Nuggets of Wisdom

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Daily Stevie: Crystal Gems (And Tumblr SJW Drama!)

Crystal gems by Gashi-gashi

You’re probably curious as to why I’m highlighting this art piece for today’s post. Two reasons: one, it’s darn good. I mean, really darn good. Just look at it! The art style makes it look like the cover of a Japanese manga—which isn’t all that surprising, since the artist himself is Japanese.

Speaking of the artist, that brings me to my second reason. You see, the artist, Gashi-Gashi, has received a lot of flak over this deviation from Tumblr social justice warriors. (Tumblr SJWs upset over nothing? Color me surprised!) Why? Because they claimed it “white-washed” Garnet's race because she has a lighter skin color.

Where do I even begin?

First of all, the gems don’t have “race” because they’re not human. They’re extraterrestrial lifeforms whose skin color match the color of their gems. Garnet isn’t black or brown. She’s a dark red, because actual garnets are red—just like pearls are white and amethysts are purple.

Second, even if Garnet were brown and she were given a lighter skin tone for this art piece, so what? If Captain America can be black and Thor can be a woman, Garnet can be a lighter shade of red, which is what she is in this picture.

Third, and this is important, the artist has explained that her skin tone is only lighter in this picture because she and the other gems are glowing. As you can see in other pictures of Garnet here and here, she’s the usual dark shade of red (or brown, depending on your perspective).

But of course, trying to explain all of that to Tumblr SJWs is like trying to explain basic chemistry and human biology to anti-vaxxers: they’re immune to reasonable discourse.

Anyway, you should really check out Gashi-Gashi's gallery. He has some really awesome fan art from other franchises such as Adventure Time and My Little Pony. Though as a fair warning: most of his gallery can be considered slightly NSFW, since, as you can see from the picture above, he love to depict the female form and accentuate their “assets”, if you know what I mean. ;)