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Reblogged from ami-angelwings  812 notes

ami-angelwings:

summer-of-supervillainy:

hey, remember how everyone was like “holy shit, actual black girl protagonist in historical fantasy” when Kate Elliott’s Cold Magic came out?

remember how she at least looked sorta brown on the cover? a little bit?

image

now, this cover is pretty goddamn whitewashed compared to the book’s descriptions

but here is the kindle cover art

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blue eyes and everything.

they’re not even fucking trying, are they

look at how similar the designs are

down to the hairstyle, the swirly overlay, and the gear in the background

literally the only thing they changed was making her whiter, and turning all the brown design elements blue

THEY WERE LITERALLY LIKE “I CAN SEE NO WAY TO IMPROVE THIS COVER DESIGN EXCEPT TO USE A WHITER GIRL”

Wowwww.  And they kept everything else the same, so it’s not even like they wanted to change the pattern design or anything, it’s like “we like that cover, but she’s not white looking enough…”

I hope that I can bring strong characters. In the original source material, I don’t think the main characters are the protagonists. What I’m hoping is to bring characters… Nobody’s interesting. Tetsuo’s interesting because weird sh*t happens to him, and Kaneda is so two-dimensional. That’s part of the Japanese culture, they never have strong characters. They’re used as a way to move the other philosophy forward.

By

Jaume Collett-Serra, or as The Mary Sue describes it, the “director of the cancelled white-washed live action Akira” who is “still trying to make [whitewashed] live action Akira.

Just a reminder that a bunch of Asian American organizations have politely asked WB to not whitewash and to cast Asian Americans in movies like this Akira project.

Reblogged from fandomforequality  3,560 notes
fandomforequality:

White Until Proven Minority
By Lauren Anthony

It’s nothing new that western society tends to default everyone to white until proven otherwise. This is most common in books and radio shows where there isn’t a visual representation of the character in front of the audience. If a character isn’t explicitly stated as being a person of color, most people just assume the character is white. Things can get complicated when the actor portraying the character is a person of color but passes for white or if a character was incorrectly read by many people as white.

Read the full article at Fandom For Equality

fandomforequality:

White Until Proven Minority

By Lauren Anthony

It’s nothing new that western society tends to default everyone to white until proven otherwise. This is most common in books and radio shows where there isn’t a visual representation of the character in front of the audience. If a character isn’t explicitly stated as being a person of color, most people just assume the character is white. Things can get complicated when the actor portraying the character is a person of color but passes for white or if a character was incorrectly read by many people as white.

Read the full article at Fandom For Equality

irresistible-revolution:

graphitetroll:

irresistible-revolution:

literally how do we still have people who think there r white ppl in ATLA

how?????

youre kidding.

i wish i was

Because we’re still conditioned to see whiteness when it isn’t there.  Because in American media, characters are considered white until proven otherwise.   Because whiteness is viewed as default personhood without labels.  

    thetwerkingthomas asked
    I've heard some people say that a white person cosplaying a character that happens to be non-white is culture appropriation, what do you say?

    Answer:

    Uhhh I say that there are hundreds of posts in the tags for this, as well as on a ton of other blogs and that this is not a question that PoC should have to constantly be answering.

    Not just because a ton has already been said on the subject and is easily accessible to anyone with the internet resources and literacy level to learn about it, but because whether or not a white person decides to cosplay a character of color should not be based on the opinion of some person of color you know of from the internet.   It should be based on an informed decision you have made using the context of the character you are cosplaying, your own knowledge of racism, and your own ethical judgement.

Reblogged from imfromthebbc  156 notes

    imfromthebbc:

    I stumbled upon this video from last december and was shocked. The video is called ‘George Takei Disses William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy’ but actually at the end Takei starts discussing about Khan being white washed in the reboot. Although Conan asked Takei his opinion on the matter, he quickly cuts him and dismisses the subject altogether.

    This really felt wrong and thankfully a lot of people in the comments seem to think the same. I know it’s an edited internet clip and maybe Takei got to talk more about it afterwards but the fact it’s edited like that for internet seems already shitty. The part i’m talking about starts around 2:50.

    There was a panel for Red Tails that was recorded for the internet where actor David Oyelowo talked about being misidentified as “African American”  and other microaggressions that have impacted his modern day experience as a black actor.   I was excited to watch the recorded panel when it went online but of course the that segment of the interview was edited out.  

    Even when actors of color do risk speak out against discrimination, there are many ways their voices are kept from being fully heart.

Reblogged from la-trinite-fatal  923 notes

CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE WAY RACIST EXCLUSIONS OF NON-WHITE PEOPLE IS PERPETUATED IN THE MEDIA?

la-trinite-fatal:

Can we talk about the way racist exclusions of non-white people is perpetuated in the media?

