Photoshopping does more than alter our sense of body image in terms of weight. It also portrays false ideals of skin pigment.
Imagine being a kid in school. Your teacher comes up with an idea for class picture. Every student will draw pictures of their friends.
Everyone starts drawing enthusiasticly, and can’t wait to see what they look like in the drawings. When pictures are ready you notice that popular students have more pictures than rest, but nobody has done a drawing of you. The teacher notices that too, and asks if someone would do your picture. To your horror the class clown takes the job, and comes up with a caricature of you. Others are laughing, but you’re not. You feel awful. The teacher notices that. and asks again someone to do a drawing of you. One of the ‘good students’ starts drawing, but the result is forced. It’s just a drawing of a generic child wearing a shirt of same color as you a wearing. There’s no spirit, no soul in it. You start sensing that the class is geting frustrated with you. They want to be done with this. You ask quietly the teacher if you could do a drawing yourself.
After school your classmates confront you. Why did you have to make such a big deal out of it? The first picture was funny. The second picture was just fine! The drawing you did yourself wasn’t right, do you think you are that good-looking? There were other kids who got only one or two pictures of themselves. Who are you to demand special treatment? Maybe there would have been a picture of you if you weren’t such annoying baby, nobody likes you anyway, and nobody’s going to if you keep on being like that, you don’t deserve a drawing!
This could be story of bullying, but it’s also about how I see portraying LGBTQ+-people and PoC in mainstream entertainment.
Thanks to Fandoms and Feminism for inspiration!
This is a great metaphor.
Study Series, 2011, Charcoal and pastel on paper, 50 x 70cm
"The work looks at the lasting affects upon the individual who finds themselves absent from the dominant cultural fiction that is tasked to posit them within ideological framework of society. What effects does this have upon a child when they glance into the cultural mirror and fail to see their reflection?”
i always thought i hated history growing up
which is a shame because i LOVE history
turns out i just hated “shitty white dudes love war” hour
Saying someone is racist for being more attracted to a certain race than others is like saying someone is sexist for being more attracted to a certain gender.
This is literally so perfect
Why don’t you take a moment to ask yourself why you don’t find a certain race attractive. At the very least, consider the fact that you’re generalizing about an entire race of people (even implying that you think they look the same).
Which is inherently racist.
Seriously, read this link. It took me about 2 minutes on Google to find explanations for why this is completely flawed logic - this piece is the best one of the four I threw together though, so if you’re only going to bother with one, do that one.
did she get a haircut
no she’s not in uniform
Is that a new bow?What the actual fuck
new lipstick colour
I’m thinking it’s the blush application
Def the blush…
she was black until she was important.
To those who say that whitewashing in Hollywood isn’t a thing:
- Irene from the movie Drive was Latina in the original novel, and her name was Irina. Carey Mulligan, a white woman, was cast in the part without an audition.
- The movie A Beautiful Mind is based on a true story. In real life, however, Alicia Nash, John Nash’s wife, is from El Salvador. She was portrayed in the film by Jennifer Connolly, a white woman.
- 30 Days of Night was based on a comic book miniseries. In the comics, however, the main character, Eben Olemaun, is an Inuit man. Futhermore, the town of Barrow, Alaska is described as being 57% Native American, 22% White, and yet in the movie, only one Inuit character was featured. You can’t tell me that all of those Caucasian extras were hired on acting ability, they don’t even talk.
- The movie 21 is based on a true story, in which most of the participants of the casino scam were Asian-American. In the movie, however, the main characters were white, and the Asian-American characters were poorly developed and badly written.
- They cast a white kid as Goku in Dragonball.Seriously. That happened.
- Dastan from Prince of Persia should have been, shocking, a Persian guy. Or, more specifically, probably Iranian. He was instead portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal, who is white. Nobody in the movie was actually Middle Eastern, if I’m not mistaken, and the movie took place in the middle of the goddamn Persian Empire, where there probably weren’t a whole lot of white people walking around. Just sayin’.
