October is traditionally black history month. But for some reason, “black” gets a lot of people triggered.
Not just SJW’S, but more than anyone else – racists who hate to see anything positive connected to black culture.
There’s no place like Twitter when it comes to creating controversy out of thin air over things that shouldn’t be controversial.
— Joestradamus 🇻🇪 ⚤🔞 (@OneBizarreJoe) October 18, 2020
Take this Tweet as an example from #Blacktober – a hashtag celebrating black characters in anime, films, or otherwise.
Some of the replies to this Tweet are insane. I won’t be sharing it here, you can already guess what it implies.
A part of #blacktober is also taking characters that exist, and then having artists recreate it and put their “spin” on it.
In this case that means seeing what it would look like if say, Tanjiro was designed as a black character.
Or Nezuko or Senku drawn as black characters instead.
The purpose is because there aren’t many black characters in anime as it stands. So it’s an opportunity to see what that would look like.
— 🎃SpookyJay🎃 (@UsagiJay) October 6, 2020
— Jaden: CEO of Senku Defender’s | #Blacktober (@StoneWrldReview) October 8, 2020
— JVZMINA X ART (@jvzmina) October 13, 2020
A fun event is now claimed to be “racist” to Japanese
You should stop to discriminate against Japanese by making anime characters black right now. It is not felt respect for original. Japanese are Asian, and POC. I think that both of black and white washing is not problem but I don’t want to use for political things.#blacktober
— lety (@shelrinss) October 10, 2020
People participating in #blacktober should be aware that they are racism against the Japanese.
For example, in this tweet, Deku is replaced with black.
We Japanese feel it’s blackwashing.
It’s stealing the identity of the Japanese anime characters.https://t.co/25ysvBkeLV
— aid (@aid_exex) October 12, 2020
“Blacktober is racism or not? What’s different from whitewashing?”https://t.co/W9YsDFLQkK
I translated some comments on it.
It`s 172 comments but I`m too lazy to translate all of it. pic.twitter.com/fiGQ1St0bB
— セリエマ🔞 (@seri3ma) October 13, 2020
What’s interesting about these comments is Americans always, in the Tweeters own words, “white wash” Japanese characters.
Nobody ever complains or outrages or creates controversy from it though.
You have to ask yourself why, even though the reason is telling.
Anime fans react to controversy
bc blacktober is just about redrawing anime characters to better identify as them & create fun fanart for October. Where as white washing is the systemic eraser of originally POC written characters by casting white actors to play them & snuff out the already minimal exposure POCs
— corey (@coreyxmadison) October 9, 2020
“blacktober is just about redrawing anime characters to better identify as them & create fun fanart for October. Where as white washing is the systemic eraser of originally POC written characters by casting white actors to play them & snuff out the already minimal exposure POCs.”
This is what #blacktober is in a nutshell, until the Twitter lunatics turned it into something negative.
I wasn’t going post this on main but this is one of the reason why I won’t be doing blacktober anymore.
YOU DON’T SAY THIS TO PEOPLE,
Blacktober is so beautiful seeing people who look like me in all my favorite franchises but it’s also been hard seeing my friends get harassed pic.twitter.com/MQaDZkamZB
— 💖 ☾Space gay unit-23 ☾💖 (@Petalromance) October 9, 2020
weebs out here getting angry at redaws and fan art for #blacktober are the same racist fans that say black people can’t cosplay white anime characters.
— C (@MissPandulce) October 11, 2020
You can’t watch anime like Attack on Titan and yell at people doing blacktober to “stop making anime political!!” when the whole dam series is WWII fanfiction.
also human beings and their skin color are not a political standpoint so maybe shut the fuck up
— I remember this scenario; (@tachipaws) October 10, 2020
Anime twitter and their fight against the blacktober trend gives me so much internal brain damage
— 🍵Yo Soy Elly🍵 (@snacks_fruity2) October 11, 2020
the argument is that it’s racist to blackwash non-Black anime characters, but i think that’s bullshit lmao. anime has a history of (sometimes horribly) misrepresenting Black folks, and Blacktober is artists’ opportunity to envision representation that they weren’t afforded
— sage (@direemblem) October 11, 2020
“the argument is that it’s racist to blackwash non-Black anime characters, but i think that’s bullshit lmao. anime has a history of (sometimes horribly) misrepresenting Black folks, and Blacktober is artists’ opportunity to envision representation that they weren’t afforded.”
Why so much focus on “race”?
This is of course US Twitter. Most of the comments originate there, with VERY few coming from Japan UK, or any other countries.
Focusing so much on race, and making problems out of thin air is in itself racist. Because that’s the first thing you see: color.
This incident is similar to #sailormoonredraw
A few months ago, maybe in July 2020 – #sailormoonredraw turned into a controversy as well.
It was again US Twitter who jumped in because characters weren’t “white” enough. And criticized the Japanese and Black redrawing’s of characters.
It seems Twitter has a problem with racism, and the anime community always stirs up some nonsense when it doesn’t need to be there.