Race Lift / Uncertain Depictions

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    Comics 
  • Carlos Ezquerra originally designed the title character of Judge Dredd to be hispanic; other artists drew him as either white or black in early issues. Since these issues were black and white, nobody noticed. After the series began appearing in color, Dredd was consistently drawn as a white man.

    Fan Works 
  • There's some controversy in the Glee fandom regarding how to portray Blaine in fanfiction since his race has never been mentioned in canon. Some fans think that since Darren Criss, who plays Blaine, is half-Filipino and nothing has been said to the contrary, one should assume that Blaine is too and write him accordingly to avoid Unfortunate Implications. Others think that since Blaine hasn't been expressively stated to be biracial, Artistic License dictates it's fine to portray him however you want, whether that be Caucasian, Filipino, or mixed-race.
  • This tends to crop up in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fandom whenever fan artists draw humanized versions of the cast. Controversy rages over whether their skin color/ethnicity should be derived from their visual designs, their personalities, or whether the artist can draw them however they want. The only thing even remotely approaching canon on the matter is that My Little Pony: Equestria Girls went with Amazing Technicolor Population for their human versions.
  • Given their shaky reputation, it's unsurprising that there's plenty of controversy in the Steven Universe fandom about what race the Human!Gems should be. The most commonly debated include Peridot (who's usualy portrayed as Middle Eastern, but also tends to be Asian or Caucasian), Jasper (who generally tends to be Hispanic, Polynesian, or African), and Pearl (Indian or Caucasian), conversely, the only ones who have a consensus are Amethyst (Latina/Mestiza), Rose (Caucasian), and Garnet (African).
  • Due to the intentionally few character descriptions and the audio-only nature of the show, ''Welcome to Night Vale fan works vary on the races of characters (except Carlos, who is Latino).

    Film 
  • Oliver Stone's World Trade Center includes, among other real life people, a minor character based mostly off a real man who happened to be black. Unfortunately, when they were doing research, no one in the production thought to check this man's race, and they cast a white actor. After the movie came out they were informed about it, and Stone apologized.

    Religion and Mythology 
  • Jesus is mostly portrayed as a white European though many believe he would be darker-skinned as he was from the Middle East. Jesus has been given different races depending on the congregation, including African and Asian.
    • Same thing with his mother, the Virgin Mary. Not only is she portrayed as being multiple races (depending on the congregation), but she always conforms to the then-current ideals of feminine beauty in that culture, presumably because Beauty Equals Goodness.

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