- In Isaac Marion’s book Warm Bodies, Nora was half-Ethiopian. In the movie, she’s white.
- Every single person in the goddamn The Last Airbender movie should have been Asian. The entire series was based on Asian mythologies, borrowed heavily from Asian culture, and should have been immensely culturally diverse. Instead, all of the main characters were white, except for the villains. The characters who hailed from the Fire Nation, particularly Prince Zuko, Commander Zhao, and General Iroh, were portrayed by Indian people.
- Katniss Everdeen, Gale Hawthorne, and a large portion of the other inhabitants of the Seam were described as being “olive-skinned, black-haired, and gray-eyed.” Katniss and Seeder, the Tribute from District 11, were described in the books as having similar skin tones, and Seeder was portrayed in the movie as a black woman. Even then, the casting call sent out for Katniss sought out a Caucasian actress. They didn’t even consider women that actually fit the description of Katniss from the books.
But, I mean, the best actor always wins out, right? Whitewashing is a myth, right, it doesn’t actually happen.
- Angel Coulby, a black woman, was heavily criticized for portraying Guinevere in Merlin, a character traditionally played by a white woman. She did audition for this part.
- Donald Glover, a black man, received ridiculous amounts of scrutiny and negative attention for being linked to the part of Peter Parker, a traditionally white character.
But it’s their talent that matters, right?
Nobody’s criticizing Benedict Cumberbatch, especially not after learning that he was basically duped into accepting the part of Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness. Dude’s crazy talented. He’ll probably win an Oscar for something or another eventually.
The crazy talented Indian actor who could have played Khan, a Northern Indian character, and received mainstream exposure and a possible launchpad for his career, however? He won’t.
Just adding Talia al Ghul, Ra’s al Ghul and Bane to the whitewashed list.
If you’re the first people on Earth, “cavemen”, why are you white? Why are you a redhead? Why do you have freckles? Why arE YOUR EYES GREEN? WHY IS YOUR HAIR STRAIGHT??
Just another example about how, curiously, no one cares about the vaunted “accuracy” when it gets in the way of making everyone white.
Honestly, can we all stop pretending that all the rationalizations people offer are anything other than flimsy excuses to exclude PoC from media?
Me literally every time I see the add. You are in Africa…you are a caveman, redhair green eyes and freckles are mutations that don’t exist yet. Why don’t you have dark skin? Why are you white? White literally doesn’t exist yet if you’re the “last caveman” you have barely made it into Eurasia. What are you doing
But noooo this chick can run around looking like Brave but the second you say “hey there should be black people here.” everyone jumps down your throat with “accr883ciiee!” but then show them proof and they like “race don’t matter” then it’s like if race doesn’t matter, why aren’t black people there? And it’s a never ending loop of white people just twisting backwards to not have POC in shit.
They will literally break their backs to exclude us, congrats on all that…effort?
It’s just embarrassing. The makers of Finding Nemo went scuba diving so they could be as accurate as possible with their depiction of FISH and these dumbasses who made this movie couldn’t spare five minutes to google that cavemen would never have been white with red hair and green eyes? (or of course they did know that but you know, racism)
- Out Of A Whole Planet’s Population, One Hero Will Be Chosen: It’s Probably Going To Be A White Dude
Well we are the majority the odds are in our favor
no yoU AREN’T THAT WAS THE POINT OF THIS POST YOU DENSEHEADED DINGLEFRICKER
Today I learned that “The Whole Planet” means the United States and Europe.
In which white dudes still aren’t the majority, because 1/2 are female and plenty of those males ain’t white.
lol logic how do
That’s right. I don’t want to draw people of colour. Why? I don’t find them aesthetically pleasing. And no, that doesn’t make me racist. I have nothing against people of colour. I don’t have a problem with them. Some of my best friends are people of colour, and I don’t think any less of them for that.
