Last week, Sanrio announced a new lineup of adorable Splatoon 2 Pearl and Marina mascots that will be offered at SEGA amusement centers in Japan.
While the Japanese warmly welcomed the Pearl and Marina mascots, users on the video game forum ResetERA accused Sanrio of whitewashing Marina. Here’s how Marina looks like in game:
And how the “whitewashed” Marina mascot looks like:
Reactions on ResetERA include the following:
That is just super blatant. LOL
What’s really weird is they whitewashed her twice: her key art is noticeably lighter than her normal look, and the plush is whitewashed beyond that even.
Yikes that’s a bad look
Yikes! What even is this?! What the hell, Sanrio?!
The Japanese soon caught wind of what the Gaikokujin (foreigners) were thinking, and here are their reactions to the people on ResetERA:
As it’s a Hello Kitty collaboration, and Hello Kitty is white, so…
(Pearl and Marina) aren’t humans, so (why the fuss)?
They are Squid, or even Octopus.
Marina isn’t black. I don’t under these Gaijin (foreigners), but I guess since they think she’s a black girl, she must always be black.
They used the same material as Pearl to save on costs.
Octopuses could freely change the color of their body.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments?