I honestly don't want to be mean, or make anyone feel bad, but fuck! Does all of this mean that if I like a poc character like, say, Parvati, I can't cosplay her? Because I'm white? I can't change my skin color!
Andy: Yes. They can still be your favorite character, but you can not cosplay as them.
It’s offensive and it erases her important representation in the movies/books because there is much more to Parvati than just her skin color.
All of her decisions and why she makes them, all of her interactions with other characters, her favorite foods, holidays, etc. all will come from her cultural background.
Taking away her skin color would take away some of her best character traits, erasing her as a person.
It’s why representation is important.