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Angel Coulby as Bilbo Bramble Baggins—burglar, Ring-bearer, poet, translator, Elf-friend and scholar. After an adventurous youth, she spent her twilight years in Rivendell, working on her memoir, There and Back Again, as well as the compendium of lore, Translations from the Elvish. She was granted the great privilege of traveling to the Grey Havens with the last of the Elven lords, and passed into the West in her 131st year.

(because nonsenstalare mentioned it and I am contractually obligated to make a gifset for every genderswap that catches my interest.)

(Source: notbecauseofvictories)

mutantninjaturdle:

panasonicyouth:

glossylalia:

fuckyeaharthuriana:

pumpkinmeloncholy:

djjarak:

Before I say a word, know that I’m not a racist. I simply think that changing the ethnicity of classic characters just to prove how not racist you are is a cheap thing for production companies to do. I mean, Lancelot was not an African. Not in one story or piece of art was he depicted as anything but an English born white man. Do you have any idea how rare Africans were in England in those days? Only just recently has the first skeletal remains of a black man been found and from the condition of them, he was most likely a slave and not treated very well. I know Lancelot isn’t real. Unlike Mulan, he really is from a fairy tale… but c’mon. I know I may sound like I’m taking this stuff too seriously, but why bother getting into a TV series if you’re not going to let yourself really get into it.

Isn’t it hilarious when you think about the fact that Lancelot didn’t exist? You know who else didn’t exist? Basically every character in this series! Do you know what else didn’t exist? Magic…magic totally didn’t exist. And people couldn’t turn into dragons. And there are no such things as wraiths. There’s a lot about this show that could be complaining about, but you’ve chosen to complain about the fact that Lancelot isn’t white. 
Dear self-proclaimed non-racist, if in a fantasy series, with magic and dragons and entire universes existing through portals in hats, you find it more unrealistic/unbelievable that Lancelot is played by a person of colour, what do you think that makes you? 
I don’t see as many complaints when history’s completely white-washed and characters who should be people of colour aren’t played by people of colour. I don’t see anyone complaining because Jesus is usually depicted by a blonde-haired blue-eyed white dude even though there was no way in hell he was white. Just because Lancelot’s always been depicted as someone white doesn’t mean it should stay that way, (especially when you consider the fact that people of colour are severely underrepresented in entertainment). The story of King Arthur is a legend that has been interpreted many different ways through many different lenses and in fact, there are a few black characters who do appear in the legends. There are even artistic depictions of at least one knight as a black man: 

[Art by Pavel Tatarnikov]
There might not have been very many Africans in England and Wales, but contrary to popular belief, black people didn’t suddenly appear on earth as downtrodden slaves. There were significant numbers of black Africans who went to Europe during the 15 century onward. Also, ever heard of Moors? They ruled parts of the Iberian Peninsula for 700 years (from 8th-15th centuries). North Africa was very prosperous and advanced in comparison to England during the middle ages. There are plenty of depictions and mentions of wealthy blacks in actual European history. There are also depictions of people of colour in popular stories (Shakespeare’s Othello for instance).
Simply because there was a skeleton of one black man found in England that indicates that he was likely poor, doesn’t mean every black person in England (during whatever time period you’re invoking to support your ill-formed ideas) was poor. There is historical evidence of wealthy people of colour from various time periods in England and even though European history tends to be depicted as completely white in general—it wasn’t. That sort of thinking doesn’t even make any sense when you consider that there were Africans in ancient Rome. It doesn’t make any sense when you consider that there was plenty of trade happening between European countries and African countries for centuries—honestly, these continents are not that far apart at all (Strait of Gibraltar).  
In addition, slavery as we think of it did not exist until the trans atlantic slave trade, and though there were systems of slavery in various parts of the world—including England, they weren’t race-based. 
Next time you launch a complaint like this, perhaps you should spend a little time actually googling for historical reference? I mean, not that it matters since as we’ve established, Lancelot didn’t exist and there are people who turn into wolves and dragons on this show. I’m sure your delicate sensibilities will be just fine. 

Thank you for this commentary. (And Palamedes, Safir and Segwarides were PoC in arthurian legends).

