Could you maybe do a gif pack thing for candis cayne?
Of course! I think I had her on my personal list, I’ll definitely try to have one done for her soon. I’m working on Lucas Silveira and have some others in line but I’ll put her on my actual to do list.
Dear roleplayers/admins/etc that use the “rp is supposed to be fun!” excuse,
Who is it supposed to be fun for? If it’s supposed to be fun, and that’s your excuse for not including diverse characters, what does that mean? Is RP only supposed to be fun for cis het white people?
"RP is supposed to be an escape!"
Is it an escape from a diverse world, then? Are you escaping to a world where cis het White people are the dominant force and POC are put on the back burner? Because last time I checked, that’s a lot like the real world. And if this is your escape, why do you want to escape to a world where POC and other groups aren’t properly represented?
Hey everyone. A year or so ago, I did a project for one of my English classes. I chose to do a mock roleplay based on a comic anthology that featured Asian American characters.
In addition to creating the roleplay, I addressed the lack of POC faceclaims in tumblr roleplay. Not only did I mention the fact that there are so few of them, I connected the lack of available faceclaims to the lack of POC in mainstream media. I considered writing a formal essay on it for another course, but for now I only have my thoughts written up on pages on the roleplay page. I thought that I would share this information, because I think it’s important to consider how mainstream media affects roleplay, and how we as roleplayers have the ability to counteract the lack of POC in media by using the resources that are available rather than using the excuse that there aren’t enough resources.
Under the cut is the text from a couple of the pages I wrote up (I’ve bolded the parts that are not just basic breakdowns of how tumblr rp works, though I recommend reading them in their entirety).
If you would like to see the roleplay and all of the pages related to it, please click here. If you have any questions about this or would like to have a discussion about my observations, please feel free to send me a message.
[Please note: These pages have not been changed since their creation over a year ago, so there may be some mistakes. They are not perfect nor do I consider my observations to be fact.]
So many rps would rather have an FC of a certain ethnicity used for a character that isn’t their ethnicity. They would rather ignore their ethnicity than use an FC of the correct ethnicity. Furthermore, they would rather stand by that decision because they want to keep that FC than, oh I don’t know, make that character the correct ethnicity. Or better yet, use an FC with the proper ethnicity for that character and then use the original FC for a different character. But no, they would rather have a huge majority of white FCs and fight tooth and nail over one POC faceclaim because goodness forbid they have more than one or two properly cast POC characters.
There is so much wrong with this community sometimes and it’s so disheartening.
Is it really so hard to just apologize and change the FC? Whether or not you're POC, erasure is not okay, and you're all coming off as extremely unprofessional in your handling of this. Recognize your mistakes and fix it; that's all everyone wants. Rphelper and faceclaimsofcolor both have good FC directories.
We did make a mistake, by apologizing for something that didn’t need to be apologized for. We did not erase Zayn Malik’s race, from where he sits somewhere in America, he is still very much Pakistani and very much beautiful. We created a character, and used his face to portray him. It is called role-playing, and Zayn Malik has been casted to play a hispanic role. If you or gabetalks or rphelper do not agree, don’t apply. It is simple as that. To say that we have handled this with anything less than maturity and respect, is a lie. We may have disagreements on what classifies as racism, but we do /not/ bow down to radical opinions coming to our blog and belittling our hard work to make them feel better. Ferguson is going through a tragedy, there are threats of a real life Purge. There are people dying. While Zayn Malik, clueless to all of this, is just dandy and, last time I checked, still completely unaffected by our casting him as someone of Spanish decent. Ethnic erasure would be telling people that Zayn Malik is hispanic. That is not what we are doing. His character, however, is. To attack us on what we are doing is basically saying that actors, who work so hard on their art, are limited to a certain role because of their skin color. It’s the definition of over-reacting, and no further questions on the matter will be answered. If you do not want to apply, do not apply. But as for the people who can see past this drama, and look more at the weeks of hard work that went into making a well-rounded role-play, then our submit is waiting for you. Have a wonderful day.
What’s more, stop having her as a cis male character in your roleplays because that’s whack.
i’ve never seen that but sadly i believe it. i wouldn’t put it past people. like get it together, come on. why, when you have like plenty of cis dudes to pick from. like i know this is a revolutionary concept but maybe cast non binary and trans fcs as non binary and trans characters???? like?/?
shannyn sossamon, harmony santana, janet mock, laura jane grace, godfrey gao, aziz ansari, dev patel, tori kelly, victoria justice, diego boneta, jessica sanchez, tahj mowry, ruby rose, jordan rodrigues
I’m usually passive aggressive/quiet/too afraid to confront people and I just reblogged some things for them to see but at this point I’m just thinking that if they don’t want to rp with me or talk to me because I say something to them then so be it. I can be passive aggressive and shut my mouth when it comes to other things but like things are getting out of hand and this one white girl I can at least say something to and try to change her mindset I might as well try
Someone that recently joined a small group I’m going to rp with is coming at the dash with some “not all white people” “don’t fight hate with hate” “what you’re saying is hurtful [to white people]” stuff.
