Japan has Splatoon 2 plushies made by Sanrio that include a whitewashed Marina

L Thammy

Spacenoid
Member
Oct 25, 2017
12,142
#7
The art on the right has a Marina that is still very pale, but clearly not the same skin tone as Pearl. The plushie doesn't match. Dunno what that means. Maybe it doesn't mean anything.
 
May 9, 2018
386
#9
that thread title is a real emotional roller coaster

“oh cool, sanrio plushies? ...... oh. ohhhh no.”
 
Dec 18, 2018
808
#12
The art on the right has a Marina that is still very pale, but clearly not the same skin tone as Pearl. The plushie doesn't match. Dunno what that means.
Like I'd understand it a little more if it was that colour, but what they ended up with was a mess.
 

L Thammy

Spacenoid
Member
Oct 25, 2017
12,142
#17
There's a tweet with another picture of the plushie that looks a smidgeon darker, but it's still nowhere close.
 

gordofredito

Banned
Member
Jan 16, 2018
2,992
#18
I once got a big-ass figurine in those claw machines in tokyo. I haven't decided what to do with it lol, it's a huge Ononoki figurine
 
Oct 25, 2017
7,803
#23
The art on the right has a Marina that is still very pale, but clearly not the same skin tone as Pearl. The plushie doesn't match. Dunno what that means. Maybe it doesn't mean anything.
Yeah, even though the Marina in that picture is still really light even for a pastel color, the plush isn't even in the same ballpark.
 
Oct 25, 2017
820
Ontario
#28
You guys have probably never seen it but there's a kid's show called PJ Masks. One of the main characters Catboy is clearly brown skinned but when he puts his costume on - the form that's of course used for all the merchandising - his skin visibly changes colour. On some of the toys my daughter has, including a big plushie, his skin is whiter than mine. The reason why is obvious. It makes me angry.
 

L Thammy

Spacenoid
Member
Oct 25, 2017
12,142
#29
I swear that the Marina plushie is actually a pale shade of green if you really look at it. It looks like someone accidentally left it in the washing machine.
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,935
#33
Not cool. I see fan artists do this sometimes, too, and it's always extremely irksome. Of course, you understand why they'd do this.
 
Oct 25, 2017
547
#40

Basically they fucked up with the color palette by making everything pale af (brown for eye part instead of black, yellow for skin instead of brown etc.)
 
Oct 27, 2017
2,989
Costa Rica
#43
User Banned (1 Week): Dismissing concerns surrounding racism; excusing white-washing on the basis of intent

Basically they fucked up with the color palette by making everything pale af (brown for eye part instead of black, yellow for skin instead of brown etc.)
Yeah, so overreaction too much. It's just that both plushies are too bright.

For another example this is an official artwork by Nintendo:

 
Oct 27, 2017
3,526
#46
Everything is washed out though. She's still darker than Pearl.
No. everything is a little washed out, but not close to the same degree as Marina's skin. Look at her clothes for instance. Still very clearly black, just a slightly faded black. If her skin was a slightly faded dark brown, people would let it slide.
 
#48
Yes, she's still darker than Pearl, but that's not the point. It's an extremely common thing for black characters (and even real life Black people) to have their skin "lightened up". TV Tropes even has a trope about this with numerous examples:

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ButNotTooBlack

So even though Marina is still slightly darker than Pearl, the fact that she was lightened up is basically sending a message that her skin tone was unacceptable.