History Main / ButNotTooBlack

24th May '17 7:52:25 AM TSims
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**A issue touched upon by beautiful west indies/French model Chrystèle Saint Louie Augustine. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XWQBQteJpms
16th May '17 3:23:06 PM MegaJ
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[[caption-width-right:350:[-L'Oréal lightened the already light-skinned Beyoncé.-] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[-L'Oréal lightened [[caption-width-right:350:[-Not even the already light-skinned Beyoncé.-] ]]
beautiful Beyoncé is exempt from this trope.-]]]



** Introduced in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'', Edenian native Jade has [[http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/File:0047.png always]] [[http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/File:Jade_versus2.png had]] [[http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/File:Jade.jpg brown]] [[http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/File:Jade_And_Baraka.jpg skin]] along with [[AmbiguouslyBrown enough speculation on her actual race]] up until ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. For whatever reason, Jade is [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/np7/char/jade-mk9render.jpg barely]] [[http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/File:Jademk9render.png tan]] in the official art and renders despite keeping her brown skin for her gameplay model.

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** Introduced in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'', Edenian native Jade has [[http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/File:0047.png always]] [[http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/File:Jade_versus2.png had]] [[http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/File:Jade.jpg brown]] [[http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/File:Jade_And_Baraka.jpg skin]] along with [[AmbiguouslyBrown enough speculation on her actual race]] up until ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. For whatever reason, Jade is [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/np7/char/jade-mk9render.jpg barely]] [[http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/File:Jademk9render.png tan]] in the official art and renders despite keeping her brown skin for her gameplay model. The mobile version of ''Mortal Kombat X'' has Jade at a tan skin tone instead of her usual brown skin tone.
7th May '17 7:23:33 PM Golondrina
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** The rest of South and Southeast Asia are also prone to skin-bleaching. Thanks to the history of Western colonialism, many countries have the additional twist of always casting part-European/Caucasian actors in leading film/TV roles, while relegating darker-skinned--often non-mixed--actors to supporting and extra roles. The Philippines is especially rife with colorism as it was colonized by TWO Western countries: Spain and America.

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** The rest of South and Southeast Asia are also prone to skin-bleaching. Thanks to the history of Western colonialism, many countries have the additional twist of always casting part-European/Caucasian part-European/white actors in leading film/TV roles, while relegating darker-skinned--often non-mixed--actors to supporting and extra roles. The Philippines is especially rife with colorism as it was colonized by TWO Western countries: Spain and America.



* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarEscapeFromGuantanamoBay'': Lampshaded with a light-skinned black security guard. Kumar accuses him of racism when is "randomly selected" to be searched. The security guards says he can't be racist because he's black, to which Kumar calls him barely black. Note that the guard could easily pass for a Caucasian.

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* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarEscapeFromGuantanamoBay'': Lampshaded with a light-skinned black security guard. Kumar accuses him of racism when is "randomly selected" to be searched. The security guards says he can't be racist because he's black, to which Kumar calls him barely black. Note that the guard could easily pass for a Caucasian.white.



* The announcement of Alexandra Shipp as the teenaged Storm in ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' has been met with many fans decrying the casting of Shipp as not being "black enough." Creator/HalleBerry is also frequently called out with this for the previous films (Berry and Shipp both had African-American fathers and Caucasian mothers). It should be noted that Storm in the comics has been drawn with a mixture of Caucasian, African and Asian features - with WordOfGod saying it was to portray her as "a woman of the world", resembling Gaia. Storm's full background however does have two parents who were definitely African.

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* The announcement of Alexandra Shipp as the teenaged Storm in ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' has been met with many fans decrying the casting of Shipp as not being "black enough." Creator/HalleBerry is also frequently called out with this for the previous films (Berry and Shipp both had African-American black fathers and Caucasian white mothers). It should be noted that Storm in the comics has been drawn with a mixture of Caucasian, white, African and Asian features - with WordOfGod saying it was to portray her as "a woman of the world", resembling Gaia. Storm's full background however does have two parents who were definitely African.