OP is a complete, incorrect mess. Bless this commentary.
And I will forever link to this piece since people insist on continuing to be ignorant.

god i love smackdown’s like this
it will be forever mind-boggling that folks can’t believe in people of color in fantasy worlds but dragons are totally believable

Bringing back my old meme, Beardy Unwashed White Fantasy Guy, in the following flavors:


make your own guys, they’re perfect for snarking

mutantninjaturdle:

panasonicyouth:

glossylalia:

fuckyeaharthuriana:

pumpkinmeloncholy:

djjarak:

Before I say a word, know that I’m not a racist. I simply think that changing the ethnicity of classic characters just to prove how not racist you are is a cheap thing for production companies to do. I mean, Lancelot was not an African. Not in one story or piece of art was he depicted as anything but an English born white man. Do you have any idea how rare Africans were in England in those days? Only just recently has the first skeletal remains of a black man been found and from the condition of them, he was most likely a slave and not treated very well. I know Lancelot isn’t real. Unlike Mulan, he really is from a fairy tale… but c’mon. I know I may sound like I’m taking this stuff too seriously, but why bother getting into a TV series if you’re not going to let yourself really get into it.

Isn’t it hilarious when you think about the fact that Lancelot didn’t exist? You know who else didn’t exist? Basically every character in this series! Do you know what else didn’t exist? Magic…magic totally didn’t exist. And people couldn’t turn into dragons. And there are no such things as wraiths. There’s a lot about this show that could be complaining about, but you’ve chosen to complain about the fact that Lancelot isn’t white. 

Dear self-proclaimed non-racist, if in a fantasy series, with magic and dragons and entire universes existing through portals in hats, you find it more unrealistic/unbelievable that Lancelot is played by a person of colour, what do you think that makes you? 

I don’t see as many complaints when history’s completely white-washed and characters who should be people of colour aren’t played by people of colour. I don’t see anyone complaining because Jesus is usually depicted by a blonde-haired blue-eyed white dude even though there was no way in hell he was white. Just because Lancelot’s always been depicted as someone white doesn’t mean it should stay that way, (especially when you consider the fact that people of colour are severely underrepresented in entertainment). The story of King Arthur is a legend that has been interpreted many different ways through many different lenses and in fact, there are a few black characters who do appear in the legends. There are even artistic depictions of at least one knight as a black man: 

[Art by Pavel Tatarnikov]

There might not have been very many Africans in England and Wales, but contrary to popular belief, black people didn’t suddenly appear on earth as downtrodden slaves. There were significant numbers of black Africans who went to Europe during the 15 century onward. Also, ever heard of Moors? They ruled parts of the Iberian Peninsula for 700 years (from 8th-15th centuries). North Africa was very prosperous and advanced in comparison to England during the middle ages. There are plenty of depictions and mentions of wealthy blacks in actual European history. There are also depictions of people of colour in popular stories (Shakespeare’s Othello for instance).

Simply because there was a skeleton of one black man found in England that indicates that he was likely poor, doesn’t mean every black person in England (during whatever time period you’re invoking to support your ill-formed ideas) was poor. There is historical evidence of wealthy people of colour from various time periods in England and even though European history tends to be depicted as completely white in general—it wasn’t. That sort of thinking doesn’t even make any sense when you consider that there were Africans in ancient Rome. It doesn’t make any sense when you consider that there was plenty of trade happening between European countries and African countries for centuries—honestly, these continents are not that far apart at all (Strait of Gibraltar).  

In addition, slavery as we think of it did not exist until the trans atlantic slave trade, and though there were systems of slavery in various parts of the world—including England, they weren’t race-based. 

Next time you launch a complaint like this, perhaps you should spend a little time actually googling for historical reference? I mean, not that it matters since as we’ve established, Lancelot didn’t exist and there are people who turn into wolves and dragons on this show. I’m sure your delicate sensibilities will be just fine. 

Thank you for this commentary. (And Palamedes, Safir and Segwarides were PoC in arthurian legends).

OP is a complete, incorrect mess. Bless this commentary.