What exactly is 1x1 roleplaying? I've seen the term tossed around a lot lately-is it the same thing as indie roleplaying?
1x1 is a type of rping, but instead of it being in a group, you only rp with one person. A lot of the time, that means that the focus is mostly on your ship, but it can also mean a lot more character development and control over your plot. It’s not the same thing as indie roleplaying. In the indie community, you usually have one account for your muse (and sometimes you might have a multi-muse account) and you interact with several other muses in the indie community with that account. In the 1x1 community, people usually make one account where they post their plots, plot bunnies, writing samples, etc and they use that to discuss plots with other people. When they find a plot they like or someone likes their plot, they will usually contact one another and either fill in an application or just agree to rp. Then they usually make new accounts (some people will just make sideblogs) and rp with one another using those accounts.
For an example 1x1 blog, you can take a look at mine here. If you have more questions, please feel free to ask!
(FC help anon) No, you answered it perfectly-and unintentional racism is casting minorities as villains. Basically, you answered my question, thank you so much!
I’m glad I could help you out, then! And again, please let me know if you get stuck or have more questions in the future.
I forgot to add this but, pro tip: When you’re casting POC, remember that not all ethnicities are the same. “Hispanic” characters can’t all be related, even if two FCs do look very similar. A Mexican FC and Puerto Rican FC shouldn’t be cast as sibling. Do your best to match people’s ethnicities.
Imma be honest, it’s sad when I can’t find a single gif hunt for Tahj Mowry, maybe three hunts for Aziz Ansari, and nothing at all for Janet mock. but y’all will jump on the hunt train and search to high heaven for gifs of underused cis het white boy number 19988824 in a heartbeat.
challenge: for every cis het white fc you make or find resources for, do the same for two poc/trans/non binary/body diverse/disabled fcs. maybe we’ll see more of a shift.
Between attempting to stay away from both whitewashing and unintentional racism, it's a bit difficult to choose FC's for a RPG. Do you have any tips to help with the process?
I’m not sure where you think you would run into unintentional racism, if you can explain what you mean by that, I can try to help you steer away from that. When you’re casting FCs, you have to consider how you’re writing the characters first.
Generally speaking, I’d say that you should try not to write stereotypical characters, try not to make all of your villains minorities, and try not to have your diverse characters be scarcely dispersed in your rp just because you feel like you’re expected to have them. Your roleplay shouldn’t be a great cast of cis het white characters with various backstories and personalities - and then a handful of diverse people thrown into the mix with backstories that are based wholly around their identity. I would advise you to think about racism and privilege when writing your characters, though. Some of your characters will be better off financially and others won’t. Some will face racism and have less access to education, while others will have easy access to jobs and social positions through family connections. Be realistic, but don’t write all of those characters into corners where their lives are filled with nothing but strife and discrimination. It’s a complicated balance sometimes, but it’s worth it when creating a realistic, inclusive roleplay.
Also, when casting your characters, I highly suggest that you try to create families of people of color. Don’t just have one POC family from each ethnicity that you can think of. Create networks and give them communities (not that you should have diverse characters only interact with diverse characters). I’ve seen too many rps where your cis het white characters have siblings, parents, cousins, best friends, and neighbors and the POC characters are lucky to get a sibling. Think about how you’re writing your privileged characters and ask yourself if you’re being fair.
If you have some specifics about your rp or about the characters you want to create, let me know and I might be able to give you some more specific advice. I hope this was helpful and that my rambling didn’t stray too far from your question, feel free to come back with more questions if you’re still confused.
Hey everyone, this isn’t an official launch, because I still have quite a few FCs to add to this directory. However, I want to bring it to everyone’s attention so you can give me some input early on, if you’d like.
This is a directory of ONLY diverse FCs. They are primarily POC, though I would like to add more non-binary FCs, and possibly include body diverse FCs.
This directory includes links to gif hunts for every single FC. For that reason, I ask that you only suggest FCs with gifs if you do suggest one.
You can sort this by ethnicity and gender, though I should be adding an age category soon.
A few years ago, I was part of a lovely rp you might remember as elysiumisland. Their main plot was about an island that was considered paradise. It was a safe haven for mutants that were seeking safety from the mutants on the Mainland. Another large part of their plot was the divide between the “good” and the “corrupt” mutants. The Good half believed that humans were equal and strives to bridge the gap between mutants and humans to reach peace. The Corrupt half however considered themselves superior to humans and wanted to displace them from power.