* Another ContemptibleCover comes from the second book in ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' series. Sticky appears to be a very, very pale boy, even practically Caucasian, while it is stated in the books that he has light brown skin.

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* Another ContemptibleCover comes from the second book in ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' series. Sticky appears to be a very, very pale boy, even practically Caucasian, white, while it is stated in the books that he has light brown skin.



* Janie from Zora Neale Hurston's ''Literature/TheirEyesWereWatchingGod'', who's considered to be beautiful, is described as having straight hair and a relatively light complexion. Mrs. Turner admires her for those Caucasian traits and even tries to set her up with her lighter-skinned son because she doesn't like her Not Too Black idol being married to a very dark-skinned man. Halle Berry quite appropriately plays Janie in the movie version of the novel.

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* Janie from Zora Neale Hurston's ''Literature/TheirEyesWereWatchingGod'', who's considered to be beautiful, is described as having straight hair and a relatively light complexion. Mrs. Turner admires her for those Caucasian white traits and even tries to set her up with her lighter-skinned son because she doesn't like her Not Too Black idol being married to a very dark-skinned man. Halle Berry quite appropriately plays Janie in the movie version of the novel.



* In one episode of the first season of ''Series/MacGyver'', a JerkWithAHeartOfGold makes a sarcastic comment about a woman's race ("Yes, I am a cripple. And you, madam, are black.") to help establish his initial {{Jerkass}} tendencies. The actress playing the woman in question, however, is so light-skinned as to appear Caucasian.

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* In one episode of the first season of ''Series/MacGyver'', a JerkWithAHeartOfGold makes a sarcastic comment about a woman's race ("Yes, I am a cripple. And you, madam, are black.") to help establish his initial {{Jerkass}} tendencies. The actress playing the woman in question, however, is so light-skinned as to appear Caucasian.white.



** In two other episodes both a suspect and victim respectively were African American but so light skinned that they were believed to be Caucasian.

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** In two other episodes both a suspect and victim respectively were African American but so light skinned that they were believed to be Caucasian.white.



* Bonnie Bennett from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' is of African-American descent but she is relatively light complected and she could be seen as more of a light skinned African-American. Her Grams also appears to be very light skinned as well as her mother Abby so this could be a genetic thing or it could be a possibility that Sheila was biracial and had a white parent although this has not been proven or confirmed. The reason for Bonnie being light skinned and appearing rather Caucasian in terms of her physical features is because Bonnie's portrayer Katerina Graham is actually biracial and is half black, half white (her mother is White Jewish of Polish and Russian descent and her father is Black of Liberian descent). Katerina is only slightly darker than Caucasian and olive skinned Nina Dobrev (who is of Bulgarian descent) and Katerina also has hazel-green eyes and predominantly slight, narrow and Caucasoid facial features.

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* Bonnie Bennett from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' is of African-American descent but she is relatively light complected and she could be seen as more of a light skinned African-American. Her Grams also appears to be very light skinned as well as her mother Abby so this could be a genetic thing or it could be a possibility that Sheila was biracial and had a white parent although this has not been proven or confirmed. The reason for Bonnie being light skinned and appearing rather Caucasian white in terms of her physical features is because Bonnie's portrayer Katerina Graham is actually biracial and is half black, half white (her mother is White Jewish of Polish and Russian descent and her father is Black of Liberian descent). Katerina is only slightly darker than Caucasian white and olive skinned Nina Dobrev (who is of Bulgarian descent) and Katerina also has hazel-green eyes and predominantly slight, narrow and Caucasoid white facial features.



* Naturi Naughton of the R&B girl group 3LW was booted from the group for being too dark, though the other two members claim [[MultipleDemographicAppeal that was the reason they chose her to be in the group in the first place]]. Ironically when they became the Film/TheCheetahGirls she was replaced by the very fair-skinned Sabrina Bryan - who is Caucasian (on her mother's side) and Mexican (on her father's side). All of the above had serious collateral damage too. Which caused HUGE {{Flame War}}s [[BrokenBase and utterly decimated their fan base]], [[FanDisillusionment especially their urban fans]]. Which is why the group was [[ReTool rebooted]] as the Film/TheCheetahGirls so they could rebuild from the ashes of 3LW. It also caused burned bridges with rap group Music/BoneThugsNHarmony as they featured 3LW on their first single off of their ''Thug World Order'' album. The single was released, but the break up of the group put the music video up in the air, which kinda rubbed bone the wrong way as the single was doing very well. But it also didn't help that the group was actually forced on bone by ExecutiveMeddling in the first place.