And I will forever link to this piece since people insist on continuing to be ignorant.

god i love smackdown’s like this

it will be forever mind-boggling that folks can’t believe in people of color in fantasy worlds but dragons are totally believable

Bringing back my old meme, Beardy Unwashed White Fantasy Guy, in the following flavors:

make your own guys, they’re perfect for snarking

Some will suggest that the racebending roles given to some of the actresses in Cloud Atlas mitigate or even forgive the use of yellowface in the film. This strikes me as tokenism of the worst kind. Placing a white performer in yellowface is to put a megaphone to the lips of an A-list actor so he can announce “chink” before an audience of millions. The equivalent use of “whiteface” cannot compare to the act, because there is no history of white exclusion from the American mainstream. In the last decade, 71% of Warner Bros movies’ lead roles went to white men. All other demographics – black, Latino, Asian, Native American, women of any race – have access to one-quarter the leading roles as white men…. All too often in conversations about race in the 2010s, it seems that the racial conversation is all about performing the same racist actions but justifying them with new words. The use of yellowface, or even blackface, can be justified if the director uses the term “post-racial” or “colorblind.” But an honest look at statistics and demographics reveals that our society is anything but. We cannot enter a “post-racial” world by pretending problems do not exist, by pretending that lopsided representation is justified.

Whitewashing vs. Racebending

theokkindofpossessed:

The differences should go without saying.

To whitewash is to lighten a character or person’s skin or make a character more eurocentric, and is incredibly common. Artists, casters, and magazine editors whitewash because they or their readers  have (sub)conscious, eurocentric ideals of beauty, as in believing that only white or light people can be beautiful.

In other words, whitewashing in the modern world (which suffers from white supremacy and European colonialism which has caused many horrors and is still very strong although denied by those that can afford to) is both caused by and upholds racism and shadism, two beliefs that have and do literally kill. Yes, even in the 1st world.

To racebend, when not used as a synonym for whitewashing, is to change a character’s race or shade to a more brown, oppressed, and/or unsatisfyingly represented group. Artists and on rare occasions casters racebend because they are sick of the whitewashing they have seen and chose racebending as a retaliation or racebend in an attempt to include a wider demographic of viewers. Racebending because of beauty ideals is not too common this day and age due to media favoring white and light people.

In other words, racebending in the modern world (which suffers from white supremacy and European colonialism, which has caused many horrors and is still very strong) is a sort of comeback (but NOT by any stretch an equivalent) to whitewashing or done by casters to represent an audience who were previously ignored. Racebending does not uphold a prominent evil, and it does not contribute to or uphold anything that kills. Those that see racebending in action won’t walk away with lifelong complexes validated. 

See the difference?

(Source: simpleassnerd)

teaat2am:

the little mermaid

teaat2am:

the little mermaid

teaat2am:

delirieuse:

korraspasm:

teaat2am:

snow white

I can definitely get behind this. 

This is beautiful and awesome. Is there a story that goes with this? I feel that there should be. “Once upon a time, a baby princess was born. Her skin was the warm brown of cinnamon, her lips as red as pomegranate, and her hair as black as night …”

reblogging because this short prose is really nice : )

teaat2am:

delirieuse:

korraspasm:

teaat2am:

snow white

I can definitely get behind this. 

This is beautiful and awesome. Is there a story that goes with this? I feel that there should be. “Once upon a time, a baby princess was born. Her skin was the warm brown of cinnamon, her lips as red as pomegranate, and her hair as black as night …”

reblogging because this short prose is really nice : )

stopwhitewashing:

madeoflightning:

patrickandmarcus:

madeoflightning:

patrickandmarcus:

madeoflightning:

Can everyone stop talking about Katniss being ‘white-washed’? Good lord, White people can be ‘olive-skinned’ too you know.

Tags: italians are olive skinned too! ; seriously what does that word even mean

Shut the fuck up

Enlighten me on why I should listen to your charming request.

Because you’re an idiot that doesn’t know shit about what you’re talking about.

Hah yeah of course with that reasoning I must concede to your superior intellect that clearly states the issue at hand like a calm individual. Many thanks for your contribution to Tumblr’s community!

Tags: And by that I mean go die in a fire your ignorance is more overwhelming than your irrationality.