Now today I found an RP with a very similar plot. Their plot is about a mutant island that is a sanctuary to mutants with a divide between Peaceful and Righteous mutants, much like the plot of Elysium. And as if that wasn’t fishy enough, I noticed that it was run by one of Elysium’s old members.
I’ve messaged them and they’ve refused to respond so I’ve decided to go public with this information.
preterislandrp is a ripoff of elysiumisland. They may not have taken the work word for word, but they did steal the bare bones of another RP and are trying to call it their own. They have slightly reworded almost everything they have and it’s an insult to the original RP and Admins. One of the admins [ cecaelias ] copyrighted the content of the original RP before it closed and is looking into taking legal action if the RP is not taken down.
Please reblog this to spread the word. Please do not join preterisland, an RP that has stolen someone else’s plot and ideas.
Elysium was the first roleplay that I joined on tumblr. I personally went through some of the pages of Preter’s with my sister and screen shotted the similarities. I understand having a plot about mutants, maybe even a mutant island, and maybe the similarity in a divide aspect. But there are so many similarities in the details that it’s hard to ignore. Not to mention the fact that this person was previously in Elysium, and that they had an rp with a URL that was very similar to the planned sequel to Elysium. This is just very suspicious behavior and unfortunately I have to agree, I would call Preter’s Island plagiarism.
Hey there, Lea! May I ask you question no. 1 & 15 from the graphics ask game? It's been a year since I learn graphics myself and I'm still very measly on it lol.
You definitely can thank you!
1. A font you don’t like to use
Honestly I can’t think of one off the bat. I think anything Webdings just doesn’t sit well for me? Also I don’t really like using Pacifico anymore that much. I used to use it on everything, especially my blog titles and it made things messy from the sheer size.
15. Advice you would give to beginner graphic makers
Practice, practice, practice! Watch videos on Youtube, look at tutorials on tumblr, just spend time using Photoshop and getting used to it. It helps a lot to just know the basics - watch an introductory video or series on Photoshop. It’s really great to have a strong foundation to work off of. It’s kind of like playing an instrument - learning the sheet music and chords is sometimes just easier than playing by ear.
And of course don’t give up. It might take time for your work to get where you want it to, but it’ll be worth it in the long run.
Hi! I would like to get some fc advice regarding non-binary characters. I want to get around 10 non-binary characters in my first batch of 50 (then hopefully more later on) and I have 5 celebrities who consider themselves non-binary but I'm struggling to find an additional 5 with gifs at all. I was wondering if I could get some suggestions or help on the matter? Thank you :)
I’m not sure who your first 5 are, so I don’t know if my suggestions would be redundant, but I’ll try to give you some resources.
The only person that comes to mind right away is Tom Phelan, and their GIFs are very limited (I did a hunt here and have been planning on doing a GIF set too but until then I’m not sure where they would have more). (B Scott and Erika Linder also might work)
I would also send you over to this page for more suggestions, which has some people on it that you can look at. Not all of them explicitly identify as non binary, though. (From there, I know that Andrej Pejic, Ivan E Coyote, Elly Jackson, Tom Phelan, Rae Spoon, and Kieran Strange might be the easiest to get gifs of. A lot of them have videos of interviews on Youtube or footage from televison/film appearances available that you can use for GIFs.
The other thing I would suggest is using some Youtube personalities. This might be a weird suggestion, but that’s the only place that I can think of for finding FCs that have footage available for you to use for GIFs when you can’t find much representation on television or film. You’re more likely to find a lot of it, you can easily make GIFs from the videos available on Youtube, and you’re likely to find channels on Youtube run by non-binary people.
I really hope that this helps, and please please come back to me if you need me to make GIFs of any non-binary FCs. It might take me some time since GIF packs tend to take a while, but I would be more than happy to do that for you. (I’m also currently working on a Diverse FC directory that would have diverse FCs and links to GIF hunts and packs that you can come check out whenever it’s available. Til then, feel free to come to me for help with individual sets and stuff)
I’m very glad that you not only want to include non-binary characters but that you plan on having a significant amount of them, so thank you and I wish you the best of luck.
If you’re not following Iza yet, you really should be. She only 500 people away from her next goal for followers and she’s actually worth following. Her help and resources are incredible and she’s just a great person in general. If you care about representation in this community and valuable advice, you should really go follow her. So go follow catladyrph, okay? I made it easy for you, just hover over her url there and click follow.
I kind of want to make an rp based on Isla Vista. I’d want to make it a university/community college rp based on the town, but the central plot would be a group of people getting together to make a memorial or participate in a therapeutic group following the tragedy.
