pt. 2 that we *do* have is infuriating. Not to be *that* per - fuck it - I will be. There are more than enough white characters in all medias for white people to have and cosplay while people of color are only just now getting interesting & dynamic characters to have for ourselves, so why are you taking what little we do have, appropriating it and then trying to justify your bullshit? bitches, have SEVERAL seats. (oh, and OT, LOVE your gifs/gif usage XD ;3)
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I’m actually one of the people who kinda agree with that. Like why take what little we have? I get liking a character and wanting to be them, but it’s more so frustrating because a white person cosplaying a brown character will get more praised than a brown person cosplaying a brown character. :/ Not to mention the general bs of when a PoC, especially brown PoC, cosplay white skinned characters. Just a few minutes ago, I saw an Asian woman cosplaying as Wonder Woman and someone commented “since when is Wonder Woman Asian?” And yet when I see hordes of white Korra cosplayers, I don’t hear anyone saying “since when is Korra white?” It’s the reactions that irk me the most, and why I have a “just don’t take these few characters we can do ‘accurately’ away from us” mindset.
As for giving artists the benefit of the doubt, I was recently thinking how if it’s only a shade or two, I sort of do the same thing. I’ve gone to reblog something like that as whitewashing only to stop, or reassess my approach because it could have been an honest mistake of just choosing a wrong palette (or we’ve had cases where people added filters and that lightened the artwork up a shade or two). But even then, I feel it’s still important to address it, because that shade or two can, in retrospect, be a HUGE difference. Whitewashing is whitewashing no matter how minuscule.
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