Whitewashing and brownface in one whole post? What the fucking— Damn.
This is Sheila from Aicosu, a cosplaying couple with massive online presence and a pretty hefty following, in her Korra costume. Sylar, the other half, is dressed as Tahno.
This is what Sheila usually looks like:
She describes the brownface picture as “messing around with makeup tests” for her Korra costume.
What’s startling about the brownface picture is that she didn’t even get the skintone right for Korra. As my friend pointed out, “she looks more like someone from Jersey Shore”.
If you’re unfamiliar, which I’m sure you’re not, this is Korra:
TayTay: I AM A HUGE TAHORRA FAN AND I’VE SEEN THIS COUPLE FLOATING AROUND AND I’VE BEEN SIDE-EYING THE HELL OUT OF IT. FUCK HER AND FUCK WHOEVER SUPPORTS THIS SICK IGNORANT SHIT.
I’m not going to curse this girl out - but seriously? Don’t change the color of your skin to cosplay. Don’t. Do. It.
Brown face and Black face are not okay.
oh christ, no.
white cosplayers: don’t ever darken your skin, that shit is so horribly racist.
Uh why are people giving this chick such a hard time?
Her skin does not look orange in anyway, I think she looks good and I don’t even watch Korra.
But what I don’t understand is when darker skin cosplayers make them selfs look whitter for a cosplay that okay? But this isn’t?
She doesn’t even look black she looks tanned and news flash people lighter skin people tan and if thats what they wanna do let them?
wow u know what’s funny
that is originally how tan Shelia is
That photo that the one who said that Shelia was a ‘brown face’ needs to be quiet.
She said so herself she tanned and did add dark-colored make up to her face for the cosplay.
She doesn’t have an orange face and people need to chill the fuck out.
She’s naturally tan for fucks sake now chill the fuck out ok :’)
JESUS CHRIST TUMBLR
I honestly don’t see what’s bad about tanning yourself to make a cosplay more accurate???
it isn’t racist at all
it would be racist if she painted her face black, left everything else white and went around saying “YOU BUNCH OF KFC EATING NIGGERS”
which she didn’t
calm your fucking tits
it isn’t racist at all
this is the ridiculous post I was talking about
its a COSTUME
korra isn’t wHITE so if you’re dressing up as korra then there’s no reason you wouldn’t be allowed to use makeup
this goes for any character
i dont know where you even got that she looks orange because she doesnt
it’s not like she did it unstastefully I honestly can’t even tell that’s not her original skin tone
she didn’t do it like that show in korea where they smeared black makeup on their faces and went around talking about chicken basketball and koolaid
THAT is offensive
THIS is not
Bold mine, because this is the “best” part. That’s makeup intended for her natural skin tone, over her skin which is currently its natural skin tone, which is about what one would expect for someone of mixed latin@ descent. (Assuming I’m not misremembering the details of her ancestry. Regardless, she does fall under the insanely broad “PoC” classification.)
She laid off the bleach.
I hope we all learned a valuable lesson about sensationalism and jumping the gun and christ who am I kidding.
Point is, what she did is not what most people are arguing about or condemning/supporting. She has done things (lightening her skin, through avoiding sun and, I believe, possibly-harmful skin-care products, so that she can cosplay lighter-skinned characters without people complaining about her skin tone) that certain prominent voices in all of this have claimed nobody does.
I have no illusion that posting this will make any grand difference, but so long as I lack the impulse control to stay away from this, I might as well explain things to people who are somewhat calm about it.