WikiHow Paints Jay Z, Beyonce & Barack Obama White
A Cartoon image for “How To Become A Congressman” Tutorial featuring Jay Z, Former President Barack Obama Queen Beyonce gone wrong.
The beautiful portrait below of these celebrities and the Former President was based on photo taken after a Fundraising Event.
Unless the Illustrator lives under a rock, no way you can assume Jay Z, Beyonce and even this Illustrator’s Ex-President is white. As you can see….
BUT Wikihow did apologize. “When we saw the whitewashed image of Obama, Jay Z & Beyoncé, we were disgusted & ashamed. It never should have been on WikiHow. We learned it was made 3 years ago by a team of illustrators who work as one. One person sketches, the other person colors. The sketcher sent the colorist a black and white sketch.
WikiHow continues “The colorist did not know the race of the models. The colorist wasn’t aware it was Obama and Beyoncé. We don’t think the illustrator intentionally whitewashed here. This doesn’t excuse the fact that we hosted a terrible image on wikiHow and we needed more diversity on that article period. We’re talking with our illustrators to prevent recurrence and encourage diversity. Especially in positions of power.”
I understand that accidents happen, but what business person, adult, especially working for a reputable company like WikiHow, don’t know the color of their own President…since this was 3 years ago and Obama had been 5 years in, smh. Well….OK….