I've been thinking about this subject a lot recently. I don't know the right words for it, but you know how it can/is deemed offensive to, say, have a persona that is POC while you yourself, are white. I don't want to begin a debate on "is THIS right or wrong" because I do feel that it is reasonably uncomfortable for a lot of people, so it is something that I choose to respect.
and maybe this is just my brain struggling to comprehend social concepts, cause I mean, I normally struggle with things that seem obvious to others
But I sometimes run into spots where I don't quite know where the line is drawn, ESPECIALLY where fantasy races are involved. I obviously really like creating and drawing characters of all types, races, fantasy or not, ect. I love the diversity and I love how much others enjoy my character designs too.
I DO NOT have a persona that is dark skinned, as I am a white fool and that just doesn't sit well.
But unintentionally I DO have a dark skinned character that I have been using as a mascot of sorts when I rebranded my twitter account. She is a dark elf, so being a non-realistic race, I didn't really think much of it. My reason for using her (and I did this like a year ago) was she originated in WoW when my husband and I used to play. We grew attached to our characters and have been slowly crafting a story about them. They are not us, they are their own beings with their own personalities, as OCs would be. But I like her so much and her name felt like such a nice one to go by, I was like hey why not use her as my brand mascot?
I'm not trying to treat her as a persona, but recently I understand that using her as my account's "face" kind of makes it look like that in action, despite intentions. No one has ever said anything or sounded uncomfortable with me for it, but also, I never asked anyone before. So I keep flip flopping on the matter of "hang on, am I being a problem or is this bothering no one and I'm just being over cautious??????"
Does this become uncomfortable or jarring when it is a race and color that is not realistic, and has no implication of realistic culture? This is what it looks like in practice
I do think that in some cases, intentions should matter more than anything, cause not everyone has a thorough understanding of the modern PC culture. And opinions will always vary on what we like and dont like. But like, is this something you've heard any debates on to think "maybe this is JUST controversial enough to maybe rebrand again?"
I very very much love thoughts and opinions on this,
but please refrain from complaining about the concept of respecting others' discomforts. I know some people hate PC-ness. Sometimes it can go too far, sure, but this is an area that I feel is appropriate for me to respect?
If I do rebrand I thought about creating a persona based on my avi on here, but then again idk if that's allowed cause of copyright on the item designs I guess that is a secondary question on this thread?