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After illustrating Obama, Beyoncé, and Jay Z as white people, WikiHow issues apology

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Tess Cagle

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Published Jan 25, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 3:21 am CDT

How-to website WikiHow issued several tweets on Tuesday, apologizing for depicting Barack Obama, Beyoncé, and Jay Z as white people.

“When we saw the whitewashed image of Obama, Jay Z and Beyonce, we were disgusted and ashamed,” they said. “It never should have been on WikiHow.”

The apology followed a tweet posted by Beyoncé fan account @beyupdates, which called out the website for the illustration that appeared in an article about how to become a congressman.

https://twitter.com/beyupdates_/status/823268475087060992

WikiHow posted seven tweets in response to the initial post. The account explained that the illustration was created three years ago by a team of illustrators. They claimed the sketcher and the colorist in the team worked independently, so the colorist was unaware that the sketch was supposed to depict people of color.

Some users on Twitter remained skeptical, and pointed out inconsistencies with WikiHow’s apology. They questioned why Obama’s hair style was changed, or how the colorist knew to color Beyonce’s dress red.

https://twitter.com/DeMarcoDraws/status/824051099082649600

https://twitter.com/Jugg4me/status/824018197275758592

https://twitter.com/EniafeMomodu/status/824273727152156678

Others responded more positively to the apology, thanking WikiHow for the clarification.

WikiHow’s final comment on the issue regarded the lack of diversity among its staff.

“We’re talking with our illustrators to prevent recurrence and encourage diversity,” they wrote. “Especially in positions of power.”

H/T Pitchfork

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*First Published: Jan 25, 2017, 8:30 pm CST