I just don’t find poc attractive. Kinda like I don’t find big noses or buck teeth attractive. Or curly hair, or bushy eyebrows, or super thin lips, or certain face shapes. Or a lot of Freckles. Or really huge butts. Or ginormous boobs.
I like to draw things that I find attractive or interesting, so that’s what I’ll draw. If it doesn’t fit into what I think is attractive or interesting, I tend not to draw it.
And I don’t have to. So all you “BAH YOU DON’T DRAW POC! YOU RACIST!” people need to stfu. People can draw whatever the fuck they want, and you can’t force them to draw something they don’t want to. They might be racist, they might not. But it doesn’t matter. We all have free will.
submitted by -belle-of-ponderosa
Don’t you dare use your friends that are PoC to justify your vile words. We people of color, we do not all look the same but words such as yours, have been used for hundreds of years to demonize our features, to stigmatize us. Congratulations, you are another no good racist artist. - Yazmine
so you find only white people attractive and interesting
that’s not racist at all!
Fuuuuuuck me. Here are some of belle-of-ponderosa’s comments:
"I never said they do all have brown skin. But do they have brown hair or eyes? Probably. People who think hating a colour is stupid: maybe, but it’s actually a psychological issue I have. The colour fucking makes me sick. I hate it. It makes me want to crawl out of my skin.”
"I just don’t find those who possess certain coloring (even people with white skin and brown hair or eyes) pretty.”
"I shouldn’t bother wasting my time talking to people who don’t even understand what racism is and just insult me when they don’t even know me over what I find attractive.”
"I honestly didn’t think people would get butthurt over me not finding features attractive. As for my shitstorm comment? Yeah. This whole thing is fucking amusing. I can’t believe people got so worked up over it. ”
"As for saying I’m somewhat racist: I am. Everyone is. People have little things that they think or feel that they don’t realize is racist. The ways in which I am somewhat racist are like, that I feel much safer walking past a non-native guy at night than a native one. Things like that."
"Woot. I’m loving the shit storm I caused.”
In response to someone being called out as homophobic: “ Alright, yes she is. So what? Is it right? No. But she’s allowed to be that way. I’m racist in some regards. Is that right? Hell no. but I am, and I have the right to feel that way, just like she has the right to be homophobic. It’s not against the law to be a bigot. As long as she doesn’t go discriminating, it’s a non issue. ”
Edit: She’s deleted her tumblr. Good riddance.
Microaggressions tumblr’s post about the Disney Princess lunchbag reminded me to go to the Disney Store website to see what has resulted from the franchise’s recent redesign. It was cool to see a diverse array of kids playing with the toys on the website (although it’d be cool to see some boys playing with some of the Princess stuff, alongside the girls, too.)
This designed rolled out alongside the Cinderella blu-ray release. You can tell the merchandise is from the new “generation” because Cinderella has a different hairstyle (loose bangs), Jasmine’s earrings are different, and Belle has substantially more hair. (Note that in the film Cinderella has light brown hair and wears a white dress; in merchandise she usually has bright blonde hair and a blue dress.)
The vast majority of merchandise features multiple white princesses, usually in the forefront. Princesses of color may or may not be included, when they are included there is usually only one of them, even when there are more than one of them they are usually in positioned the background or off to the side.
While several items of merchandise feature a group of white Princesses, no items of merchandise as part of the Dinsey Princess product line feature Princesses of color. (Which would be different and heck, I’d buy it.)
There are even several outfits modeled by young black girls that do not feature Princess Tiana and instead feature a cluster of white princesses + Jasmine. There’s even an outfit modeled by an Asian girl that only features white princesses. (That’s not to say that girls of color can’t be fans of the princesses who are white, only to say that it is bizarre that the models are more diverse than the merchandise and that it’s odd that there is no outfit with only princesses of color modeled by a white girl, for example.)
Each product’s design positions the princesses differently, so this is not the case of using the same picture for several different pieces of merchandise. More pictures of merch here.