Kamanitree: Here, let me try to explain more rationally. Can white people be olive-skinned? Sure they can (you’re right, Italians can be olive-skinned too!). Is Jennifer Lawrence olive-skinned? Nope, she definitely isn’t. Did the casting call ask for olive-skinned females? No, most certainly not. What did the casting call ask for? My, that’s a good question! They asked for CAUCASIAN (=white) females. Now let’s see if you can put two and two together and figure out why this is whitewashing.

Y’know what?  When Hollywood starts opening up leading roles to POC, when casting calls stop requesting people who are, “Nice looking, friendly, Not too dark, when mixed race individuals can be mixed in the movies and not be shoved into one category or the other, when metropolitan areas like New York and Los Angeles are no longer depicted as being overwhelmingly white when they’re overwhelmingly NOT, and when any kid, regardless of race, can go to the movies and actually see themselves on the screen?  THEN I’ll stop talking about white-washing.

jedifreac:

slytherinmyswagkorra:

roddiederpstein:

slytherinmyswagkorra:

so… everyone’s white… no shocker there

 well, Cinna’s black, Rue’s black, Thresh’s black

those actors looks really good as the characters (especially Haymitch) so please don’t complain. and please don’t get mad.

so… You are telling me not to be mad that a racially ambiguous character is cast as white AS ALWAYS. The two main guys… White… Haymitch.. White… EXCUSE ME PEOPLE OF COLOR EXIST IN THE WORLD TOO.. PEOPLE OF COLOR EXIST… You need to sit down. You’re dismissed.

From very early on, Racebending.com sent several letters to Lionsgate asking them to consider casting actors of color for the roles of Katniss, Gale, and Haymitch.  Asking them to change their casting call wording to say “dark hair, olive skin” instead of “Caucasian.”  They wouldn’t even make that tiny concession for us.

Haymitch, Katniss, and Gale were described as having the “Seam” look in the book…Olive skin, dark hair, kind of melungeon-looking. This is stark contrast to the Merchant class in District 12, which has blonde hair, blue eyes, and has more privileges than the coal miners.  Once Jennifer Lawrence was cast for the role of Katniss, that concept was blown out of the water. 

So of course, Haymitch is blonde now.

I am so DONE with the erasure of mixed people.  I am also done with people telling me how I should feel (or, more accurately, not feel) about the erasure of mixed people. 

So done.

(Source: holmeswilliam)

Ugh Hunger Games :|

dytabytes:

elementalsight:

dytabytes:

You have no Asian people in a post-apocalyptic setting

You are saying that no Asian people survive the apocalypse

This will never stop annoying me

GO AWAY

/hugs
I couldn’t get into the books at ALL, the world building is so very poor and the consent issues with Peeta and Katniss gives me the heebie jeebies. I mean, it’s a cool concept but it’s worse than Twilight in places and I never thought I’d say that.

The movie trailer looks amazing, but the casting is a disappointment.  How about instead of no Asians surviving, this is all happening somewhere in the middle of the USA, and Asia is actually trucking along quite fine? They have no terrible games for entertainment because dude, the Japanese spoke up and showed everyone tapes of Battle Royale and they all decided to institute mandatory dominoes matches or something. 

#this really bothers me too #i wish they’d taken advantage of the whole DYSTOPIAN FUTURE to cast a lot of POC #completely unsurprised they didn’t

Bah, movie casting companies :\

The interesting thing to me is that there’s not really a lot of fuss about it rolling through the internet. I was assuming that since the Hunger Games is a Really Big Thing, that tumblr would have picked it up as something to be mad about.

Instead, zip. Nothing. 

Apparently racial diversity only counts when it’s Avatar?

If I remember correctly, there was a certain amount of fuss made back when the casting was originally announced - both in response to the fact that our (implied) multiracial main character is being played by a blonde white girl who dyed her hair and “got a tan”, and in response to the absolute racist nonsense that surrounded the announcement of Lenny Kravitz being cast.

