In recent days, a screenshot showing an article with a supposed interview conducted with the author of dragonball, Akira Toriyama. In this controversial post, it is mentioned that the author was asked why there are no colored characters in the play, and Toriyama mentions that it is because “It is a work for Japanese, not for blacks“.
In case you haven’t seen it, or if you don’t speak English, here is the translation of the text:
- Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon Ball responds to haters who criticize the lack of black characters in the series.
- “This is a Japanese franchise. Made by Japanese, for Japanese. It’s not your series. It’s ours”.
- “The things people complain about keep changing over time, but Japan’s racial demographics don’t. They (blacks) don’t live hereToriyama said in a highly controversial interview earlier this month. When asked about the decision to include Mr. Popo (a racist portrayal of a black individual) in the series, Toriyama replied: “I love Mr Popo. He is a hilarious character. But maybe you’re right, if he could go back in time, he’d include three of them in the story to avoid all this drama.“.
- As Black History Month draws to a close, it is important to reflect on the impact and influence of Black culture on all facets of society. Although anime may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering black history, it is worth exploring the ways in which black culture has influenced society.
Before you cry to heaven, let us tell you that this image is completely false. First, when searching for the title of the article with a refined search in Google, nothing is found. In addition, when searching for information about the author “Danielle Starlight“, we can find a profile on LinkedIn where we see that he graduated in “disturb people“.
But of course, you have to know how to look for information to realize that the image is false, so there are still many people who “they eat the bait“. It should be remembered that there are many types of baitsuch as not revealing all the information in the title to invite the reader to read, but this is definitely the worst type, the one that seeks to denigrate someone else’s image, and does not even give the slightest hint of being false information.
In short, a variety of comments have emerged, highlighting:
- «This is false. Toriyama doesn’t give many interviews, and I don’t think he’s ever talked about anything political.».
- «Everybody loves Mr. Popo».
- «I never thought that Mr. Popo was a black man. I just thought he was a pretty cool genius».
- «Why is this shit still being posted everywhere? It’s not even real and even if it is who gives a shit».
- «How many times is this satire going to be republished?».
- «Fake article. Toriyama is a sweet guy, he wouldn’t get involved in this».
- «Damn, this satirical post really revealed some true colors of the people in this community.».
- «I love it when satire takes all the fucking racist fools out».
- «Second time today someone posts this here even after hundreds have verified it’s fake».
- «Oh yeah I love misinformation».
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