anonymous asked:

have any bioware devs ever even publicly acknowledged whitewashing in their own games or even the other official media (like heros of da, the comics etc.) before or do they just pretend like it doesn't happen?

Gaider acknowledged the whitewashing of Isabela in the CGI video and this image, that they used for their website. He said something along the lines of “it was an accident.”

That’s the only case I can think of.

magsbanes replied to your post: “Is it possible to just use PS without colouring anything? Why can’t…”

i’m always worried about whitewashing too because it’s hard to determine where it crosses that line, but i think it’s about keeping the depths and color in the face and not falling into the “pastel/dull” coloring trend that’s prevalent on tumblr as that just doesn’t translate with people of color. something i’ve struggled with is determining how much brightness/contrast is too much, but it’s all about trial and error. if you accidentally whitewash, just try to figure out what you can improve so it doesn’t happen again. if you stick with the basic layers like levels, brightness/contrast and curves and keep the balance in the person’s skin tone and maybe work a bit with color balance and vibrance to bring color in where the lighting of the show might wash it out you should be fine.

Yeah, absolutely, there are two main kinds of whitewashing:

  • washed out pastels (this one is most problematic bc it’s really obvious that our skin tone is not correct here)
  • overemphasis of cyans combined with brightness

for asians for example, overuse of cyan makes us look white because it erases the part of our skin tone that defines us, which is a yellow/warm undertone. that said, i’ve seen people go too orange/bronze and while i appreciate the effort, we are also not oompa loompas.

anyway, i made a reference chart here which i hope helps? but i definitely want to revisit it and make a clearer version. i think the big problem is tutorials will show you how to color, but there’s never any discussion on how to recognize the right skin tone. so many people understand the theory but when applying it, it’s difficult due to a lack of a solid reference point.

as a general rule of thumb though your Curves layer if you use one should look like the left (basically maintaining the depth of the skin tone, like you said):

anonymous asked:

regarding that anon not liking certain characters because they are whitewashed in media, is it okay if i still like them?

hey there, so i’ll echo what mod KG said: you don’t need Permission to like characters

i will say, i think it’s a good idea to be aware that characters have been whitewashed and so to be critical of their presentation in that sense (white faces co-opting black stories is common asf here in the united states) so if you feel safe i would say it’s a good thing to speak up when you see:

  • white actors taking roles that should go to actors of color
  • white writers writing stories and deboning them so they are “palatable” to a white audience (often coded as “mass” audiences or “worldwide” audiences)
  • white producers shutting out talent belonging to ethnic/social minorities when they would be the most appropriate people to deliver a story

obviously this is a limited list, and i’m not gonna try to prescribe how you should speak up, but mostly what i’m saying is be aware, and be critical

-mod y

When the director of The Ghost in the Shell calls Scarlett Johansson “the best of her generation” what he actually means is she’s the most popular.

Only white actresses were considered for The Ancient One.

A Chinese actor with 15 years of martial arts experience auditioned for Iron First and was told he had to be the villain to a white hero.

An Indigenous actress was told to her face that she couldn’t audition for Tiger Lily because they didn’t want the character to be Native anymore.

So until Hollywood stops discriminating at casting calls and allows people of color their fair shot in this business I don’t want to see anymore white people being held up as the best in the business in defense of whitewashing.

Okay but people are getting butt hurt over the fact that Scarlett Johansson is playing Motoko Kusanagi and that it’s whitewashing, but bitch show me the evidence where they stated in both the manga and anime that Motoko Kusanagi is Asian. Wait, what’s that? You can’t find anything? That’s because she’s a fucking cyborg, thus she doesn’t have a specific race. Congratulations on showing your racism and assuming that all manga and anime characters are Asian, you must be so proud of yourself.

to the people telling me “boycotting ‘the forest’ won’t do anything”

you’re excused

Dear Tim Burton

Dear #TimBurton,

Up Yours. I just went with a friend to see Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and we’d been excited for weeks (it only just came out in Mongolia). I even rushed to finish reading it before the Mongolia release.

Mr. Burton, the protagonist in MSHfPC is #Jewish. His grandfather is a#Jew. It’s a story about Jews and the monsters who chase us. A huge part of the book is questioning whether Grandfather’s “monsters” were supernatural monsters, or the real monsters of Nazis hunting Jews, the Monsters that murdered his entire family. Did he go to the children’s home because he was a peculiar or because of the dangerous peculiarity of being a Jew in Europe in WWII?

Yet in your film, the word “Jew” was spoken exactly zero times. You wiped away the characters’ identities. And don’t you DARE claim that it was an unintentional omission, because you proved that it wasn’t. See, in the book, Grandfather Abe often calls Jake “Yakov,” the Jewish form of Jacob. Yet in the movie, you changed that into a Polish nickname. So you can’t claim this was an omission when you and your team took the time to re-write even his nickname to make it not Jewish.

So Up Yours for your white-bread characters and white-bread movies. Up Yours for making the only POC character in the entire film the bad guy. And finally, Up Yours for taking away, yet again, the chance for us to see one of our own, a Jewish Protagonist promised in the novel, on screen.

If Marvel Studios can take the time to painstakingly find an unknown actor like Tom Holland to portray their very specific version of Peter Parker than they could afford to find a Jewish/Roma actress for Scarlet Witch and Asian actors for Dr. Strange and Iron Fist.