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* Naturi Naughton of the R&B girl group 3LW was booted from the group for being too dark, though the other two members claim [[MultipleDemographicAppeal that was the reason they chose her to be in the group in the first place]]. Ironically when they became the Film/TheCheetahGirls she was replaced by the very fair-skinned Sabrina Bryan - who is Caucasian white (on her mother's side) and Mexican (on her father's side). All of the above had serious collateral damage too. Which caused HUGE {{Flame War}}s [[BrokenBase and utterly decimated their fan base]], [[FanDisillusionment especially their urban fans]]. Which is why the group was [[ReTool rebooted]] as the Film/TheCheetahGirls so they could rebuild from the ashes of 3LW. It also caused burned bridges with rap group Music/BoneThugsNHarmony as they featured 3LW on their first single off of their ''Thug World Order'' album. The single was released, but the break up of the group put the music video up in the air, which kinda rubbed bone the wrong way as the single was doing very well. But it also didn't help that the group was actually forced on bone by ExecutiveMeddling in the first place.



* A variant has happened over time to Cayla from ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean''. While her skin tone hasn't changed, her hair and facial features have become gradually more Caucasian over time, to the point where she's gone from being unmistakably black to a dark-haired white woman with a tan.

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* A variant has happened over time to Cayla from ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean''. While her skin tone hasn't changed, her hair and facial features have become gradually more Caucasian white over time, to the point where she's gone from being unmistakably black to a dark-haired white woman with a tan.



* WWE has averted this with regards to its female performers. For a stretch, African-American females made up the majority of the roster as it include Wrestling/AliciaFox, [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Kharma]], [[Wrestling/{{Cameron}} Cameron Lynn]], [[Wrestling/{{Naomi}} Naomi Knight]] and the mixed race [[Wrestling/{{Layla}} Layla El]]. Alicia Fox has also been paired with many white superstars though in 2012 they did start putting her with black superstars like Wrestling/BookerT and JTG. Throughout much of the 2000s, however, WWE played the trope straight. The latte-colored Layla was the only Diva of African descent for quite a while (except for Booker T's wife Sharmell, and she was not a wrestler for most of her career). At the same time, interestingly, WWE offered up blonde Caucasian Divas - Wrestling/StacyKeibler, Wrestling/KellyKelly, [[Wrestling/{{Maryse}} Maryse Ouellet]] - [[DarkSkinnedBlond who were relatively dark-skinned]]. With the SpicyLatina Divas (most of them relatively light-skinned or even of mixed blood) added to the mix, one gets the sense that WWE in the past decade was aiming for an AmbiguouslyBrown collective portrait of its women's division.

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* WWE has averted this with regards to its female performers. For a stretch, African-American females made up the majority of the roster as it include Wrestling/AliciaFox, [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Kharma]], [[Wrestling/{{Cameron}} Cameron Lynn]], [[Wrestling/{{Naomi}} Naomi Knight]] and the mixed race [[Wrestling/{{Layla}} Layla El]]. Alicia Fox has also been paired with many white superstars though in 2012 they did start putting her with black superstars like Wrestling/BookerT and JTG. Throughout much of the 2000s, however, WWE played the trope straight. The latte-colored Layla was the only Diva of African descent for quite a while (except for Booker T's wife Sharmell, and she was not a wrestler for most of her career). At the same time, interestingly, WWE offered up blonde Caucasian white Divas - Wrestling/StacyKeibler, Wrestling/KellyKelly, [[Wrestling/{{Maryse}} Maryse Ouellet]] - [[DarkSkinnedBlond who were relatively dark-skinned]]. With the SpicyLatina Divas (most of them relatively light-skinned or even of mixed blood) added to the mix, one gets the sense that WWE in the past decade was aiming for an AmbiguouslyBrown collective portrait of its women's division.



