"you've reblogged some pale lances today" so people are policing your blog now I hate to see what this fandom is going to do to artists who might not draw characters in their exact canonical skin tone please do not let tumblr culture (TM) get you down dude you're awesome
Anon, I’m sorry but if you draw Lance (or any character of color) as a tan white then that’s racist. That is straight up whitewashing. It’s erasing a poc from the narrative, it’s denying poc fans from seeing representation, and it’s a shitty fucking thing to do.
(I’m about to get worked up about this, I’m not mad at you specifically anon I’m just frustrated.)
I understand that people who whitewash usually do it on accident. Or maybe it’s a one-time thing, and they were tired and weren’t really thinking when they colored. But if you are an artist, and you notice that you’re drawing/coloring characters lighter than they are supposed to be on a consistent basis- take a step back and think about what the hell you’re doing. Think about what you are aiding and abetting.
There is not nearly enough poc representation in our media today. In my opinion, there will never be enough. Having one or two token poc characters in an MTV show does not erase the decades of stereotyping and racism people of color have suffered at the hands of the media. I’m white-passing, but the rest of my family is not. Do you know how excited my little sister was when she watched Mulan for the first time? When she got her own custom made American Girl doll, and it actually looked like her? When she turns on the TV and she sees black hair and beautiful brown eyes and she gets to envision herself on the screen? When she gets to be part of the story?
Do you know what that MEANS to a little girl, to any child who has spent their lives feeling insecure in their own skin because it doesn’t match that of the people they see on TV? Television is essential to our culture; it reflects our values, and it tells stories that we internalize and allow to shape our lives. If the narrative doesn’t include a group, than in the eyes of everyone else- that group doesn’t exist.
So when you whitewash - when you take a character with beautiful brown skin and warp them into some low budget cast-off version of themselves - you become part of the problem. You post your art, and it validates the opinion of some racist shithead who thinks Voltron was better when everyone was as pale as snow. You post your art, and you allow yourself to say ‘Hey, these characters don’t need to be anything but white’ and my GOD anon you are so wrong.
This is not ‘Tumblr Culture™.’ This is the real world.