WikiHow Accused Of ‘Whitewashing’ Photo Of Obama, Jay Z, And Beyonce

WikiHow said they were “disgusted and ashamed” that a whitewashed version of a photo featuring three African-American icons ended up on their site.

The instructional site WikiHow faced backlash after getting called out for “whitewashing” an illustration adapted from a photo of Barack Obama with Jay-Z and Beyonce.

The original picture was taken during a 2012 fundraising event in New York. WikiHow used the image as a visual aid in an article titled, “How to Become a Congressman.” 

The site transformed the picture into a cartoon, but in doing so, also gave the three African-American public figures white skin and European-esque hair.

After being called out on Twitter, WikiHow promptly removed the image and issued an apology. However, the damage was already done and the Beyhive (a collective of Beyonce’s most dangerously loyal fans) was already on the attack.

In a series of tweets, WikiHow expressed to its followers, and the world, how “disgusted and ashamed” they are for this blunder, but ultimately attributed it to a lack of communication between the employee who sketches and the person who colors.  

This egregious mistake just illustrates (pun intended) how desperately diversity education and training needs to be made mandatory in the workforce. However, at least WikiHow saw and acknowledged the error in their ways and vowed to work toward preventing situations like this from happening again. 

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