* The first black ''Franchise/{{Barbie}}'' dolls had the right skin tone, but were processed from the same mold used to make white Barbies; thus they had African-American skin but Caucasian features. The ''Franchise/{{Barbie}}'' So In Style line attempts to avert this, with mixed results. The dolls do have green/blue eyes and straight hair, but there was an effort to include many different types of skintones and they have distinct African facial features.

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* The first black ''Franchise/{{Barbie}}'' dolls had the right skin tone, but were processed from the same mold used to make white Barbies; thus they had African-American skin but Caucasian white features. The ''Franchise/{{Barbie}}'' So In Style line attempts to avert this, with mixed results. The dolls do have green/blue eyes and straight hair, but there was an effort to include many different types of skintones and they have distinct African facial features.



* In the Franchise/DisneyPrincess Merchandise, Jasmine from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', while not black, seems to have widely varying skintone. Sometimes she'll be the same tone as she was in the movie, but a lot of merchandise features her with much lighter skin. In at least one of the children's books, she was almost as light as the Caucasian princesses! A similar non-black example occurred with Disney/{{Mulan}} in the 2013 relaunch of the Disney Princess franchise, which included more "stylized", "fashionable" redesigns for the characters. In addition to her skin being lightened until she was literally whiter than Disney/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}, her face was altered to have more of an Anglo look and her eyes were made blue. Due to backlash, the skin tone and eyes, at least, were corrected to something closer to the movie.

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* In the Franchise/DisneyPrincess Merchandise, Jasmine from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', while not black, seems to have widely varying skintone. Sometimes she'll be the same tone as she was in the movie, but a lot of merchandise features her with much lighter skin. In at least one of the children's books, she was almost as light as the Caucasian white princesses! A similar non-black example occurred with Disney/{{Mulan}} in the 2013 relaunch of the Disney Princess franchise, which included more "stylized", "fashionable" redesigns for the characters. In addition to her skin being lightened until she was literally whiter than Disney/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}, her face was altered to have more of an Anglo look and her eyes were made blue. Due to backlash, the skin tone and eyes, at least, were corrected to something closer to the movie.



* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' are just as bad as Oblivion about this. "Black" characters often end up looking like dark-skinned Caucasians.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' are just as bad as Oblivion about this. "Black" characters often end up looking like dark-skinned Caucasians.white people.



** Well, the Che Guevara was indeed caucasian, he was from Argentina. Also, there's nothing weird of having latino characters who are white, plenty of people from Argentina, Brazil and Chile are caucasian.

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** Well, the Che Guevara was indeed caucasian, white, he was from Argentina. Also, there's nothing weird of having latino characters who are white, plenty of people from Argentina, Brazil and Chile are caucasian.white.



* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', there were many Caucasians, Asians, Hispanics, and AmbiguouslyBrown characters, but no dark-skinned Africans until Jacob in the second game. Character creation is mixed on this. There ''are'' broad noses and full lips to select, but no appropriate hairstyles, at least for black men (unless you go for a BaldBlackLeaderGuy). The best attempts at creating a black male Shepard will still look off when standing next to Jacob, whose features are unique.

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* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', there were many Caucasians, white, Asians, Hispanics, and AmbiguouslyBrown characters, but no dark-skinned Africans until Jacob in the second game. Character creation is mixed on this. There ''are'' broad noses and full lips to select, but no appropriate hairstyles, at least for black men (unless you go for a BaldBlackLeaderGuy). The best attempts at creating a black male Shepard will still look off when standing next to Jacob, whose features are unique.



* Averted in ''VideoGame/RememberMe''; the main character Nilin is bi-racial (black and white) and has brown skin and has appropriate Caucasoid/black facial features.

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* Averted in ''VideoGame/RememberMe''; the main character Nilin is bi-racial (black and white) and has brown skin and has appropriate Caucasoid/black mix of white/black facial features.



* Averted by ''[[WesternAnimation/SpartakusAndTheSunBeneathTheSea Spartakus And The Sun Beneath The Sea]]'', which features two Caucasian kids but also has the medium-brown Arkana and a very dark brown title character.

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* Averted by ''[[WesternAnimation/SpartakusAndTheSunBeneathTheSea Spartakus And The Sun Beneath The Sea]]'', which features two Caucasian white kids but also has the medium-brown Arkana and a very dark brown title character.



* Anyone who has ever taken a drawing class or used a 'how to draw' book that focused on drawing faces has probably run across this, or at least something which will LEAD to this, and will probably have people parrot it at them on artistic message boards and the like. There are certain well established rules to how to draw faces, specifically how to [[http://www.drawing-factory.com/face-drawing.html establish the proportions of features in relation to each other]]. These rules are all based on white people, but they are presented as universal, and if your face is not within the stated guidelines it is 'out of proportion' and thus, many artists believe, unrealistic and ugly. The one most relevant to black people is the nose width 'rule' which states that a nose is never, ever, wider than the width of the space between the eyes (which are in turn one eye width apart) When you get into how to actually draw the nose, again, you will get detailed instructions on how to draw [[http://www.drawing-factory.com/nose-drawing.html Caucasian noses]], with no guidance on any other ethnicity. This simply isn't applicable to many black people, but for some artists is is VERY hard to break out of this mindset, so the result is a lot of art of supposed black people with Caucasian features. There are exceptions, but it is very rare, especially when dealing with actual books rather than amateur made tutorials on the internet which, ironically, are often far better than the professional ones.

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* Anyone who has ever taken a drawing class or used a 'how to draw' book that focused on drawing faces has probably run across this, or at least something which will LEAD to this, and will probably have people parrot it at them on artistic message boards and the like. There are certain well established rules to how to draw faces, specifically how to [[http://www.drawing-factory.com/face-drawing.html establish the proportions of features in relation to each other]]. These rules are all based on white people, but they are presented as universal, and if your face is not within the stated guidelines it is 'out of proportion' and thus, many artists believe, unrealistic and ugly. The one most relevant to black people is the nose width 'rule' which states that a nose is never, ever, wider than the width of the space between the eyes (which are in turn one eye width apart) When you get into how to actually draw the nose, again, you will get detailed instructions on how to draw [[http://www.drawing-factory.com/nose-drawing.html Caucasian white noses]], with no guidance on any other ethnicity. This simply isn't applicable to many black people, but for some artists is is VERY hard to break out of this mindset, so the result is a lot of art of supposed black people with Caucasian white features. There are exceptions, but it is very rare, especially when dealing with actual books rather than amateur made tutorials on the internet which, ironically, are often far better than the professional ones.



** This is a big problem in the pixel dolling community - when it comes to bases, it's pretty rare for alternate skin tones to be provided, and when they are it's usually a straight re-colour of the 'default' white base, leading to, as described above with Barbie, dark skinned dolls with Caucasian features and generally Caucasian hair.

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** This is a big problem in the pixel dolling community - when it comes to bases, it's pretty rare for alternate skin tones to be provided, and when they are it's usually a straight re-colour of the 'default' white base, leading to, as described above with Barbie, dark skinned dolls with Caucasian white features and generally Caucasian straight hair.



* This is oddly, very common in Latin American media. Although Latin American people come in a variety of colors due the diversity of their population, given the kind of actors that get main roles in tv, you would think that most of the Latino population are fair skinned Caucasians. Chile may be the worst offender, since most mainstream actors are light haired white actors with colored eyes (and most of them even have Anglo-Saxon surnames) but you just have to take a walk around any Chilean city to notice that most Chilean people have a wide range of brown skin tones, black hair and dark brown eyes. This has more to do with Chile's strong classism than an outright racism, since European-features are associated with a high economical and social position. However, since opportunities for the low and middle class have risen and the richest families have been diluted and dispersed (There are people with "important" last names that aren't getting any money outside their jobs because they are way too distant relatives) the portrayal of dark skinned Latinos in major roles has become bigger, although it is still small comparing it to the real population and it's still played straight in advertising, where it seems that 90% of Chilean population is blue-eyed and blond, for example in a TV Spot for an Eye Glasses store about "How Chileans see themselves" everyone except for one guy were either blonde or light brown haired, even when they mention diversity and showed an Afro-descended woman, said woman was a very light skinned black that looked very different to the average Afro-Latina woman.

