whitewashing race

I remember people having this same issue with Big Hero 6.

A lot of fans did not like that Hiro and Tadashi were portrayed as being mixed race. It’s like these studios are pretending to give us diversity but instead of going all in, they throw us this whitewashed, mixed race mess. No. Go all in. All or nothing. This isn’t real diversity. This is so big film execs can pat themselves on the back and all-white fandoms can feel good about how ‘diverse’ they are. Stop it.

It’s time to take the ‘great’ white men of science off their pedestals 

Science’s most elite magazine, Nature, published an editorial recently arguing that calling for monuments to figures such as J Marion Sims – often called the “father of gynaecology” – to be removed amounts to “whitewashing” history. Sims is widely praised for developing techniques in gynaecological surgery and founding a women’s hospital in New York in the mid-1800s. But Sims experimented on enslaved black women and infants, operating up to 30 times on one woman to perfect his method. Last month, women wearing bloodied hospital gowns staged a protest by Sims’s statue outside the New York Academy of Medicine.

Nature’s editorial sparked outrage and the magazine has now backpedalled. As critics pointed out, the magazine’s argument was essentially the same as that for keeping Confederate monuments such as the statue of Robert E Lee at the centre of recent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. The idea that statues need to stay put for history’s sake was also invoked in the debate about Oxford University’s statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes, which remains in place despite protests.

As this latest controversy shows, science also has its monuments to white supremacy. Like Confederate monuments, these statues should be removed. They are daggers to the open wounds of communities that have long known that white supremacy reaches far beyond the sphere of conventional politics into medicine and science. But removing these monuments won’t be sufficient on its own. The row about Sims reminds us how hard the scientific establishment works to present an image of science as “apolitical”. What is needed is an honest re-examination of science’s history and politics – an examination of the kind that scientists have often tried to silence.

If it’s about black people, use black actors.

If it’s about Japanese people, use Japanese actors.

If it’s about Latinx people, use Latinx actors from the country they’re supposed to be from.

If it’s about mixed-race people, use mixed-race actors.

Whitewashing a narrative because you want ___ white actor is never okay.

Putting white people in brown/black/yellow face is also not an acceptable solution.

Give us authentic faces. Show us the respect we deserve. Represent us with real people of color.

Wow people really seem to hate it when characters are changed from the source material

Oh wait, that’s only if the character is changed to anything other than a white straight person… cause we desperately need more straight white people represented in media. 

You would think that people so clearly invested in comic characters would have retained some of the messages comics have been telling for years, like equality, respect, fairness, compassion, unity, friendship and standing up for others just to name a few. but instead i’m sure they’ll just continue spouting this utter garbage. 

 did a quick tally of OVW “representation!”

  • WHITE - 8 characters
    • Mercy, Soldier 76, Reinhardt, Torbjorn, Tracer, Zarya, Junkrat, Widowmaker (purple is not a race jsyk)
  • BLACK - 2 characters
    • Doomfist, Lucio
  • LATINX - 2 characters
    • Reaper, Sombra
  • MIDDLE EASTERN - 2 characters
    • Pharah, Ana
  • EAST ASIAN - 4 characters
    • Genji, Hanzo, D. Va, Mei
  • SOUTH ASIAN - 1 character
    • Symmetra
  • AMBIGUOUS - 2 characters
    • McCree, Roadhog
  • NON-HUMAN - 4 characters
    • Winston, Orisa, Bastion, Zenyatta

SO there you have it! when fucking ROBOTS have more representation in your game than literally any race/ethnicity other than WHITE, maybe there’s an issue, yeah???

anonymous asked:

Some people are claiming that it's racist and whitewashing that Steven Universe (long story short) made a Filipino character's skin pink, even though none of his culture was erased.

Seriously? I looked up the character and he’s pink-pink. Not peach, not pale and rosy, not anything resembling a human skin tone. He’s actually the color of Pepto Bismol. They didn’t turn him into a white person. What a reach!

