listen. i came into this fandom determined to never call anyone out unless they were being legitimately grotesque. so i’m not gonna put anybody on blast, because nobody learns when they’re embarrassed and angry.
but i would like to put it out there that, as a black woman who is ridiculously fond of tucker, the prevalence of him being drawn with blue eyes makes me uncomfortable.
now, i know that there are poc with blue and green eyes. michael ealy and jesse williams are some gorgeous men right off the top of my head. but they are also the only men off the top of my head. my whole family is made up of black people. i have lived in philadelphia, studied among other black students; i have walked the city streets and seen people who looked just like (shit, in many cases, better than) me. there are black actors, musicians, athletes, etc., that i adore
and none of them have blue eyes.
so i’m not gonna name any names, and i’m not gonna be rude. i will still continue to reblog artwork. i will continue to support y’all. but i would like to pose a challenge to our artists in the fandom: if your tucker currently has blue (or aqua!) eyes, the next time you draw him, try him out with a brown pair instead. kick around a couple of different shades. see how it feels, if you can get behind it.
you might not like it. and if you don’t, i would ask that you really put some thought into why. no one is calling you racist; or at least, i definitely am not in this post. we all have learned shit we need to pitch overboard, but you can’t get rid of baggage you haven’t recognized first. that’s all i’m requesting: a little self-awareness.
i don’t think that’s asking too much.