But you’re right, the response to this has been NOTHING compared to Avatar.  When I think about it, that might be because Avatar was an overt double slap in the face - white actors playing characters of color in a universe that was explicitly based on various East Asian and Indigenous cultures.  Hunger Games has been a little more insidious, in that it quietly erased the presence of all but a few POC from its cast without ever calling attention to it.  The white washing in this case is possibly harder to fight against than Avatar, because there’s less to hold up and point to as overtly, obviously wrong.

Okay, so, random thought from yesterday:

basiacat:

laughingalonewithrvb:

chonklatime:

laughingalonewithrvb:

basiacat:

chonklatime:

So there was this lovely piece of fanart going around yesterday of the Freelancers - and don’t get me wrong, it was gorgeous - that made me really very uncomfortable.

I just…I just get really weirded out when you start accumulating a large cast and somehow, someway, all of them are white.  Now, that’s mostly an issue to take up with Rooster Teeth, not fanartists, and it’s why I’m glad they’ll never take off the helmets of the Reds or Blues - because I KNOW I’d be disappointed.  But I also get weirded out when artists choose to depict these casts, even all-white ones, as pale as possible.

This also goes for humanized versions of non-human casts.  I’ve seen some really beautiful fanart of human!Ponies, but my discomfort when all 6 of the Mane Cast are white means that I can’t bring myself to like or reblog it.

In Halo canon, Spartans are known to be ghost-pale due to spending years at a time in MJOLNIR armor, so even though I’m pretty sure Burnie’s mentioned that the Freelancers are not Spartans, they’re still augmented super-soldiers in the same vein who spend years inside their suits. I can’t imagine them not being pale, even in the case of Tucker.

York, for instance, could well be Hispanic, but he’s really freaking pale because MJOLNIR suits.

However just because an author/artist/RT chooses to make their revealed characters all Caucasian doesn’t mean they’re being racist? 

I mean, it’s kind of unfair to scream RACIST when someone is just making Caucasian characters without also making racial slurs… That’s like the whole, “you’re guilty until proven innocent” agenda, which is just plain silly.

It’s not that I think they’re being overtly or intentionally racist, it’s more like…like I’ve seen this before?  The majority of anthropomorphized or headcanon fanart I see, particularly outside of Tumblr, makes the characters (any characters, not just RvB or My Little Pony) white.  Heck, there was a piece of art going around a while back that made The Lion King’s Mufasa and Scar lily white, which definitely made me raise an eyebrow.

It’s just a sort of example of how we, societally, default to whiteness.  Purposeful or not, it’s something we need to think about critically.

I respect your standing on the matter and thank you for responding to my standing   on the same matter in a polite and eloquent way ‘u’

The thing about Red vs Blue (and any other animated series that relies on voice acting) is that we are, from a young age, conditioned to associate certain dialects and accents as good, bad, white, black, you name it. Example: Church being surprised that Tucker is black, presumably because he doesn’t use AAVE.

If you want some good reading on the topic of accents and dialects and discrimination, I suggest reading about Lippi-Green tearing Disney a new one. I can’t find a link (even on Google Scholar) but search Rosina Lippi-Green and “teaching children how to discriminate.” It’s a really fucking good article.

and wow this went completely on a tangent so i hope my point was made?

This is a really good point!  In America, we’re taught through media from the time that we’re young that Standard American English is the default; a character who is not “standard”, whatever that means in the given context, is frequently Othered through their language.  Hell, thinking back on it, a ton of the cartoons we watched as kids marked anyone of a different ethnicity specifically through the use of dialects/accents.

Of course, this has some rather unpleasant repercussions when these preconditioned notions of “normality” vs. “abnormality” reach the real world.  It could be something as simple as fandom assuming that faceless characters, such as the Blood Gulch gang, are all white, because none of them are Othered through the use of dialect.  And then it starts getting a little worse, such as when people assume that, well, of COURSE Aang from Avatar the Last Airbender is white, because he lacks the heavily stereotyped dialectical and physical characteristics we associate with Asians and Asian Americans.

And finally we wind up in the real world, where people discredit the content of what POC say based on dialect, particularly black people and Latin@s who use AAVE and Chicano English.  Or when they’re surprised when POC speak in SAE, as if code-switching is a thing that doesn’t exist.  (Oh, and don’t get me started on the word “articulate”.  I could rant FOREVER on the negative connotations surrounding that word.)