Why Idris Elba Makes 'The Dark Tower' A Must-See In Theaters
You say you want actors like Idris Elba to headline big movies? Here's a chance to put your money where your mouth is...
By Scott Mendelson

Idris Elba has been essentially fan-casted for almost every major heroic franchise role in the last several years. This includes roles that would have naturally gone to a black actor (Black Panther, John Stewart, etc.) as well as those generally played by white actors (Dr. Who, James Bond, etc.). In the same way folks tend to throw out Kathryn Bigelow’s name on a director wish-list to show that they’ve heard of at least one prominent female director, Elba’s name gets tossed into fantasy cast lists by quite a few people who don’t know a ton of black actors off the top of their head beyond Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Samuel L. Jackson.

And yet, here we are, with Stephen King’s The Dark Tower being made into a feature film. And the main heroic character of said film, originally described as a riff on Clint Eastwood’s The Man with No Name from his 1960’s spaghetti westerns, is played by none other than Idris Elba. It’s as good a choice as any, as Elba smolders and holds the screen exactly as you’d expect the star of Luthor and The Wire to do so when given the opportunity to play a mythic gunslinger in a big-budget fantasy epic. His is the best performance in the movie, and that the picture works at all is due to his star turn.


But Idris Elba isn’t just playing a character in the Dark Tower who was a white guy in the Dark Tower books. He’s playing essentially the lead character in the movie. You’d think that this sort of thing would be more common 21-years after Independence Day, 20 years after Men in Black and 19 years after Blade. But we’re still more likely today to see a situation like Walt Disney’s Doctor Strange (where a male Asian character gets changed into a white female) or Ghost in the Shell (which essentially makes whitewashing/race bending into its core plot) than a situation where The Gunslinger just happens to be played by a well-known black actor for whom the role fits like a glove.


You think Charlie Hunnam’s career is going to be hurt at all from King Arthur: Legend of the Sword or Crimson Peak? You think Tom Hardy’s stock took even a slight tumble after Citizen 44 or The Drop? Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex, Labor Day, Oldboy, etc.) and Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs, Assassin’s Creed, The Counselor, etc.)  are borderline box office poison, but they still get to be Thanos, Cable, Magneto and Steve Jobs and Assassin S. Creed while the media tells Melissa McCarthy how to save her career over and over again. Elba is just as good, arguably better, in The Dark Tower as any of his white compatriots would have been. But that’s just half the battle.

I too wish The Dark Tower was a better movie, and I’m not necessarily in the mood to reward Sony and MRC for giving us a glorified TV pilot in place of what could have been the next Fellowship of the Ring. But it is also a rare opportunity for a black actor to play the kind of role that would otherwise have gone to a brooding white guy. Sony and MRC didn’t just race-swap a minor supporting character and shout about progress and inclusivity. They went and race-swapped the outright heroic lead of the story, which is a step further and one that (especially if you’re a fan of the actor) deserves $10 and 90-minutes of your time. As unfair as it is, we have to show the investors and the studios that actors like Idris Elba can succeed in these sorts of roles.

So what are you going to do about it? You may argue that Idris Elba should be James Bond, but have you seen Bastille Day? You say you want more non-white actors with leading roles in mainstream big-budget franchise pictures? Are you among those who tend to picture Idris Elba for every male hero/villain role that comes down the pike? He’s now playing the heroic lead, quite well, I might add, in Sony’s adaptation of The Dark Tower, playing a character who was white in the original books. So you better damn sure show up at the theater this month. Because here’s your chance to put your money where your mouth is.


I know some people may disagree, but the writer is making a fair point. Idris Elba is a great actor & Hollywood should take note.

gay-avengers-assemble  asked:

I read an article on how John Boyega says Game of Thrones is whitewashed??? But whitewashing is replacing an on white character with a white actor which has not happened at all in GOT?? Also pretty much everyone who is not from Westeros is not white. There's just less story in Essos than in Westeros considering it's a show/book about Westeros. I love John Boyega but there is no Whitewashing in GOT

anonymous asked:

Isn't Harry white on the cover of the books?

