So for POC it’s not a revelation when I say the media needs more diversity. And caucasians are usually blind to this fact for obvious reasons. Not to insult anyone, but so many times when I have said that I wish there were more black people in sci-fi and fantasy books, movies and television shows to cosplay as most reactions are
"There are plenty. Why can’t you cosplay as one of them."
Then I respond with “really? Name ten.”
Afro Samurai, Cyborg, Green Lantern(John Stewart), Static Shock, Spyke(X-Men Evolutions), Kaname Tosen
Without fail people will name more than one on that list, and some of the characters they name aren’t even black they’re just darker skinned; maybe Indian or Middle Eastern. And most of the characters they name I don’t like or I don’t look/ have the capacity to look anything like them. Meaning I am not built like them. I am slim 5”6 guy. I can pull off Spyke and Static and maybe Kaname, but that’s it. And non-animated characters hahaha forget it. The argument isn’t that there are no POC in mainstream media the argument is that there are not enough. In a world chalked full of so many different ethnicities why is it that most characters are caucasians. Like Disney Princesses for example. There are nine caucasian and four that are other ethnicities and out of that four only one of them is actually a princess and that is Jasmine, but so many people will rush in and say what are you complaining for you have a princess, “A” being the operative word and “Princess” being in air quotes. Another thing I find appalling is when a character is written as a person of color, but is replaced or plaid by a caucasian. This bothers me because firstly it happens so often and secondly no one says anything about that kind of circumstance, but when it’s reversed it becomes an outrage.
Examples: Lavander Brown, Tiger Lily, Tonto(The Lone Ranger), Dastan, Eben Oleson, Cleopatra, Reuben St. Clair better known as Eugene Simonet (Pay It Forward), Ayane, Tony and Tia aka Sara and Seth(Race To Witch Mt.), Rayden, and Al Simmons
I could go on. It’s pretty astounding. For those who don’t know this is a form of white-washing. When The tables are reversed It becomes somehow worse though. Like How? There are far less POC represented in the media and far less characters whose ethnicity has been changed to a POC and all of them are fictional.
Examples: Annie, Spider-Man, Nick Fury, Electro, Johnny Storm, Dr. Robert Neville and Marley Neville, Heimdall, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Velma Dinkley (Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins)
I have been reading more about this ever since Movie Nick Fury and Ultimate Spider-man came along. It is something I have been talking about for years though. There is concrete proof, but people still turn the other cheek most of the time as long as the characters are changed from a POC or if the character is an unimportant character. About 75% of characters in top grossing films from 2007-2012 were caucasian. Do you get it now? That number is massive!! Where is everyone else in the world? Seriously. Media sometimes reminds me of nazi germany. Everyone is brainwashed into racism and whitewashing. Like most of the time in mainstream media I feel they add a POC because they
want no have to fill a quota or something. I would honestly like to see more Native Americans and Indians in things. I can only think of Twilight, Heroes and the twins from Harry Potter……Beside Slumdog Millionaire.
Okay this kind of turned into a rant, it wasn’t intended that way, but this is something I am passionate about and something more people should pay attention to.
To summarize my point. More people of color are needed in media and not just to play criminals or the impoverished. They need to be main characters that don’t feed into racist stereotypes like the asian assassin, or the sassy black girl.