Urrm…yeah!  That went in a completely unexpected direction, but it’s important to think about!  (And I’m totally going to look for that Lippi-Green article!  I’ve got access to UCLA’s databases, so I’m sure I can find it somewhere.)

Okay, so, random thought from yesterday:

laughingalonewithrvb:

basiacat:

chonklatime:

So there was this lovely piece of fanart going around yesterday of the Freelancers - and don’t get me wrong, it was gorgeous - that made me really very uncomfortable.

I just…I just get really weirded out when you start accumulating a large cast and somehow, someway, all of them are white.  Now, that’s mostly an issue to take up with Rooster Teeth, not fanartists, and it’s why I’m glad they’ll never take off the helmets of the Reds or Blues - because I KNOW I’d be disappointed.  But I also get weirded out when artists choose to depict these casts, even all-white ones, as pale as possible.

This also goes for humanized versions of non-human casts.  I’ve seen some really beautiful fanart of human!Ponies, but my discomfort when all 6 of the Mane Cast are white means that I can’t bring myself to like or reblog it.

In Halo canon, Spartans are known to be ghost-pale due to spending years at a time in MJOLNIR armor, so even though I’m pretty sure Burnie’s mentioned that the Freelancers are not Spartans, they’re still augmented super-soldiers in the same vein who spend years inside their suits. I can’t imagine them not being pale, even in the case of Tucker.

York, for instance, could well be Hispanic, but he’s really freaking pale because MJOLNIR suits.

However just because an author/artist/RT chooses to make their revealed characters all Caucasian doesn’t mean they’re being racist? 

I mean, it’s kind of unfair to scream RACIST when someone is just making Caucasian characters without also making racial slurs… That’s like the whole, “you’re guilty until proven innocent” agenda, which is just plain silly.

It’s not that I think they’re being overtly or intentionally racist, it’s more like…like I’ve seen this before?  The majority of anthropomorphized or headcanon fanart I see, particularly outside of Tumblr, makes the characters (any characters, not just RvB or My Little Pony) white.  Heck, there was a piece of art going around a while back that made The Lion King's Mufasa and Scar lily white, which definitely made me raise an eyebrow.

It’s just a sort of example of how we, societally, default to whiteness.  Purposeful or not, it’s something we need to think about critically.

Okay, so, random thought from yesterday:

So there was this lovely piece of fanart going around yesterday of the Freelancers - and don’t get me wrong, it was gorgeous - that made me really very uncomfortable.

I just…I just get really weirded out when you start accumulating a large cast and somehow, someway, all of them are white.  Now, that’s mostly an issue to take up with Rooster Teeth, not fanartists, and it’s why I’m glad they’ll never take off the helmets of the Reds or Blues - because I KNOW I’d be disappointed.  But I also get weirded out when artists choose to depict these casts, even all-white ones, as pale as possible.

This also goes for humanized versions of non-human casts.  I’ve seen some really beautiful fanart of human!Ponies, but my discomfort when all 6 of the Mane Cast are white means that I can’t bring myself to like or reblog it.

arseniccupcakes:

stopwhitewashing:


harrypotterconfessions:
For example, I whitewash Angelina (though I’ve always thought she has very dark hair and strong lines). It’s not because her skin color would bother me, but because that’s the way I imagined them as I read them the first time. By the time I was 7 or 8, I quess, so I didn’t pay too much attention to all the details. That’s why Tiana Benjamin isn’t my Angelina.

