The original Rolling Stone artwork (left) and the corrected artwork done by floofycalum on Tumblr (right) floofycalum from Tumblr 5 Seconds of Summer's bassist, Calum Hood is the only non-white member of the band and despite this being obvious- some fans choose to ignore his race and culture or make racial comments about him. White fans in the 5SOS fandom have said on multiple occasions that Caum, who is Māori, looks Asian. He's been called everything from "Rice Boy" to "Bruce Lee" to "Ching Chong Charlie". When 5SOS tour Asia, fans say that Calum might stay in China or Japan to find his real family. Fans even go as far as to whitewash him in fan art, fanfictions, etc. by lightening his skin, thinning out his lips, giving him a smaller and pointier nose, and describing his skin as "tanned" like he just stepped out of a fucking tanning salon. As stupid as this sounds, it's really a thing. Girls who have their heads so far up this dude's ass can actually be this racially insensitive.This sort problem isn't just coming from fans, it's coming from the media and many different magazine companies. Rolling Stone Magazine released artwork featuring the band but Calum had pale skin and a pointy nose. Some fans were outraged while others made the argument that Calum's fellow bandmates; Ashton Irwin, Michael Clifford, and Luke Hemmings didn't look like themselves either. However, they weren't depicted as anything other than who they are- white guys. On the cover of 5SOS' controversial and equally awkward-to-read Rolling Stone feature, Calum's skin was lightened. Once again, some fans threatened to burn Rolling Stone to the ground while others didn't seem to notice or care. Some fans took to the internet to talk about how Michael's body was toned from his actual "squishy" and endearing form. This takes us back to the fans: they were more enraged over Michael's edited body than Calum's edited race. It was pretty low to edit Michael's body into something that it isn't but Calum was whitewashed. Professional photos of the band (or HQ photos) are so often edited to make Calum's features appear white that it's just shameful.Whitewashing isn't the only issue that continually rears its ugly head. Calum is constantly demonized for doing the same things that his bandmates do. Groupies for example: in their most recent Rolling Stone interview, Luke talked about the many fans he's slept with and how the band can finally be taken seriously now that more guys like their music which lead fans to be quite pissed at him. However, Luke is "too cute" to stay mad at and fans quickly left his sexist comments in the past but continued to shame Calum for his rumored groupie trysts. Luke, Ashton, and Michael are constantly given the stereotypical "boys will be boys" pass while Calum is called a "fuckboy" and a bad infuence on his fans and bandmates for doing the same things that his bandmates do. If Calum and Michael do the same exact thing, Calum is considered a piece of shit but Michael is just a "young man making normal mistakes". Of course it doesn't add up but this is just a prime example of how white privilege is still alive and thriving.Despite this issue running rampant in the fandom, there is a large group of followers who acknowledge Calum's ethnicity and celebrate it. They've educated themselves on the Māori culture and many other racial problems and have become David Bowie level champions at continually putting racially insensitive fans and journalists in the hot seat. They've created social media accounts dedicated to celebrating Calum and his culture and call out racism. As a member of this group, I've gotten into many online altercations but it's something that has to be done. Socially aware fans are considered uptight for speaking out against racism in the fandom by the same fans who are constantly reminding fans to stop calling Ashton "daddy" to his face because it's sexual harassment or to quit calling Luke a breadstick because he doesn't like it. Calling Ashton "daddy" to his face is definitely sexual harassment but if these girls were equally as concerned with what makes Calum comfortable or uncomfortable, we wouldn't have this problem. Calum's just as important as his bandmates but sadly, many fans fail to see that."Who cares what race he is? Lets just worship the band." has been said over and over again by fans but at the end of the day, you can't truly love Calum or the band unless you acknowledge and respect his ethnicity.