For the past 3 years I’ve been compelled to save certain fanart that comes I come across that is whitewashed. I guess I wanted to make a large post about how wrong it is and how they should be ashamed and all that, but this blog is much better so I’m utilizing it.
This came across my dash earlier, and it’s what finally made me snap.
“Portal the Movie” by blacklab94 on DA
CHELL ISN’T WHITE
AND SHE MOST DEFINITELY IS NOT NATALIE PORTMAN
Chell’s face model is based off of Alesia Glidewell, who is Brazilian and Japanese. As in NOT WHITE. And even then, you can look at Chell and tell that she isn’t a white girl. This is Chell:
“Portal 2” by eponagirl on DA
“Assassin’s Portal” by MikeDimayuga on DA
“What if Chell and Gordon Met” by Lintufriikki on DA
(ffs she’s the same colour as Gordon the redhead)
and she’s not this either
“Chell” by LukeDenby on DA
Fanart of the real Chell is being drowned out by this sea of white girl “Chells”. Come on, fandom. Chell is such an awesome character, we should at least draw her right. Don’t whitewash her.
I don’t want to be a jerk and I really don’t believe in fandom policing, but I really agree with this post.
It would be the same as drawing Mulan as a caucasian girl- it’s kind of offensive and really not something that anyone can claim as being “their own style/taste”.
It’s rare to find a strong female character in video games, one that isn’t white even more so.
I think as an artist you should celebrate her diversity rather than try and cover it up.