Book covers aren’t necessarily canon, the majority of the time it’s the publisher making the call as to the design and illustration so as to garner the most sales, and the author doesn’t have any say in the process. And a lot of the times, illustrators won’t have the time to actually read the book, so they might make design choices that go directly against what is portrayed in the book.

As a small example, in Ella Enchanted Ella is described several times as having black hair, but the cover illustration very noticeably depicts her with brunette / red hair.

A more important example, though, is from Justine Larbaleister, the author of Liar, who has a post you should really read about the whitewashing of black characters specifically in YA book covers. She fought like hell against the US cover of Liar in 2009 because it portrayed Micah as a white girl when she’s black in the story, but Bloomsbury made the choice it did because, according to them, black people don’t sell.

Quote from Justine Larbaleister’s post:
This cover did not happen in isolation.

Every year at every publishing house, intentionally and unintentionally, there are white-washed covers. Since I’ve told publishing friends how upset I am with my Liar cover, I have been hearing anecdotes from every single house about how hard it is to push through covers with people of colour on them. Editors have told me that their sales departments say black covers don’t sell. Sales reps have told me that many of their accounts won’t take books with black covers. Booksellers have told me that they can’t give away YAs with black covers. Authors have told me that their books with black covers are frequently not shelved in the same part of the library as other YA—they’re exiled to the Urban Fiction section—and many bookshops simply don’t stock them at all. How welcome is a black teen going to feel in the YA section when all the covers are white? Why would she pick up Liar when it has a cover that so explicitly excludes her?

Another notable example is Ursula K. LeGuin’s A Wizard of Earthsea – as this blog (which also has a lot more examples of YA cover whitewashing) writes:
Ursula K. LeGuin has been vocal about how her characters are depicted on book covers for decades, yet publisher after publisher has disregarded her text. The classic fantasy book follows Ged as he rises in power as a sorcerer. Ged is described in the book as having red-brown skin, yet most of the covers depict him as white, and the movie version is just as bad.

(one small example of why I don’t consider movie portrayals as canon, either, unless explicitly approved by the author. Hollywood is notorious for their widespread whitewashing across all races and movie genres.)

So in short, sure, Harry’s white on the cover of the books, but I take that with a grain of salt because he’s not explicitly stated as being white IN the books, and I take the word of the author as canon, not what the publisher might arbitrarily dictate for the cover.

When Swinton And Cho Talk Race, The Point's Lost In Translation
Two celebrities had an email exchange about race that seemed polite but was loaded with subtext. When the exchange became public, the conversation about who was wrong looked frustratingly familiar.

It was a bizarre Hollywood kerfuffle.

Over the weekend, the publicist for actress Tilda Swinton released an email exchange between Swinton and comedian Margaret Cho about race and casting in Hollywood. Swinton was one of the stars of Dr. Strange and played a character, The Ancient One, who had always been Asian in the comic books on which the movie was based. Swinton had reached out to Cho, an outspoken critic of “whitewashing” in the film industry.

After the email exchange, Cho went on a podcast and characterized the brief conversation as a “fight” in which she said Swinton essentially asked her to make the criticism go away.

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Show me Latinx Lapis Lazuli.

Show me Hawaiian Rose/Steven.

Show me Indian Pearl.

Show me muslimah Peridot.


i’ll find a better post about this to reblog later, but in the mean time please stop whitewashing mccree and reblogging whitewashed mccree.

like i know sometimes it’s hard to tell with different lighting, but even in the most brightest light i could find in an official picture of him, it’s way darker than a lot of the skin tones i’ve been seeing on my dash and elsewhere. so just try to be careful!

You, a likley white person, who uses racial conflict and pseudo support to generate notes and false sense of popularity: ugh i can’t belive they are doing this, they are totally whitewashing sombra! Blizzard is worse than Hitler!!

Me, an actual Mexican intellectual as pictured above: hey look im finally portrayed in a game without really dark skin, thank you Blizzard Entertainment.

Wonder how long before someone makes me Reyes brown and reblogs #fixed it 😡