Although Square Enix’s Final Fantasy 7 Remake looks stunning, some fans are concerned about the supposed whitewashing of Barret.
Square Enix revived their Final Fantasy 7 Remake at Sony’s second State Of Play episode, but a number of fans are concerned that Barret has been “whitewashed”.
The Final Fantasy 7 Remake was first announced in 2015, but since then the highly-anticipated title has been stuck in development hell.
Fans were thrilled to see its return at State Of Play, yet the glee over its beautiful graphics has quickly turned to rage.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake: “Why TF does Barret look white?”
Kotaku recently expressed their concerns about Barret’s voice, and now the community is worried that the character has been “whitewashed”.
Next to Cloud, Sephiroth and Aerith, Barret is one of Final Fantasy 7’s most iconic characters thanks to his appearance and contrasting style.
Unfortunately, some fans on Twitter (as spotted by ResetEra) have expressed their dismay at him being given the Robert Downey Jr. Tropic Thunder treatment.
Why’d they give my dude Barret the wild Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder voice in that FF VII trailer though? pic.twitter.com/O7p10WEeMr
— Paul Tamayo (@polimayo) May 9, 2019
Some asked if Square Enix had whitewashed the iconic gunner, while an individual on Reddit said that the lightened skin tone makes the party member resemble a “white biker dude”.
Wait a second. I just rewatched this several times in a row and why TF does Barret look white? Are my eyes playing tricks on me? Is it my phone screen? What is going on here?
— Kristi Anderson (@CinderSlays) May 9, 2019
Meanwhile, others are simply disappointed that Barret doesn’t have the same “gruff” exterior he did back in 1997.
My self being a black man only concern with the trailer was why did they made Barret less black than he is. I want Barret to be a gruff black guy. Thats how I remember him.
— yes_msg (@fortkatana4u) May 12, 2019
In Square Enix’s defence, some Twitter users pointed out that the outrage is nonsense and that Barret’s look is the result of lighting.
How? do You know light effect can make black looks like different?
If You played FFVII You should know the game has cyberpunk settings (city filled with neon lights) I want You to do an experiment, take a black person and put him in front of neon lights then We can talk.
— twinspectre (@twinspectre) May 15, 2019
Is he lighter skinned? It seems so. But, he’s not white. He’s still clearly black.
— GABRiEL (@gabe_reisinger) May 10, 2019
Square Enix’s Final Fantasy 7 Remake doesn’t have a release date, but fans can expect to see more at E3 2019.