Enjoy these swapped skin colors.
'Cus guess what:
The characters are still the same. It shouldn’t matter what skin-color they are.
Heck even if we change their hair color/style, their gender, their sexuality-
They are still the same character.
So next time someone makes an interpretation of a Character, whether it’s art, cosplay or an AU. Remember character is still the same- no matter what their appearance is.
Can someone literally explain to me why people are now trying to go out of their way to whitewash Emerald? I don’t care what your original message was, why did you have to specifically whitewash Emerald, and blackface Roman and Mercury to make your point??????
- As a black woman, I don’t care that you went out of your way to make Mercury and Roman POC. I think what you’re doing is putting your fingers in your ears and ignoring everyone else.
- The ENTIRE photo edit is ugly, by the way, because if you really gave a shit about the issue, it wouldn’t look so bad. The way you recolored them all is garish, and you’re an insult to the art of digital photo-manipulation.
- Also it looks like you weren’t trying to portray an AU with it either. But maybe that’s just me.
Second of all, the intent behind coloring a fictional character a specific way is what you really need to analyze.
- There are artists that color characters a specific way to portray a minority for diversity- which is very important for some people to latch onto and feel validated and sympathize with a character.
- And there are people (such as yourself) who whitewash or blackface characters and ignore the entire point of said diversity just to try to get noticed in an argument, and ERASE the validation of non-white characters and/or non-white portrayals of characters.
- Cosplayers can cosplay whoever the fuck they want, but should not have to “change their race” in order to do so.
- You literally compared race, sexuality/gender, and hairstyles in the same sentence? One of these things is not like the others.
Please critically examine your intent behind this (awful) photo manip you made, and examine why you’re about to get a hell of a lot of flack for making it despite the “happy-go-lucky can’t we all just agree” message you’re trying to sugar coat it with. You SAY that “it’s the same characters and it shouldn’t matter how they’re presented” but I don’t think you really know what you mean by that.
White people are the majority in a lot of existing media.
Non-white people are NOT.
Portraying a white character as POC does not have the same erasure as portraying a POC character as white.