First: you have a whole bunch of traditional books,films, comics, tv shows and other media created for white people by white people using all white characters and white history to tell their stories. This was due to high levels of racism that was of course ubiquitous at the time. Fine. Cool. Whatever. 

And of course at this same time it was virtually impossible for non-white film makers and storytellers to do the same thing for themselves and carve out spaces in mainstream Euro-American media because again, racism, of course. Cool. Whatever.

Now, decades later, you have all this media being reproduced and introduced to generation after generation over and over again. It’s being reproduced because it has had time to simmer in popular culture and has thus, become extremely profitable. An opportunity non-white media has very rarely had. Keep in mind, the media being reproduced is the same media that historically excluded non white people because of racism. 

Fast forward to present day, you have people justifying the perpetuation of this exclusion because- well, that’s how the story was originally was. It was originally set in a white area. It originally has white characters. etc and so forth. Fans just want to be~ true to the story~. “Don’t force race into it. It’s just the story”

Also,remember because white media is what audiences are accustomed seeing, it’s the safest tried and true way to gain profits- movie makers KEEP doing all white stories, or mostly white stories, mostly white lead characters, hiring white writers etc. 

This my friends, is how racism and white supremacy reproduces itself automatically. You don’t even need to put any malice or effort into it to upkeep it. All you need to do is sit back and do nothing. It’s truly amazing. 

Reblogged from klokateercatlady  3,759 notes

White Only

klokateercatlady:

rossjm:

browngirlsintherain:

Hollywood has no problem

Finding people of color 

To play terrorists, thugs,

And mindless villains

But casting one to be a hero

Sorry,

Those roles are reserved

For the actors and actresses

Who are the best for the part

But why does that always translate to

Sorry

These roles are white only

Will Smith
Samuel L. Jackson
Morgan Freeman
Jamie Foxx
Denzel Washington
Sidney Poitier 
Eddie Murphy
Laurence Fishburne
Forest Whitaker
Bill Cosby
James Earl Jones
Chris Tucker

Halle Berry
Whoopi Goldberg
Kerry Washington
Viola Davis
Queen Latifah
Stacey Dash
Pam Grier
Vivica A. Fox
Jada Pinkett Smith
Zoe Saldana
Thandie Newton
Vanessa Williams

So, how does it feel to be wrong? You’re a nasty race baiter, stirring up racial issues. You’re not helping people of colour when you pull this type of ignorant shit. In fact, complaining about non-existent issues just helps to keep the race divide open.

Jeffrey Write - Beetee

Since the first one struck a chord, here is a second poem:

Something was wrong with the drinking water from Well X865, so the citizens of Water District X865 filed a complaint with the Official Water Controller of Colony Alpha.

Symptoms from drinking water from Well 865 included losing your voice, feeling clammy and pale and wobbly, and parasitic worms twisting in the gut.  Eating the fish from Well 865 would make you even sicker.

"Well X865 is poisoned," the Citizens of X865 said.  "It is making us sick."

A citizen of Water District X444 said: “How can you say that?   Citizens TN35 and KW29 drink that water and they aren’t sick.  KW29 is even a respected leader in Colony Alpha.   There’s nothing wrong with Well X865.”

"For what it’s worth, I am a resident of District X865," said Citizen MF90, "and I feel fine.  I don’t mind throwing up every once in a while after eating the fish. I just buy my water from District X444."

"There are hundreds of us who are sick," said KW29, "and actually, I have to strain my voice to be heard."

"I’m the only person in my family who isn’t sick," TN35 said.

The X444 resident said:  ”Your district needs to get it together.  Maybe you are drinking the water wrong— take slower sips.  Make sure you swallow it in your stomach and not your lungs..  Don’t be irresponsible   Focus on the citizens in your district who feel fine like MF90.  He’s doing fine.”

"You can’t possibly expect us to keep giving you more of our leftover fish and water," said the X444 citizen, who did not live  in the same water district or drink same water as the complaint filers, 

"Actually," said KW29, "We don’t want your leftovers.  Because they control the water supply and our well has poison in it, we would just like the Official Water Controller to please fix our well."

"You’re just a nasty environmentalist who is stirring up conflict between our Districts," said the resident from X444.  "You’re ignorant and you’re not helping your residents making up a problem that doesn’t exist.  Complaining about poisoned water just opens things up for more water poisonings."

These kinds of responses are part of what makes it so difficult to talk about race and media representation.    The original poster is discussing thoroughly-researchedfrequently-documented, and pretty self-evident racial disparities in the American entertainment industry.  

