First piece of wordy evidence
Everyone makes mistakes. Some are more severe than others—there are mistakes that can offend others. Where am I going with this, you ask? Well, I was reading a featured story on Episode, and in the background of a casino, I saw a default character wearing a hijab with an above-elbow dress, and I’m thinking to myself like, I thought hijabs were supposed to be worn with long sleeve shirts! I wish I took a picture of this to show you proof, but it is what it is.
Second piece of wordy evidence
But that’s not all, oh no; I was reading this other (old) story on Episode, and in Episode 3 [during a party scene], I looked at one of the background characters (keep in mind that this was in INK) and saw a black muslim SMOKING. Yes, you heard that right: smoking. As far as I’m concerned, the practice of Islam FORBIDS smoking, so Idk what this author was thinking when scripting this scene, but since she included a character of religion in the mix, she should’ve done a little research on creating muslim characters, even if she wasn’t important to the storyline. Also, she was wearing heels, which is also forbidden, so there’s that. Again, I don’t have visual proof of this misrepresented character again, so sorry!
So, what about you guys? Have you seen a misrepresented character or a character showing off cultural appropriation? In what story (you can name it but make sure to blur it and the author’s name and don’t be rude about them)? Do you have pictures for proof or a wordy explanation? How can you tell if it was cultural appropriation/misrepresentation or just a simple mistake?