I know your blog is about People portraying darker skinned characters as a lighter shade of skin. But can you guys be so kinda as to leave Cosplayers alone? Do you know how hard it is to get up the confidence to cosplay in the first place? And its not like a contest or anything, Its a hobby. And really now. Can anybody ever win with you guys. For example if somebody light skinned cosplays Korra you say “SINCE WHEN WAS KORRA WHITE DUDE ” if somebody did their best to look tan “oh thats offensive”. :I Guys really. I know you use the “BUT I DONT SEE DARK SKINNED PEOPLE TRYING TO LOOK LIGHTER” :I Thats because Cosplay is for fun, if they dont want to , they wont. :I So seriously. Chill out on your rage mobile. I dont care about what you complain about with the art but. Leave cosplayers out of it. You’re only being rude and making people feel bad about their cosplays/making people not wanna cosplay their favorite characters and settling for ones with the same skin tone.
(I needed a picture so that explains the crappy paint drawing connected to this.)
CC: Y’all are trying my damned patience. Y’all really are.
Now. I’m going to attempt to calmly explain to you my feelings on this matter.
After this, I couldn’t give a fuck.
- I know your blog is about People portraying darker skinned characters as a lighter shade of skin
You sound like a child dancing around a curse word. Is it that difficult for you to say? This blog is about WHITEWASHING. Say it with me:
W H I T E W A S H I N G.
It isn’t something that should be so taboo. We should never have gotten to a point in the art community where a blog like this needed to be made. We’re not gleeful about addressing bullshit.
:: I’m one of the mods that isn’t bothered at all by white people cosplaying characters of color. While I understand the stance the other mods have taken, it’s just not something that I feel particularly resentful about. See our FAQ for our differing opinions on the matter of white people cosplaying characters of color.
- Do you know how hard it is to get up the confidence to cosplay in the first place?
:: No. Enlighten me /sarcasm.
:: No one ever said it was a contest, no one here ever made it into a contest, if you’re going to come making requests (which I’m not gonna grant anyway), don’t come fucking misinformed. We don’t pit cosplayers against one another, neither do we do that artwork because that’s cruel and that’s what we’re about.
- And really now. Can anybody ever win with you guys. For example if somebody light skinned cosplays Korra you say “SINCE WHEN WAS KORRA WHITE DUDE ” if somebody did their best to look tan “oh thats offensive”.
:: Now this is particularly upsetting. Can you LINK me to where we have bashed white people for cosplaying Korra? I’ve been looking through the blog and, my my, I can’t seem to find it. Where have we reblogged a white cosplayer and told them they were whitewashing? Seriously, I just want to see some proof of that because I don’t believe you.
As for the *tanning* (you mean BROWNFACE), that IS offensive.
Why? Because for DECADES Blackface/Brownface/Yellowface has been used to degrade, dehumanizing and oppress people of color. It’s ALSO been used to prevent entertainers of color from getting jobs (why hire a person of color when you can just PAINT a white person that skin color and throw a wig on em!). The history behind it is so PAINFUL and DANGEROUS and the worst part is it CONTINUES TODAY. People of color have called out Sasha Baron Cohen, Dita Von Teese, Ashton Kutcher, Billy Crystal and Robert Downey Jr. and have been told “you’re too sensitive”. Excuse us for being sensitive about something that contributes to the disregard of our very human lives. It trivializes the plights we face that are caused by our skin color/ethnicity. It’s PAINFUL. I personally find it more hurtful than anything else. So yeah, IT IS OFFENSIVE. I won’t deny that we’ve said that because, though it may be difficult to understand, we’re right.
I know that Sheila girl didn’t mean anything behind her brownface stunt. But as we’ve said before. INTENT DOESN’T MATTER.
Our skin color is not a costume to be worn and taken off. That’s exercising a privilege brown-skinned people of color DO NOT have.
You can’t separate the racist history behind Blackface/Brownface/Yellowface just because you want to cosplay. That’s incredibly selfish and insensitive. People of color still find that HURTFUL.
People have also been sending us messages saying she’s a person of color herself. Still unacceptable. No matter who does it, it’s usually deemed unacceptable. Beyonce donned Blackface to honor Fela Kuti and it sparked much controversy in the Black community.
- I know you use the “BUT I DONT SEE DARK SKINNED PEOPLE TRYING TO LOOK LIGHTER” :I Thats because Cosplay is for fun, if they dont want to , they wont.
Dark skinned people may not paint themselves white to cosplay, but they’re certainly whitening their skin through the use of harmful products/skin bleaches. Whiteness has instilled self-esteem issues within dark skinned communities of all creeds and the response to POC cosplays certainly hasn’t helped. Simple cosplays like Lara Croft and Humanized Ponies have been the target of racist comments and hatred. What’s funny is I see SOOOOOO many of you jumping in front of bullets to save BROWNFACING cosplayers, and yet it’s realllllyyyyy quiet around these fandoms when these people of color are being verbally assaulted.
- So seriously. Chill out on your rage mobile. I dont care about what you complain about with the art but. Leave cosplayers out of it
Don’t fucking tone police. You don’t get to tell me or anyone how to react to something that hurts and oppresses them. Whitewashing erases and further marginalizes people of color. Blackface/Brownface/Yellowface further DEHUMANIZES us and contributes to hate crimes and race related murders.
- You’re only being rude and making people feel bad about their cosplays/making people not wanna cosplay their favorite characters and settling for ones with the same skin tone.
*Sigh* Cosplay your characters. BY ALL MEANS. But people should feel bad for Blackface/Brownface/Yellowface. Y’all should be fucking ashamed.
Now fuck off.