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* This is oddly, very common in Latin American media. Although Latin American people come in a variety of colors due the diversity of their population, given the kind of actors that get main roles in tv, you would think that most of the Latino population are fair skinned Caucasians.white people. Chile may be the worst offender, since most mainstream actors are light haired white actors with colored eyes (and most of them even have Anglo-Saxon surnames) but you just have to take a walk around any Chilean city to notice that most Chilean people have a wide range of brown skin tones, black hair and dark brown eyes. This has more to do with Chile's strong classism than an outright racism, since European-features are associated with a high economical and social position. However, since opportunities for the low and middle class have risen and the richest families have been diluted and dispersed (There are people with "important" last names that aren't getting any money outside their jobs because they are way too distant relatives) the portrayal of dark skinned Latinos in major roles has become bigger, although it is still small comparing it to the real population and it's still played straight in advertising, where it seems that 90% of Chilean population is blue-eyed and blond, for example in a TV Spot for an Eye Glasses store about "How Chileans see themselves" everyone except for one guy were either blonde or light brown haired, even when they mention diversity and showed an Afro-descended woman, said woman was a very light skinned black that looked very different to the average Afro-Latina woman.
21st Apr '17 11:07:30 PM MegaJ
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Also see ButNotTooForeign, and AmbiguouslyBrown. Contrast with ButNotTooWhite.

Compare TheWhitestBlackGuy for when a black characters are said to be 'acting white' as opposed to 'looking white.' Not to be confused with LightIsNotGood or PassFail, though it can be somewhat related to the latter insofar as the casting choice is concerned. Also not related to sitcom ''Series/BlackIsh'', though the show does deal with this trope as a running theme.

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Also see ButNotTooForeign, and AmbiguouslyBrown. Contrast with ButNotTooWhite.

ButNotTooWhite, though it's not the trope's total opposite.

Compare TheWhitestBlackGuy for when a black characters are said to be 'acting white' as opposed to 'looking white.' Not to be confused with LightIsNotGood or PassFail, though it can be somewhat related to the latter insofar as the casting choice is concerned. Also not

Not
related to sitcom ''Series/BlackIsh'', though the show does deal with this trope as a running theme.
theme.



* ''Franchise/MortalKombat''
** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' and ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', Edenian native Jade had a dark skin tone and in her next appearance in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'', that got lightened a bit to a brown shade. In the concept art for ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/np7/char/jade-mk9render.jpg Jade is barely tan]]. However in the game, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9JW3VPJkgE she has her usual brown shade.]]
** The trend almost continued in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' with Tanya, who had brown skin in her previous appearances in ''Videogame/MortalKombat4'' and ''Videogame/MortalKombatDeception''. In ''Mortal Kombat X'', [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/mkwikia/images/8/86/Tanya-comingsoon-cut.png/revision/latest?cb=20150428120937 her skin is lightened to an olive tint]], with her overall look being AncientEgypt inspired. [[InternetBackdraft Tanya's fans were not happy at all, and voiced their frustrations]], and Tanya's model was changed back to the [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/mkwikia/images/7/7a/Tanya-comingsoon-cut2.png/revision/latest?cb=20150428121016 brown skintone]]. Averted by Jax and daughter Jacqui Briggs, who are both indeed black.

