ok so I'm just wondering something... you're the one who got me into TAZ and my Taako design has always been really inspired by yours, but lately there's been a lot of hate for people who draw their Taako's green, and I don't exactly know what to do 'cause I'm white so I have nothing really to say on the matter since it isn't in my place to do so, but what do you think about all this? as a latina who draws a green Taako? Should I just change mine? I'm so confused by all this...
i personally draw taako green and pointy and bug-eyed bc i have a deep-seated love for monster-boys and unconventional interpretations of traditional fantasy races, like elves. therefore, i really like drawing my elves as alien and non-human looking as i can! and i like seeing other interpretations of taako that mirror that. i just like the idea of taako being really gay and goofy and also really weird and inhuman looking.
(while still personally acknowledging that taako’s character is p heavily based around mexican-american culture, which i adore. my taako is a green fantasy-mexican elf and i love him and affectionately refer to him as taako verde. anyway!)
i actually had no idea this was a Thing… i’m defs not deeply involved in the fandom, lol. there is absolutely a race problem with (mostly white) people defaulting to making a gay elf character to look like a boring pasty legolas-link clone, i’m having a hard time saying the same for an inhuman green interpretation. it seems like pointless infighting to start getting pissy at people for wanting a non-human character like taako to look, well, non-human. if even in subtle ways like an unnatural skin color. (especially if the artist already draws human/more humanoid characters like mags and ango as non-white. if all their humans are white and then they got a green taako like some kind of token LOOK HE’S NOT WHITE HES GREEN!!! then that’s def sus, but i’ve never seen that. usually someone with all white humans has a white taako too lol.)
anyway maybe i’m biased because i draw green taako, but it seems a little like because the source material is like 99% chill, the fanbase has to like, come up with things to fight about. as long as a taako’s tex-mex origins are appreciated and he doesn’t look like legolas i’m cool, and if that means he ends up looking like a green man from mars i’m way cool with that. draw green taako, nonny, make him super weird and creepy looking, spooky inhuman elves 5ever.