By now, I’m sure a lot of you have seen this post going around where someone points out that the Hot Topic exclusive Homestuck shirt features white-washing where darker skin was depicted in the original art.
However, that post had a million different trains, and the OP wasn’t the one to point it out, so about half the people reblogging it have no idea that the original art was altered.
Even some of those who have seen the evidence are blaming things like lighting, filters, or printing restrictions for the altered design. All of that is bullshit, and I’ll show you why.
For your comparison, this is the original:
(screenshot of this)
And here are some photos I grabbed from Instagram:
As you can see, in each of these, John’s skin tone is much lighter than in the original submitted to the contest. This can only have been done deliberately, and what do we call the deliberate lightening of skin? White-washing!
As I said above, some people are of the opinion that is could have been done for any number of reasons, but it’s plain to see that it’s was done specifically so that each human character would appear white. Why is this obvious?
- The only other colour changes are the colour of shirt it’s printed on, so it can’t be a ‘printing restriction’ based on colour
- These images all have different lighting/angles and were all taken by different people
- Different or no filters have been applied, yet John’s skin is still visibly paler in comparison to everything else than it was in the original
This art was altered with purpose, there’s no two ways about it.
So what can we do?
Don’t stay ignorant. Get mad, and stay mad. Reblog this post. Contact Hot Topic and What Pumpkin to point out what this is and why it’s wrong. Tell everyone you know about how gross it is that this has happened.
People have written a lot of touchy-feely pieces on this subject but I thought I’d get right to the heart of the matter.
sometimes i remember
and i cant stop laughing to myself
my favourite line comes right after that
I’ve received a lot of letters from artists asking to check out their artwork and their blog, and I’ve noticed that a lot of them openly write unhealthy amounts of negative comments about their artwork, it was super depressing, honestly. :(
Confidence plays a very very important role as an artist, it’s what helps us learn and grow without the constant feeling of doubt and jealousy! You are a unique individual who must go down your own unique path, and as scary as it sounds, you can’t rely on others to hold your hand all the way through. You are the only one who can get yourself to where you need to go, and beating up your artwork is not the way! Trust yourself and your abilities to make a change, and you can do anything!!
Love your art, love yourself!
Or, my one year before-and-after
I AM YOUR PERSONAL ART CHEERLEADER I LOVE ART FRIENDS
if at somE point i figure out how emofuri works
hhhhh english patch pls yall aint even gonna get a chance to stop me from making 348207529875982 sprites
my part of a trade i did with someone a few days ago, of their neopet azeariel
they never responded tho :<
?????????I DON,T KNOW ANYONE NAMED EMILY I THINK
actually i do but like its on neopets and i dont know her that well i dont thikn she knows my blog @ all ? ???
BUT I AM A BIG NERD
THE ULTIMATE TRUTH
THANK YOU FRIEND!!!!!!! you ar e great♥