Batgirl Artist Babs Tarr Accused of Racism and Blackface for Illustration Self-Portrait With Tan Skin – Bounding Into Comics
DC Comics artist Babs Tarr, best understood for her work on and outfit redesign for the 2014 soft reboot of Batgirl, has actually been implicated of bigotry and promoting blackface after posting a self-portrait which depicted herself with a darker skin tone than her real life appearance.
On Might 29th, artwork posted to Tarr’s Instagram account featuring a full body representation of Tarr in a pink, skintight dress with heavy make-up and another piece of fanart depicting her “Supersona” (an initial take on a Superman household style), came under fire due to Tarr’s representation of herself with deeply tanned skin.
Fans fasted to implicate Tarr of outright racism and claimed that, by drawing herself in such a method, Tarr had actually taken part in the racist act of performative ‘black face,’ with some even presuming as to slam the in-game skin tone Tarr picked for her avatar in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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These allegations were likewise joined by demands that Tarr delete the pieces and release an apology:
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A variety of individuals would also call on Babs Tarr to be fired from Critical Role, a web series that follows a group of players as they play Dungeon & Dragons.
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In the face of these accusations, Tarr stated that she wished to “apologize for any hurt caused” and assured “to do better in the future.”
She added that she was going to be personally messaging a number of individuals and that her DMs would also be open.
She then motivated people who were safeguarding her against the allegations to stop saying, “I was in extremely much the incorrect.”
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Tarr would later on publish an extended apology, noting that she will be attempting to “rexamine my own benefit and reassess how I must’ve handled my own blind spots.”
She would likewise also lash out at fans who defended her, identifying them as “ComicsGate f *** s” and declaring they were “harassing or attacking people under the guise of “supporting” me.”
The statement starts, “It concerned my attention that the way I have actually portrayed myself in illustrations and avatars discovered as aesthetically determining myself as a POC. What I unintentionally and sadly attained is called black-fishing, which is a form of blackface. When I first saw these critiques, I was in utter shock of these accusations and got wrongly defensive, rather of trying to comprehend the heart of these criticisms. I actively disengaged when I need to’ve listened and attended to these concerns.”
It continues, “Seeing the injured the Black neighborhood has actually experienced (both in recent events and traditionally) made me reexamine my own privilege and review how I should’ve handled my own blind spots. I am really sorry to those I have actually hurt with my artwork, my silence, and my inactiveness, and will work harder to be a much better ally and listener in the future.”
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She concluded, “Also, to all the ComicsGate f *** s who are bugging or assaulting individuals under the guise of “supporting” me: I am not for you or about you. F *** off.”
Since writing, no evidence of the supposed harassment or attacks doled out by the previously mentioned “f *** s” has been produced, and a search of the public Twitter discourse shows the majority of her defenders supporting her right to draw herself nevertheless she ‘d like, with the more harsh tweets discussing the Catch-22 of apologizing to bad faith outrage mobs.
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