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ChibiGoku



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:34 am Reply with quote
Oh, good. They did end up redesigning him slightly, to avoid the Black Face connotations with the original design.

This is what he looked like back in September 2017:








I'm guessing someone at the studio or their International partners must've raised concerns about it, for understandable reasons.

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Mhora



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:54 am Reply with quote
Yeah, yeah, we all have to bow to the terrible history of the United States. Makes it hard to like you guys.
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MasterKingJC



Joined: 21 Dec 2010
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:33 am Reply with quote
Mhora wrote:
Yeah, yeah, we all have to bow to the terrible history of the United States. Makes it hard to like you guys.


Yeah because racial caricatures of black people only exist in the United States. It's not like ones like Zwarte Piet still exist. Rolling Eyes
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Jeff Bauersfeld



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:54 pm Reply with quote
Mhora wrote:
Yeah, yeah, we all have to bow to the terrible history of the United States. Makes it hard to like you guys.


Japan has a history of using black face that should be as avoided as the United States' use of it.
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OjaruFan2



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:33 pm Reply with quote
Wouldn't mind giving this a shot.
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CastMember1991



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:01 pm Reply with quote
Sony had better used this character in commercials for their products.
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