Eyes: I’m trying to have a calm mind right now but its difficult. I can say that I’m not very surprise because Angelina is the most hate female character, next to Cho Chang in the Harry Potter series. Her mixed children that she had with George Weasley, are constantly whitewashed or the RP uses another ethnic actor/actress/singer to portray them. Everything so they don’t look like their mixed with black. 
“By the time I was 7 or 8, I quess, so I didn’t pay too much attention to all the details.” 
When someone saids when they were younger they imagined Angelina Johnson, white because there was not much of a description of her in the first books until the fourth book….I can let it slightly go when someone says that because they were young. (Not for the characters who were obviously ethnic though such as Cho Chang and the Patil twins)
However what I can’t let go is when in the books (Book 4 to be exact) they gave her a description. As soon as that happen this person should have changed their entire thought process. This is the same way people should have done it with Blaise Zabini, when he was described in book 6, I believe. 
As they go older they should have understood that not everyone is white, especially people in the U.K who have a multiethnic society (Note: this doesn’t mean that UK is racism free), and that the default race isn’t white. They should have gotten it out of their heads then. 
However this is not what this person did, they continued to whitewash Angelina, and I have a feeling a few others, ignoring JK Rowling’s work. I honestly do believe that this person hates Angelina for her skin color. Why else would someone whitewash? Especially a person knowing that the character is black. 
When someone whitewashes, they are basically saying “Look your skin color is ugly, so I’m going to make you white because that’s pretty and that’s what makes me comfortable.” (Well to me that’s why it says)
To address the picture. ALL WHITEWASHING IS RACIST! IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT YOU THOUGHT WHEN YOU WERE A KID!

oh god, Jordan, have at this one

What?!  How could anyone hate Angelina?  She’s awesome!
As for the secret, this is my thing.  The OP clearly has some understanding of how much whitewashing hurts POC — and they won’t make the slightest effort to correct themselves?  Does having a character be black so pain them that they can’t manage to even try to switch how they view her? 
Because that’s what I’m getting from this secret: having a character they like be black doesn’t fit into their particular worldview, so they’d rather ignore the fact that she’s a WOC in order to have her be comfortably white.
Yeah, that sounds kinda racist to me.

arseniccupcakes:

stopwhitewashing:

harrypotterconfessions:

For example, I whitewash Angelina (though I’ve always thought she has very dark hair and strong lines). It’s not because her skin color would bother me, but because that’s the way I imagined them as I read them the first time. By the time I was 7 or 8, I quess, so I didn’t pay too much attention to all the details. That’s why Tiana Benjamin isn’t my Angelina.

Eyes: I’m trying to have a calm mind right now but its difficult. I can say that I’m not very surprise because Angelina is the most hate female character, next to Cho Chang in the Harry Potter series. Her mixed children that she had with George Weasley, are constantly whitewashed or the RP uses another ethnic actor/actress/singer to portray them. Everything so they don’t look like their mixed with black. 

“By the time I was 7 or 8, I quess, so I didn’t pay too much attention to all the details.” 

When someone saids when they were younger they imagined Angelina Johnson, white because there was not much of a description of her in the first books until the fourth book….I can let it slightly go when someone says that because they were young. (Not for the characters who were obviously ethnic though such as Cho Chang and the Patil twins)

However what I can’t let go is when in the books (Book 4 to be exact) they gave her a description. As soon as that happen this person should have changed their entire thought process. This is the same way people should have done it with Blaise Zabini, when he was described in book 6, I believe. 

As they go older they should have understood that not everyone is white, especially people in the U.K who have a multiethnic society (Note: this doesn’t mean that UK is racism free), and that the default race isn’t white. They should have gotten it out of their heads then. 

However this is not what this person did, they continued to whitewash Angelina, and I have a feeling a few others, ignoring JK Rowling’s work. I honestly do believe that this person hates Angelina for her skin color. Why else would someone whitewash? Especially a person knowing that the character is black. 

When someone whitewashes, they are basically saying “Look your skin color is ugly, so I’m going to make you white because that’s pretty and that’s what makes me comfortable.” (Well to me that’s why it says)

To address the picture. ALL WHITEWASHING IS RACIST! IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT YOU THOUGHT WHEN YOU WERE A KID!


oh god, Jordan, have at this one

What?!  How could anyone hate Angelina?  She’s awesome!

As for the secret, this is my thing.  The OP clearly has some understanding of how much whitewashing hurts POC — and they won’t make the slightest effort to correct themselves?  Does having a character be black so pain them that they can’t manage to even try to switch how they view her? 

Because that’s what I’m getting from this secret: having a character they like be black doesn’t fit into their particular worldview, so they’d rather ignore the fact that she’s a WOC in order to have her be comfortably white.

Yeah, that sounds kinda racist to me.