Bloomsbury is changing the controversial cover of the YA novel Liar, which featured a white girl despite the fact that the narrator of the book “is black with nappy hair which she wears natural and short.”
It’s gone from this:
Which is good, right? Right. But instead of admitting why they put a white girl on the cover in the first place, Bloomsbury said the following: “We regret that our original creative direction for Liar — which was intended to symbolically reflect the narrator’s complex psychological makeup — has been interpreted by some as a calculated decision to mask the character’s ethnicity.” That response does make a bit of sense. What does “complex psychological makeup” mean? That white girls are more fucked up, and a picture of a black girl just wouldn’t reflect how fucked up this particular black girl is? That a black girl who’s portrayed (or would portray herself?) as a white girl is fucked up? What does that mean??? Nothing, I think.
I understand you can’t say, “Hey, black books don’t sell,” but still. Come up with something better.