I’m hesitant because I wouldn’t want to exploit the very real tragedy that occurred for the sake of an rp. At the same time, I feel like it could be a way to process everything that happened. Unfortunately, for other people it would probably just be an rp and that could potentially turn into a problem.
Hey everyone, if you went me a question recently I apologize for not getting to it, I left my charger at home this past weekend and work has been very hectic but I should be getting to them today or tomorrow after work. I’m also planning on posing some writing guides and resources, as well as those gif packs and hunts I’ve been meaning to do. He next few weeks will be a bit busy here but I’m working on a schedule so I can be as helpful and productive as possible.
You know I remember someone that once told TMZ that they took a black guy to prom. They dug up the picture to show it to the news to prove that they weren’t racist. You know who that was? Aaryn Gries. Google it. And let’s not even talk about Donald Sterling.
This isn’t the same situation obviously but I just needed to say that claiming that you are completely free of all racism because you at some point or currently date(d) a POC is on the same level as “I’m not racist because I have a black friend”.
For the record, since you seem to agree with the anon that says no one has countered your arguments: I have, which you conveniently have refused to acknowledge. If you don't want to change your ways, don't, but the very least you can do is admit that you are not making this an inclusive, safe space and that you really don't care about it.
I just think you’re taking things the wrong way and you don’t care about any opinion but yours. I said nothing that was meant as offensive and am being blasted and basically called racist for it.
Which, is funny, because the people that are the most irritated for me getting issues are the ones that are actually POC. My boyfriend? Spanish/Italian. The main group of my best friends? Majority are Latina/Latino, from all different parts of Latin America. They agree with what I said about typecasting and have all given instances of several actors who love the fact they aren’t restricted by their ethnicity with roles.
I care about the RPH community which is why when I see something that I don’t agree with, I generally keep scrolling. What makes the RPH community toxic is when you literally cyber-bully people who don’t agree with what you do. If you don’t like someone’s opinions, okay. But don’t put them on blast for it.
With that being said, I’m done. Most likely with RPH in general. It’s sad, I was actually pretty excited about doing this but as usual, people had to ruin something fun.
I’m sorry for offending you, but I stick to my own opinions. Now please, have a nice day.
Listen. Both of my parents were born in Mexico, and I’m a first generation Mexican American. But I have light skin. Does that mean that I’m not Latin@? That I’m not Mexican American? No.
When I first started giving out FC advice, I based my suggestions completely on physical appearance. I saw some similarities and stuck by those suggestions because they just looked so so similar. But I didn’t understand the importance of ignoring identities and just going to physical appearance.
I’ve obviously known about racism and discrimination for a while, and I learned about privilege and the importance of representation, but I never thought about actually researching an FC’s ethnicity before casting them. And I don’t remember when I made the change, but I did. I understood that there was an issue and I fixed it. I don’t think anybody ever told me personally that I was making that mistake, nobody called me out, but I realized what I was doing and I corrected that behavior on my own.
When someone tells you that you’ve done something offensive, that you are contributing to an oppressive tradition, that you are erasing people and their identities, your reaction should not be to get angry and claim that you’re a victim. You should not try to defend your oppressive actions. Just listen. Try to understand what you’re doing.
It’s high time people in this community understand the importance of proper representation. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard that it’s “just rp” or that it’s “just for fun”. Isn’t television supposed to be fun? Film? Does that mean that representation isn’t important? How many studies have we seen showing that young people are effected psychologically by a lack of representation and by misrepresentation in media?
Now, think about how many hours you spend a day roleplaying. Think about how many White characters you see in comparison to how many characters of color you see, just on the dash in one day. Now imagine that you see a POC on your dash. How many times will that POC have relatives? If you’re lucky, they might have one sibling. The White characters more often than not have families that are properly cast, because let’s be honest, there are a lot of White FCs out there. And it’s hard to find POC FCs that could be related, because there are so few of them.
Now imagine being a POC and hey, they actually have a family. But someone said “hey, Puerto Ricans and Mexicans are from different countries and they’re not the same, but let’s just lump them together because their skin tones are kind of the same.” Think about that. Think about how little representation there is already, to be lumped in with someone because your skin is about the same pigment as them and your faces look kind of similar. And you want to complain but guess what? People will tell you to just be glad that there are POC at all. Be happy that they’re even trying to cast enough POC for a family. Be grateful that you’re even visible in the rp community. Think about what it’s like to hear stuff like this, over and over and over again. That your identity isn’t worth a little inconvenience like googling an FC’s ethnicity for accuracy.
Please understand that this is not an issue of preference, but of identity erasure. Representation is important, even in the rp community, please just take a moment to understand what it means to have your identity erased completely because it’s easier on people.