The commenter lists some actors of color who have managed to find some success in Hollywood despite these systemic barriers and props them up as proof that these disparities do not exist—even though even the actors used as examples continue to report personally experiencing racism and discrimination.  As if Jeffrey Wright’s supporting role in The Hunger Games is proof that Hollywood doesn’t stereotype or reserve lead roles for certain groups?  In addition, all of the successful actors of color listed are all black actors, as if this one demographic of actors represents all underrepresented groups in Hollywood.

Then there’s the accusation that people who complain about racism are the ones who perpetrate it—as if discussing racial disparities is more harmful than pretending racism doesn’t exist.  To quote MLK**:

"Actually, we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured."  - Letter from a Birmingham Jail

[*since many people who espouse racist colorblind ideologies like to quote him, why not

**note: this is on de jure segregation but still applicable to conversations about other racial justice issues]

Reblogged from glamourweaver  356 notes
glamourweaver:

racebending:

The screenwriter of the Starship Troopers remake, Zack Stentz, says that his script will be an “actual adaptation” of the Robert Heinlein novel. 
So that means the main character won’t be whitewashed like he was in the previous film adaptation, right?
Read our old article about Starship Troopers at Racebending.com and if you’d like, drop the writer a tweet in support of a pinoy Juan Rico.

Just to note that even if they write it that way, writers don’t control casting. Watch and be amazed as the studio invokes “color blind” casting to “happen” to cast white leads “because they were the best actors for the part”.

Yeah… pretty much.

glamourweaver:

racebending:

The screenwriter of the Starship Troopers remake, Zack Stentz, says that his script will be an “actual adaptation” of the Robert Heinlein novel

So that means the main character won’t be whitewashed like he was in the previous film adaptation, right?

Read our old article about Starship Troopers at Racebending.com and if you’d like, drop the writer a tweet in support of a pinoy Juan Rico.

Just to note that even if they write it that way, writers don’t control casting. Watch and be amazed as the studio invokes “color blind” casting to “happen” to cast white leads “because they were the best actors for the part”.

Yeah… pretty much.

Reblogged from theartofnotwriting  312 notes
    cafewednesdays asked
    Hi! I'm a huge fan of the Divergent trilogy and I was just wondering how exactly Tobias looked like, I mean, what race? Because there are these opinions floating around that Tobias's race was never mentioned so he might be dark-skinned? Is he, though?

    Answer:

    theartofnotwriting:

    This is an interesting question that I have been asked a lot lately, so I’m going to babble about it for awhile.

    One of the reasons this answer has become so complicated for me is this very interesting project that I’ve spent a lot of time looking at lately: http://humanae.tumblr.com/. After you look at it for awhile, skin color doesn’t seem so easy to attach to race. Or easy to define at all.

    Here is how Evelyn, Tobias’s mother, is described: “She has curly black hair and olive skin. Her features are stern, so angular they almost make her unattractive, but not quite. …At that moment I realize that he and the woman have the same nose— hooked, a little too big on her face but the right size on his. They also have the same strong jaw, distinct chin, spare upper lip, stick-out ears. Only her eyes are different— instead of blue, they are so dark they look black.”

    Evelyn is a POC. I don’t know if Marcus’s skin tone is ever described, but I have always pictured him as white and it seems likely, given that he has blue eyes. (Which is not necessarily a given, with blue eyes, but it’s more common.)

    Tobias is described as having his mother’s facial features, but Tris doesn’t notice that until she meets Evelyn. Instead, she notes that Tobias is similar to his father (somewhere— I can’t find it right now), or at least familiar, and in Insurgent Caleb and Tobias have this exchange:

    -“Does everyone know you’re Marcus’s son? The Abnegation, I mean?”

    -“Not to my knowledge. And I would appreciate it if you didn’t mention it.”

    -“I don’t need to mention it. Anyone with eyes can see it for themselves.”

    It’s important to me that Tobias look like both of his parents, because his parents are both important people, and I wanted people to be able to see the combination of both parents in his face. Since Tobias’s features are described as being VERY close to his mother’s, I always envisioned his coloring as being close to his father’s, which is why Caleb thinks that people will know Tobias and Marcus are related just by looking at them.

    So my highly convoluted answer to your question is: Tobias is mixed race, and while that doesn’t mean he’s as pale as Marcus, it does mean he’s closer to Marcus than Evelyn, in terms of skin color (since she’s decidedly in the middle of the spectrum).

    The truth is, I often wish that I had chosen to have a darker-skinned main character in the books (so, either Tobias or Tris), but I wasn’t aware of my own racial “default setting” when I wrote Divergent, or of the severe lack of diversity in YA main characters. I have since become aware and I intend to change things up in the future. But all I can do now is work with what I set up in the first two books, which is why I spent all this time analyzing it for you.

    So a mixed race actor was cast in this role, right?