Look, I know that there are some Caucasian Brazilians, so don't get your thongs in a knot. Ya know, with DC and other companies going batty(lol) over forced diversity, such as characters like Morgan Edge and Etta Candy being black to Cyborg being forced into the JLA Big 7 instead of John Jones, you have to wonder: why is Fire still white? Brazilians are usually indigenous(native americans), blacks, Caucasians, Asians, or a mixture of one or more. So with all the diversity, why not have a mixed or Native version of Fire? Would it not make sense?
Brazilians are not (just) white
I'm starting to wonder what people are actually thinking when they create these threads to bring up topics no one thought about before because of the simplicity of the arguments that never happened in the first place. It's like reasoning with the Hulk. Hulk smash thread.
There's an interesting thing about how American people see Brazilian people, an d we can say this throught comics: Brazilian always have "DaCosta" as a Last Name; If the character is male, he has to be related to soccer or other sports; If is female, the only important thing is the body and the tiny, tiny clothes. I'm Brazilian, and I just laugh when I see this. Well... If the american writers want to work with brazilian characters, the best thing to do is study really hard to know about brazilian people! I'm sure that most of people keep thinking that our language is spanish!
Yeah, like I said, I know the spiders thing is Cambodia. But probably because I associate Brazil so strongly with giant spiders in the first place, the ideas bleed over. So, yeah, in my tiny, inexperienced mind: Brazil = fancy dance-kicks and spiders. Sometimes dreadlocks enter the equation but not as often.
Hey, I actually like the fact she's white because it breaks the stereotype that Brazilians are only black or indian like ¬¬. You know, there's so much variety here that she could actually have ANY physical type and we'd recognize her as Brazilian. I think making Latin American characters white and US/European characters black would be more representative for minorities. Cause blonds are a minority here almost the same way black people are a minority there.
If they changed her, though, I'd rather her to be tan, carioca like, cause it's the type Brazilian women associate better with. THOUGH she has green eyes AND hair...if she was tan or black she'd look like a TREE XP
@gravitypress : As a type, I have to say I associate US with blond people, but the most famous US characters around the world have brown or even black hair. (Spider Man, Superman, Batman, Hal Jordan, Cyclops). They don't represent the stereotype most people have of US population and I guess most people are perfectly ok with that :)
And I'm done talking about it.
@RazzaTazz : I wasn't being racist, I'm black and my mother is white, for God's shake! I don't have problems with any "racial" type ¬¬
I was just saying that it's not wrong to have a white Brazilian/ Mexican/ Peruvian character. As well as it wouldn't be wrong if she was black, asian or indian. Read what I wrote above, that's what I was trying to say...
Anyway, sorry, I think I expressed myself in a wrong way :(
@X9: The only Brazil we see in the US is the beaches and the beautiful people. Be it tourism commercials or fliers. We don't see the slums or the bad parts.
Ok...but what does it have to do with the whole topic?
Nha, nevermind, pal. I think this thing is going too far and some of you will end up misunderstanding me...
Let's end it here, ok? I think I made my point already.
Hey, I actually like the fact she's white because it breaks the stereotype that Brazilians are only black or indian like ¬¬. You know, there's so much variety here that she could actually have ANY physical type and we'd recognize her as Brazilian.
I've got to say you're totally right, buddy. I'm from Chile , a country located in South America. There's a lot of physical type variety here. We aren't only dark-skinned or aboriginal people, take a walk around one the capital cities in any latin country, and you will find: blondes, brunnettes, read-heads, and so forth. By showing a dark blond Fire in comics, you will be helping to break molds and stereotype 'bout how latin people are, or how they look like! =D
They should just merge her with Starfire, really I don't see the purpose of the character, other than to be "HEY LOOK BRAZIL HAS A HERO TOO!!!1111!!"
Honestly, I think you can be rigth, because, as a brazilian man, I don't think Fire is a genuine brazilian character. The people who created her doesn't know anything about brazilian culture, so the result is this: a woman with super powers but no identity!
By the way, I think it is a really interesting thing. I read 52 series and I see Fire's appearences there, and it made me happy. It was really good to see her, in an important story, acting with the famous super heroes... This is a sign (for me, of course) that the writers think she has something special.
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