Has Sean Matsuda been Whitewashed in Street Fighter V?

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Although at this present moment it's uncertain until the full game's release in February 16th, it appears as if Capcom has done the absolute unthinkable and apparently decided to whitewash Street Fighter's 3's Brazilian fighter Sean Matsuda.

He also happens be the younger sibling to Street Fighter V's Laura and we can't say we didn't see this coming, especially when you take into account how light his sister's skin tone is.

In Laura's comic book story art, the young brawler who was formerly dark skinned and had afro textured hair has appeared to have been given an extreme makeover, alas a race lift.
The once melanated hopeful martial artist student now seems to have been redesigned to unquestionably appear more caucasian, complete with straight, light brown/reddish hair and fair skin, he also happens to have a piece of tape plastered on his face which hides his nose.

Originally it appeared Sean was a black kid from New York who played basketball and took up an interest in Martial arts.

It's worth noting that all the the in-game art (including these story panels) were drawn by long-time Capcom illustrator Bengus, who's style rapidly changes with each iteration, nonetheless we highly doubt the veteran is colour blind nor senile and overall it's ultimately a bad look for both Bengus and Capcom if this is to be canonically Sean's new look.

Sean was originally depicted as a young black man with kinky hair. so suddenly we're to believe all this time he only had a tan and is actually a pale redhead? No.. Sean looked black in all three Street Fighter III games and this drastic change is totally uncalled for.


For Bengus to abruptly remove Sean's African genes and the part which made the character so charming and unique in the first place is unsatisfactory and shows the lack of investment from him into these characters, a lot of overall ignorance on his part no matter how "renowned" he is.



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Sean's original character design in the Street Fighter III series

Originally it appeared Sean was a black kid from New York who played basketball and took up an interest in Martial arts, when Capcom decided to add Ken and Ryu to Street Fighter III, they changed Sean's nationality to Brazilian, which is why the radical transformation Sean has received is awful.

Everything about Sean's appearance screams "black shoto." Again let us remind you, he plays basketball, has a hi fade haircut with dreadlocks and his stage in Street Fighter New Generation was New York, Elena was in fact suppose to be the Brazilian character.


Whoever's job it was to write back stories for characters saw that and inexplicably decided for him to be "quarter Japanese Brazilian." Nobody could argue whether Sean was black before that SFV art, his race was obvious and was only in question due to his poorly planned backtory, never his design. Now though Bengus appears to have whitewashed him to oblivion.



While it's not known if Sean Matsuda's skin tone in Laura's comic book story art will be his finalized appearance yet or if he'll be be a future DLC character for SFV, nonetheless it's totally unacceptable in 2016 for characters to be getting whitewashed and changed so rapidly.

This isn't Capcom's first time race-swapping their characters either as it's happened several times in the series. The first racial change in the series happened to Birdie who used to be white but would later become black british. (The reason? He was supposedly 'ill' in the original Street Fighter which gave him pale skin).


Other race-swapping has occurred during the character's development, Street Fighter's III Urien was originally depicted as black man with an  large afro but his final design would have you think otherwise. More recently in Street Fighter IV, the Rufus we know today wasn't always fat nor caucasian.

In fact he was a bald and slender gi wearing African American martial artist with great potential called "King Cobra". Down the line though, his look was drastically changed and the result became Rufus.


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The Solution 


It's pretty obvious as to what needs to be done to restore balance and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out, it's clear as day. The best thing for Capcom to do is restore Sean's complexion to his original skin tone in the Street Fighter III series and give him back his hi fade dreadlocks, There was no reason to change it in the first place, whether it be in art or cut-scenes.

If Capcom insist on keeping Sean pale then it should be in their best interest to debut a new black martial artist character, presumably from American or Africa, who isn't "quarter Japanese." Better yet debut Rufus's concept character King Cobra as a brand new character for Street Fighter V.

You have to admit there's been an absence of black martial artists in Street Fighter and fighting games as whole despite their long standing legacy and impact. Don't believe us then check out these 12 Legendary black martial arts masters.



Besides the Street Fighter series this isn't the first time that a character in fighting game has been whitewashed. Tanya in Mortal Kombat X was almost whitewashed, including several other black female characters. We shall keep this article updated as of to whether Sean has officially been whitewashed by Capcom in Street Fighter 5, in the mean time what are your thoughts?