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* ''Franchise/MortalKombat''
** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2''
''Franchise/MortalKombat'' ran into this a couple of times, particularly with the Edenian natives as Edenia draws on several cultural influences, particularly Asia and ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', the Middle East leading to ambiguous aethnic characters:
** Introduced in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'',
Edenian native Jade had a dark skin tone and in has [[http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/File:0047.png always]] [[http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/File:Jade_versus2.png had]] [[http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/File:Jade.jpg brown]] [[http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/File:Jade_And_Baraka.jpg skin]] along with [[AmbiguouslyBrown enough speculation on her next appearance in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'', that got lightened a bit to a brown shade. In the concept art for ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' actual race]] up until ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. For whatever reason, Jade is [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/np7/char/jade-mk9render.jpg Jade is barely tan]]. However in the game, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9JW3VPJkgE she has her usual brown shade.]]
** The trend almost continued in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' with Tanya, who had brown skin in her previous appearances in ''Videogame/MortalKombat4'' and ''Videogame/MortalKombatDeception''. In ''Mortal Kombat X'', [[http://vignette1.
barely]] [[http://mortalkombat.wikia.nocookie.net/mkwikia/images/8/86/Tanya-comingsoon-cut.png/revision/latest?cb=20150428120937 com/wiki/File:Jademk9render.png tan]] in the official art and renders despite keeping her brown skin is lightened to an olive tint]], for her gameplay model.
** The trend almost continued in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''
with Tanya, who had brown skin in her overall look being AncientEgypt inspired. [[InternetBackdraft Tanya's fans were not happy at all, and voiced their frustrations]], and Tanya's model was changed back to the [[http://vignette1.[[http://mortalkombat.wikia.nocookie.net/mkwikia/images/7/7a/Tanya-comingsoon-cut2.png/revision/latest?cb=20150428121016 com/wiki/File:MK4-12_Tanya.png previous]] [[http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/File:Tanyacopy5wz.png appearances]] in ''Videogame/MortalKombat4'' and ''Videogame/MortalKombatDeception''. In ''Mortal Kombat X'', [[http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/File:Tanya_MKX_Render.png her skin is lightened to an olive tint]], with her overall look being AncientEgypt inspired. [[InternetBackdraft Tanya's fans were not happy at all, and voiced their frustrations]], and Tanya's model was changed back to the [[http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/File:Mortal_kombat_x_ios_tanya_render_4_by_wyruzzah-da29qwl.png brown skintone]].skintone and black facial features]]. Averted by Jax and daughter Jacqui Briggs, who are both indeed black.
21st Apr '17 9:03:11 PM aureolindays
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** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' and ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', Jade had a dark skin tone and in her next appearance in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'', that got lightened a bit to a brown shade. In the concept art for ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/np7/char/jade-mk9render.jpg Jade is barely tan]]. However in the game, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9JW3VPJkgE she has her usual brown shade.]] The team behind the game can't even decide what race she is, the casting call for the game asked for a African-American or Middle Eastern voice actress. The two alternative DLC skins she has (from ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' and ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'') are barely darker than Kitana and Mileena.
** The trend almost continued in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' with Tanya, who had brown skin in her previous appearances in ''Videogame/MortalKombat4'' and ''Videogame/MortalKombatDeception''. In ''Mortal Kombat X'', [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/mkwikia/images/8/86/Tanya-comingsoon-cut.png/revision/latest?cb=20150428120937 her skin is lightened to an olive tint]], with her overall look being AncientEgypt inspired. [[InternetBackdraft Tanya's fans were not happy at all, and voiced their frustrations]], and Tanya's model was changed back to the [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/mkwikia/images/7/7a/Tanya-comingsoon-cut2.png/revision/latest?cb=20150428121016 brown skintone]]. Averted by Jacqui Briggs, the daughter of Jax Briggs and also Jax himself going back to his original dark skintone.

