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May 9 '11

New preview from DC reveals “white washing” mistake

On Saturday, I posted a picture of the Flash family that appeared in the Free Comic Book Day Green Lantern within a preview of Flashpoint. I was concerned that the one of the few women of color in the Flash family, XS also known as Barry Allen’s granddaughter Jenni Ognats, had been white washed.

Today, the preview is shown online at USA TODAY and shows a big change.

The original print version with my note:

The image that appeared today on USA TODAY

It’s interesting to note that the not only did the character’s hair and skin color change but her costume changed and now reflects the costume the character is identified with (see below). The face of the character, however, remains unchanged.

How did a comic book get printed with such a glaring mistake? How did a character that is clearly a women of color get approved as a white, blonde character? I hope DC can clear this up and ensure this does not happen again.

Update: I have sent an email to DC’s PR lead asking for comment.

  1. outofcreativenames reblogged this from askkakuro
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  5. elfgrove reblogged this from dcwomenkickingass and added:
    Yup. I like being angry with DC colorists.
  6. speedstergirl reblogged this from xurwin
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  8. deedeedeebee reblogged this from dcwomenkickingass and added:
    it was supposed to be XS?? wowww wow...at least they corrected the mistake ??
  9. aaceofhearts reblogged this from dcwomenkickingass
  10. phantom-typist reblogged this from dcwomenkickingass and added:
    LOL how does that happen?
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  13. mmcelhaney reblogged this from dcwomenkickingass and added:
    As of now, DC still hasn’t responded?!!
  14. retro-nouveau said: Yay, I thought they might fix that pretty quickly. Still no Bart.
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  17. captain-jaybird reblogged this from skalja and added:
    It’s like the colorist saw her, didn’t know who she was, and said “Fuck it. I’ll give her a red and yellow uniform...
  18. skalja reblogged this from ronchronchronch and added:
    Ugh, no wonder I didn’t recognize her! Gross.
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  21. gin-and-comics said: My guess is that the image had to be colored in a hurry and the colorist didn’t have notes on the character. Books are often down to the wire and have to be rushed out the door. When that happens mistakes like this can slip by editorial.
  22. laughingdaredevil reblogged this from dcwomenkickingass and added:
    Looks to me like someone thought Jenni was supposed to be Jesse Quick. After all Jesse wore her hair in a ponytail and a...
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  26. ronchronchronch reblogged this from dcwomenkickingass and added:
    jesus christ dc
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