The usual stupid, part ii

Remember this New York Times article? Here’s the money quote:

In 1998, “Mulan” was celebrated as a rare animated feature that depicted Chinese characters with realistic-looking slanted eyes; most animated films (even those from Japan) had Westernized versions of Asian people until that time (emphasis added).

But if you take a peek at that page now, both the illustration caption and the article text have been changed:

In 1998, “Mulan” was celebrated as a rare animated feature that depicted Chinese characters with realistic-looking eyes; most animated films (even those from Japan) had Westernized versions of Asian people until that time.

4 thoughts on “The usual stupid, part ii

  1. Sound like they must’ve gotten a bit of feedback.

    And again, if institutions were better at hiring people of color at decision-making levels, and throughout organizations, chances are someone would’ve caught this before it went to print. And whoever wrote it would’ve learned something in the process, and maybe thought twice next time.

    In the 3 areas I’ve been involved in advocacy/anti-racist work (city, school district, job – which is a higher ed institution) I’ve seen so many incidents that never would’ve happened had there been a diverse workforce in place!

    I know this is off the track of the article’s content – Disney is a wholenuther story – but I just really think if the face of our institutions were more representative of our population, bullshit like this wouldn’t happen so often.

  2. I think “realistic-looking eyes” when referring to animation is about as stupid as “realistic-looking slanted eyes.” Racismese translation: Eyes drawn in a style that conforms with and reinforces the white viewer’s controlling image of Asian eyes.

    The stats on newsroom diversity are appalling. A majority have no reporters of color.

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