Excuses. Excuses everywhere. Honestly, I’m so fed up with authors using lame excuses to avoid including/ representing correct diversity.
Usually it’s “I don’t know, I’ve never seen any (insert race/religion etc.” really? So you can’t represent anything because you don’t know? There’s a wonderful invention these days called the internet. Research seems daunting, but it really does help represent diversity well. No diversity is a huge turnoff to me. I see boring, bland characters all with similar skin tone, same features, only the hair being the difference. That’s definitely not a realistic portrayal.
Another lame excuse “They’re (insert race) but it’s just not shown because they don’t look like it!” this is quite rare. Maybe one character like that’s fine…but seriously? Everybody looks white but is apparently mixed race, asian etc. when the author gets some fanmail. Honestly, I think they should own up and learn from their mistakes instead of getting mad and making up nonsense on the spot.
What are some absurd excuses you’ve heard? It can’t just be me who’s fed up with this…