Anonymous asked: Why is it okay to for a woc to portray Iris West, but no okay for a white person to portray Katniss Everdeen?
Oh yeah, because whitewashing is definitely as bad as racebending.
Because POC characters haven’t been whitewashed since forever (see: The Last Airbender, 21, Prince of Persia, Earthsea, Star Trek Into Darkness, heck even Sin Lance in Arrow).
Because we are seriously lacking in white representation in Western media. (We aren’t.)
Because a lack of representation doesn’t affect self-esteem or empathy, or distort perceptions of POC. (It does.)
What do you think?
zany-brainy asked: I think Donald Glover made some comments about how great it would be for Spider-man to be a POC.
Was it him? Honestly couldn’t remember. I only know it was a pretty good analysis of Peter regarding his life story and how it resonates with being a POC.
I think — I don’t mean to cast this off in to a who-counts-as-a-POC-and-who-counts-as-white oppression Olympics direction, but it seems to me that Peter Parker’s life is so informed by Stan Lee’s own life, growing up Jewish on the Lower East Side (just as Jack Kirby’s childhood in the same area informs The Thing’s, and Joe Simon’s Captain America’s) that you can’t really separate Spider-Man from some kind of minority experience. Not if you’re writing him right.
(Also, Donald Glover’s comments, which I recall being something along the lines of “Peter Parker’s a poor kid from Queens. Where in that does it say he can’t be black? There are an awful lot of poor black kids in Queens,” seem dead accurate to me. Peter Parker could be black, and certainly Spider-Man could be, and (per Ultimate Spider-Man) can be.)