The Dark & Light of Black Women in Mortal Kombat (Updated)
...Much like Sonya Blade, Chun Li, and perhaps even Ms. Pacman, Jade has become a renown female character from video gaming. Her beauty accounts for this.
~ from the Mortal Kombat Wiki
I'm not surprised by this. After all, the more popular Halle Berry, Blu Cantrell, or Beyonce Knowles got, the lighter their skin got as well. However, I'm no less irritated. The way I see it, Jade wasn't meant to become so popular. Not a lot of effort went into her creation, but she became a fan favorite nonetheless, more than any other female character in all of MK, and there are quite a few. So once again, the black female threat had to be neutralized.
I'm a little surprised more fans haven't spoken up so far, but I've decided to wait and see. Something tells me not to hold my breath.
I've also noticed that our dear friends at Warner Bros. aren't advertising her character the way they are others. There's plenty of visual goodies on YouTube for almost everyone but Jade - trailers, bios, you name it. Not only are they downplaying her color, but they're downplaying her overall existence. She's not just "some character" in MK; she's one of the most popular and regarded as the most beautiful. So where are her specials? Clearly, focusing on Jade was never a problem before; she actually won "Sexiest Finish", in addition to having her "Girls Gone Wired" vid (see above).