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** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' and ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', Edenian native Jade had a dark skin tone and in her next appearance in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'', that got lightened a bit to a brown shade. In the concept art for ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/np7/char/jade-mk9render.jpg Jade is barely tan]]. However in the game, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9JW3VPJkgE she has her usual brown shade.]] The team behind the game can't even decide what race she is, the casting call for the game asked for a African-American or Middle Eastern voice actress. The two alternative DLC skins she has (from ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' and ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'') are barely darker than Kitana and Mileena.
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** The trend almost continued in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' with Tanya, who had brown skin in her previous appearances in ''Videogame/MortalKombat4'' and ''Videogame/MortalKombatDeception''. In ''Mortal Kombat X'', [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/mkwikia/images/8/86/Tanya-comingsoon-cut.png/revision/latest?cb=20150428120937 her skin is lightened to an olive tint]], with her overall look being AncientEgypt inspired. [[InternetBackdraft Tanya's fans were not happy at all, and voiced their frustrations]], and Tanya's model was changed back to the [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/mkwikia/images/7/7a/Tanya-comingsoon-cut2.png/revision/latest?cb=20150428121016 brown skintone]]. Averted by Jax and daughter Jacqui Briggs, the daughter of Jax Briggs and also Jax himself going back to his original dark skintone.who are both indeed black.
15th Mar '17 12:44:34 AM rodneyAnonymous
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[[caption-width-right:350:[-Yes, L'Oréal lightened the already light-skinned Beyoncé.-] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[-Yes, L'Oréal [[caption-width-right:350:[-L'Oréal lightened the already light-skinned Beyoncé.-] ]]
10th Mar '17 1:37:23 PM Pichu-kun
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* In the tie-in comics for the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' cartoon this occured to the half-Vietnamese and half-white Artemis. Her skin is darker than Wally's in the cartoon but in the comics she is presented as lighter skinned than in the source. She is also blue eyed when WordOfGod is her eyes aren't supposed to be blue, and in the cartoons they look black.

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* In the tie-in comics for the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' cartoon this occured to the half-Vietnamese and half-white Artemis. Her skin is darker than Wally's in the cartoon but in the comics she is presented as lighter skinned than in the source. She is also blue eyed when WordOfGod is her eyes aren't supposed to be blue, and in the cartoons they look black. She more looks like her DC Comics design (who is completely white) rather than the ''Young Justice'' one.



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* Intentionally averted with Disney's first black protagonist, ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'''s Tiana. She has a wide nose, full lips (though not [[FacialProfiling racist caricature]] full), strong cheekbones, a slightly protruding jaw, wide-set brown eyes, and a skin-tone as dark as Michelle Obama. Basically, she's her voice actress [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0741242/ Anika Noni Rose]] with big huge Disney eyes. There has been controversy about how her hair is pulled up in a tight knot, unlike in concept art where it's loose and curly, however that could be due to how hard curls are to animate.

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* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'':
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Intentionally averted with Disney's first black protagonist, ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'''s Tiana. She has a wide nose, full lips (though not [[FacialProfiling racist caricature]] full), strong cheekbones, a slightly protruding jaw, wide-set brown eyes, and a skin-tone as dark as Michelle Obama. Basically, she's her voice actress [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0741242/ Anika Noni Rose]] with big huge Disney eyes. There has been controversy about how her hair is pulled up in a tight knot, unlike in concept art where it's loose and curly, however that could be due to how [[NoFlowInCGI hard curls are to animate.animate]].
10th Mar '17 1:31:56 PM Pichu-kun
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* Iris in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime is noticeably lighter than her games official art. Skyla from the same arc in comparison is {{inverted|trope}}; having a tan tone she lacks in the games.
** In Viz's colorings for the XY mini-volume covers, both Shauna and Emma are considerably lightened. In Emma's case, it's extra egregious considering an earlier, original colored image of her had her even darker than her game counterpart.

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* Iris in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime is noticeably lighter than her games official art. She instead matches her ''sprite'' design, which possibly means the anime based on the sprite skin tone rather than her actual colour. Skyla from the same arc in comparison is {{inverted|trope}}; having a tan tone she lacks in the games.
** * ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'': In Viz's colorings for the XY ''XY'' mini-volume covers, both Shauna and Emma are considerably lightened. In Emma's case, it's extra egregious considering an earlier, original colored image of her had her even darker than her game counterpart.
6th Mar '17 2:18:47 PM eroock
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-->--'''Big Bill Broonzy''', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0c1c0ZsTLA "Black, Brown, and White"]] (1947)

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-->--'''Big -->-- '''Big Bill Broonzy''', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0c1c0ZsTLA "Black, Brown, and White"]] (1947)
20th Feb '17 5:35:20 AM qazwsx
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* Averted in ''Series/QueenSugar'', which has black character with a variety of skin tones. Charley is fair-skinned, due to being biracial, but her half-siblings, Nova and Ralph Angel, are both very dark.
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