What could have been if Blizzard and Overwatch had women of color on their teams and cared about their black fans…
….i don’t know how to break this to you
but that’s clearly a character with albinism of some kind
she could feasibly be any race, but with albinism
which is a remarkably rare medical condition
albinos of every race exist
also….isn’t it kinda very racist to put bigger lips like that in a “black” racebend? lmao
that is true op why did you make the person have bigger lips?
because im a black woman and I have big ass lips and wanted her to have big ass juicy lips
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So let me get this straight…
- Overwatch churns out like third white chick in a row.
- Fed up fan of color racebends her to show what it would look like if Blizz actually cared to have black female representation.
- And, according to rabid Blizzard fanboys, now SHE is the racist one, because this albino character might as well not be intended to be white?
If you don’t see anything wrong with that logic, unfollow our blog immediately.
Seriously. We don’t want you here.
By far the most common certain demographic response seems to have been to claim that it’s fine that literally none of Overwatch’s 25 playable characters is a black woman because line up includes robots, an ape and a hamster… so naturally is the most diverse range possible.
That of course, is not even vaguely what “diversity” is about and even Blizzard executives Chris Metzen (now retired) and Jeff Kaplan (definitely not retired) understand that:
The problem is: Overwatch got prematurely rubber stamped for “good diversity” primarily for having higher than the (abysmal) industry standard for female, brown and old lady characters. (ie, some characters exist).
Now they’ve got that kudos, they’re not interested in actually delivering on promises or even maintaining the baseline.
Well it’s either that, or they decided that a key demographic who needs over representation is conventionally sexually attractive white women. Specifically ones who are almost identical to Widowmaker. [link]
(Again, I remind you – it is a stated goal of Blizzard to make this game about better representation for everyone, especially women, and they have leaned into every ounce of the abundant of praise they have received regarding representation and diversity in the past three years)
And if all of that wasn’t already bad enough:
- Blizzard’s other new character released at the same time, for Heroes of the Storm, is a red-eyed goth with white hair (creativity!)
- Ashe’s concept art shows that an idea that was apparently abandoned in the exploration phase was Ashe as a brown woman
- Blizzard already has a bad track record for disregarding concepts of characters of color in favor of making them white and blonde (specifically Mercy and Junkrat) and otherwise ignored concepts for characters of color that they’ve showcased for PR but apparently will never develop
There is seriously no way that anyone can believe that Blizzard, as a company, have any interest in good representation and making everyone feel welcome beyond sound bytes and quick stunts they can do to seek publicity boosts.
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