No, that would be racebending, and tarring is actually a violent act in which a victim had hot tar poured on them.
So why isn’t whitewashing referred to as racebending as well?
That’s because whitewashing takes away representation from people of color, whereas racebending gives it back.
But I still don’t see why it has to have a name all to itself. Why not just call it race bending to white? THE word whitewashing is almost a little racist in itself (NOT to white people but to other ethnic groups who have all their races shunted sideways and generalized into one big label, taking away their individualities) Do you get what I mean?
Do I get what you mean? No. Not at all.
It has its own name because it describes something specific that is harmful. Whitewashing is saying that people of color and our features do not deserve to be seen, that we are only good enough if we are white or look white, that white people make better people of color than actual people of color.
Racebending says that people of color can and should exist regardless of what racist traditions in fantasy and Hollywood dictate. They are not the same, nor do they have the same meaning or connotation.
And whitewashing is even used more to insert white people in contexts where they don’t belong, while racebending actually serves to change formulas of hollywhite to give a better representation for poc in a world that would rather demonize them and reduce them to stereotypes, whitewashing serves to reinforce the idea that white should be universal in past, present, and future contexts.
quick background: our year 12 (senior year in USA etc) common room has an entire wall dedicated to attractive celebrities. people are free to add to it as they wish, and for the majority of the year it was nothing, nothing but white guys. (i attend an all-girl’s school, so this does have some logic.) recently some white girls made an appearance, although the POC were mostly on there as jokes.
so me and adiel-ism decided to implement the “lucy liu for all your favourite white dudebros” meme in real life.
the results were, to be honest, absolutely stunning.