sake? Stop telling artists that they suck and their work is worth nothing or worse, racist. Many ppl on here are 12 and under and worked hard on those drawings. Does that mean you shout and claw at them until they cry so they never want to draw again? No. Teach, educate. BE KIND! I’m so sick of seeing hate posts on my dash. Please. Just stop fighting and let people use their creativity. If you want to start a cause, PM them. Respectfully.
So I opened tumblr to this rightfully concerned anon in my inbox.
I know (and I’ve also pointed things out here on this blog) that correct portrayal of our characters, especially diverse ones like Cinder, Scarlet and Winter (or proving the Lunars are mixed), is very very very important. We all mean very well when we try and point out these mistakes.
But please do not turn to being rude. I’ve tried to help fanartists (and ficwriters) to be more accurate in their drawings by pointing them to Marissa’s Character guide. We’ve discussed race and appearance a lot (being a headcanon blog, trying to distinguish fact from hc) and I think if you dig deep enough in the character tags or resources tag you can find these posts.
I know it gets really irritating trying to prove a character might look something like you (I’m saying might bc Cinder is mixed, passes as Asian but she could be, say, South American for all we know. So she’s a POC but we don’t know what, exactly) just because of everyone’s default setting for imagining characters is a certain way. It’s terrible and shouldn’t happen. But it does.
So what I’m suggesting here is either we can kindly point things out (because we have no idea about the creator of the work - is it their first one? are they unaware of the situation? My friend drew a great pic of the girls but Winter and Cinder were both white so I had to point it out, gently) or let someone else do it if you’re too upset. I haven’t personally seen any hate and I wish to see none. If you’re too exasperated with the situation, point it out to someone else in the fandom. Or you could tell me. I don’t mind saying the same things over and over again. (Cinder’s mixed and a POC, Winter’s black, Scarlet is curvy, Lunars are all mixed) If we find a repeat offender who won’t change their ways (I doubt it) then we can all think of a way to handle them.
We’re going to have to teach, teach and teach again, no matter how exhausted we are. It’s unfair but a fact of life. Let’s try not to be rude or angry, please. :)