Update (15/05/2016)




Laura's family tree has been revealed in Street Fighter V and yes we can confirm Sean Matsuda has been moderately and unsurprisingly whitewashed in Street Fighter V, in comparison to Street Fighter III: New Generation.

Ono Yoshinori and Capcom, was it too hard to give players a non-strerotypical dark-skinned black character who didn't box? Okay, Sean has indeed been hitting the bleach (although ironically SFV's timeline before SF III), there's no question behind it, but where's the alternate black martial fighter?

In Street Fighter V there's currently one black character, Birdie and Laura to a lesser extent, but where's the rest? If Capcom no longer want Sean to be a "brotha", then why not create a young black martial artist to take his spot, as stated above King Cobra would be perfect.



Update (12/06/2016)



Though it's still quite early to tell, it appears that Sean may have only been whitewashed in the artwork of SF5, since the Afro-Brazilian's look in the recent unveiling of Street Fighter V's story mode expansion appears to be more akin to his Street Fighter 3 days.

Amidst the major June update announcements that came out this past week, Capcom unveiled a couple new screenshots featuring scenes from the upcoming Story Mode Expansion, one of the screenshots revealed Sean and in addition he looks less pale.

Capcom appeared to have backpedalled on their decision in completely erasing Sean's blackness as evident in the story mode screenshot which sees the young Matsuda with darker skin, kinky hair and his signature basketball, a large improvement over the official SFV artwork, which had us questioning whether Sean was the latest victim of whitewashing.

Again it's still a little early to celebrate but if Sean does look like this in-game and cut scenes then we can sigh in relief, considering the fact that Sean's skintone and overall appearance in the artwork had him looking like the newest advocate of skin bleaching.

50 comments:

  1. kokobeng1000010/02/2016, 04:14

    Thank you for bringing light to this! As I'm beyond frustrated about this. Everyone flips out about Alex's design in the SFV stage but Sean who looks completely different does not matter to some people.

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  2. That's the first fucking pic of Sean we've seen in this game and he looks white as snow. What the hell Capcom? I'm almost tempted to cancel my pre-order and forget about this game altogether.

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    1. Same here, I don't support whitewashing.

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    2. For real, I can't believe Capcom would blatantly do a thing like this, they always screw up.

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    3. did you gays cancel your preorders? I don't want you fags ragequitting on me online since you whine about bullshit so much

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  3. Bengus is definitely not incapable of drawing darker skinned characters. I hope it is just a bad camera shot, as well as just a shitty art piece. Not a fan of ginger Sean.

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  4. I was expecting Sean to show up somewhere because Laura is his sister, but holy hell he is 50 shades whiter, that's bull.

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  5. They got rid of Sean's locks and lightened his skin. Capcom making their statement clear.

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  6. Why is Sean white? I'm not convinced that's Sean. He looks nothing like him.

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  7. ThunderGod_Cid10/02/2016, 04:55

    Can't have decent combos.
    Can't have sexually suggestive characters.
    Can't have the characters we want.
    Can't have a good final boss.
    Can't have Sean be black anymore.

    So what can we have Capcom?

    Anyway, maybe this is just another sign of Capcom slowly retconning SFIII out of existence.

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    1. I wish you were retconned out of existence, cucky. Sean was never black, and never will be black, any more than you will ever have a girlfriend.

      and what is a "good" final boss? do you even know wtf you are bitching about whenver you start queefing? Necalli is kind of a great final boss

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    2. I think you are missing the point. Do you realize he's mixed race? You can't say if someone was not black or never black. You have no right to say that. He is considered as black to everyone else and me. Please do your research before taking about somebody. A lot of Brazilians are black.

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  8. Why in the hell is Sean so pale? Capcom is quite concerned with coming off to sexual, but they should also be concerned about the stereotypical and offensive racial aspects of many of their characters as well.

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  9. You think if they made Ken darker all of a sudden it wouldn't be an issue?

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    1. Sean isn't black.