This merchandise can and does send implicit messages to kids. Disney…you just redesigned your merchandise and the women of color are still absent or on the margins.
Okay so I know this is kinda taboo but anyways.
Frida Kahlo: Not too easy on the eyes. I mean she’s got the lady-mo and the monobrow thing going on. She didn’t know where to put her blush or what shade lipstick would obviously suit her skin tone. Really, she’s a bit of a wreck. So this got me to thinking. What would have happened if her girlfriends had done the right thing and taken her to a beautician, (which clearly needed to happen)? I did a subtle re-paint over the top of her original self-portrait to “conceptualize” what it would have looked like if she had been whisked off to Beauty Works or the likes….I didn’t want to alter the integrity of the original painting too much. What do you reckon?
Did you really just skin-lighten a Frida Kahlo self portait
and remove her facial hair
and call her “a wreck”
and then say she couldn’t choose a fucking lipstick to suit her skin tone
after you changed her skin tone
how can one person be everything that is wrong with the world at once
I don’t think she changed her skin tone but still.. ! What the fuck are you doing? Who cares about making her beautiful by western beauty industry standards. You’re going against everything that makes her really beautiful. Frida had a bunch of fucked up shit happen to her, unibrow and all. And she wore her facial hair with pride. It’s part of who she was and what made her a strong, proud, awesome woman and symbol of feminism. The fact that you consider her friends not taking her to a salon to ‘fix’ her ‘flaws’, wrong. Only serves to show how shallow you really are. You don’t have to buy in to the shit they sell you to be beautiful. And fuck you, photoshop pictures of yourself next time.
I beg to differ.
Removing the lowlights and expanding the midtones and highlights to cover previously dark areas in order to “even out” the skintone counts as “lightening”.
Here’s a half-and-half comparison to better see what was done here:
This is basically what most hydroquinone skin-bleaching creams are touted to do.
The audacity of this person to try and “fix” Frida. I cannot.
It’s a white man that did this.
And it’s sad because by his (original) artwork, he does seem talented. Why is it that such talented people do such terrible things?
Because white supremacy.
Fuck anyone who thinks this is okay.
The fucking white male privilege, the sexism and the racism…fucking astounding.
-Redd, who is still pissed as fuck over this bullshit.
Let’s not forget that he:
- Thinks there is a formula for “pretty girls”. [x]
- Portrays racial stereotypes. (Note that he usually portrays people from other countries at labourers in field, and rarely shows people from other countries in powerful roles.) [x] [x]
- Thinks having the “correct proportions” on a woman means taking away her muscles and making her facial expressions soft instead of badass. [x]
- Uses gender-stereotypical superhero poses. [x] [x]
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME YOU PIECE OF SHIT
fuck you op
Liam Neeson as Ra’s Al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises. His name in Arabic has been translated in the comics as “The Demon’s Head”. Ra’s Al Ghul is born to a tribe of nomads in a desert somewhere in Arabia, near a city whose inhabitants’ ancestors have journeyed to the Arabian Peninsula from China.
Marion Cotillard as Talia Al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises. The graphic novel “Batman: Birth of the Demon” explains how she was of mixed Chinese and Arab descent.
Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Bane is Hispanic. There is no getting around it. He was born in the fictional Caribbean Republic of Santa Prisca, in a prison called Peña Dura, and speaks Spanish as his first language. Bane is a person of color.
Chimamanda Adichie: “The danger of a single story”
I love, love, love this speech. Everything in it applies to everyone in some way, regardless of race, nationality, religion, etc. I’m sure we can all come up with instances where we assumed that a certain group of people were one way based on “a single story” we’d been told, and were surprised to discover that that group is more diverse than we thought and more similar to us than we thought.
“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes in not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” -Chimamanda Adichie
Please watch and enjoy! :-)
I’ve had this bookmarked for ages, and seen several people refer to it, so I finally sat down and watched it. It is utterly brilliant.