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  10. Very disappointing. The first time I saw Streetfighter three in the arcade I was awestruck by Sean. The fact that he looked like me gave me a character that I could relate too; there was balrog and dudley,but balrog was a buffoon and Dudley was a boxer, the ryu, ken, and akuma type have always been the coolest. Now we had a yellow one and he was dark? Now he got the Tanya/ Vanessa from virtua fighter treatment

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    1. Sean is latino, and yeah I know niggers like shotos. good thing there aren't any.

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    2. Eh....not really. Sort of his dad is Japanese apparently...

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  11. sean in all of his appearances has dark skin i feared this would happen when i saw laura sigh.

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  12. It's like Vanessa from Virtua Fighter IV turning lighter in V.

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  13. Timothy Huff10/02/2016, 05:22

    Capcom did elena dirty too blue eyes and white hair with a tan brown skin tone. she don't look Kenyan to me.

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    1. you mean she looks prettier than a Kenyan???

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  14. You've gotta be shitting me. First Mortal Kombat Jade and now possibly Sean?

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    1. O HOLY SHIT OMG OMG OMG

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  15. I just can't support this. SF has always had over the top stereotypical characters but whitewashing is just too low for me.

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  16. Pretty sure Sean was black, but okay then...

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    1. You'd be Pretty wrong

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  17. Damn Sean looks terrible now, I wonder how long it'll be before Elena gets the sammy sosa treatment.

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    1. Sean is not black, Elena is.

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  18. Seriously...the hell Capcom. Sean never got his due anyway, and now you take away his race for no damn reason whatsoever. I guess black characters have to be frothingly stupid for Capcom to accept them. Hey, maybe Dudley and Elena can be white now too! Come on Capcom, we're ALL asking for that change. SMH!

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    1. I don't see you writing to your congressman, protesting with a sign, about this terrible civil rights crime, so I don't believe you are serious about it, armchair sjw faggot.

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  19. Sean was obviously a black guy all these years. Suddenly I see story art for SFV and wtf, he's now a red headed white kid. Even laura looks completely white now.

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    1. Laura is a new character debuting in SF5. You just parroted the nigger's whole article without adding a thought of your own. You are a retard.

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  20. If it's just Bengus' style to avoid brown as a skin tone for his art, then Capcom seriously needs to find someone else next time.

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    1. you are an embarrassment to the male species

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  21. Capcom I believed in you man and you do this to sean? I pray that Sean isn't whitewashed in SfV and it's just the art of the game because all my faith in ono yoshinori and Capcom will have done completely.

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    1. yeah forget everything else they did for your bitching faggot ass, making dlc free and giving you your waifu Karin, let's just suddenly throw that away and complain because obviously you need to bitch about something, from CRAP CUM!!!!11 heheheheh "crapcum" got em

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  22. NashIsJamesHolmes01/04/2016, 10:35

    Ah, onoooooo! so many make-believe white cuck mangina gorks in the comments trying to reappropriate non-existent black offense onto themselves so they can sleep at night thinking they are good useless people who masturbate and don't talk to girls. all SJW bullshit aside, I have some great news for you momma's boy bitchnerds...

    Sean isn't negroid, and never has been.

    That's right. original SFIII magazine and game profiles from 1997 tell it as it is, and make the distinction between the two Brazilian racial communities clear. Sean Matsuda is said to be a "Latino".

    They probably corrected his skin color to avoid confusion. so before you judge a book by its cover, and condemn Sean and Laura, just remember - no they're not nigroid, and never have been! So don't judge them harshly and avoid playing them, because I'm happy to report they are not what you think they are. They're good brown people :]

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    1. A little history lesson for your ignorance. Sean is Brazilian. Brazil was one of the last countries to abolish slavery. They abolished it in 1888, over 20 years after the US did away with that horrible and inhumane ideology.

      Did you know that there are millions of Afro-Brazilians (blacks)? It's quite clear that Sean was just that in SFIII. Just look at Overwatch. Lucio is also Afro-Brazilian. Blizzard was considerate enough to acknowledge the fact of their existence. If you can't, then that's your problem. Just keep in mind that you sound like an absolute blowhard on here, spewing out your hideous thoughts.

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    2. Brazillians can be both black and Latino. Gosh some of these non-PoC need to be educated. Igbo

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  23. unbelievable

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  24. When I first found out Laura was Sean's sister, I knew Sean would now be white as Laura isn't black smh

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    1. You don't get cause your ignorant just the the rest of these people on here.

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