The reason why the room was pink was because on black and white film, hues of red become dark shades of black. Pink is the perfect balance to give it that dark creepy grey.
A related fun fact: while old black and white film was under-sensitive to reds, it was correspondingly over-sensitive to greens. Actors whose characters were meant to have unnaturally pale complexions - like Morticia Addams - would often take advantage of this by wearing makeup with a green base tint in order to make their faces “pop”. This is where the modern trope of cartoon vampires having green skin comes from.
These are some fun fucking facts
I keep hearing people on the teevee rant about “forced diversity” and “PC fascism” and it makes me wonder how these alternate-universe broadcasts are reaching me here in this world where John Constantine has to be straight and pharaohs are being played by squinty Australian white guys.
Barbie has plenty of pantsuits and party dresses, but her closet is still missing the one outfit she never knew she needed: A suit of armor. And even better, it’s not pink. Designer Jim Rodda launched a Kickstarter in April to fund a 3D-printed design of a medieval armor suit that’s specifically made for Barbie…[read more of the Time article.]
Superman and Jimmy Olsen Split Up! - art by Curt Swan and George Klein (1965)
[W]hile Captain America and Thor aren’t the only white, male flagship characters to be temporary replaced, they also aren’t the only ones who have changed gender or race. There’s a small but clearly growing tradition in comics of embracing diversity. Here are a few examples of heroes who, over the years, have made the fanciful universes of superheroes look a little more like the world we actually live in … [Read the rest of the Salon article]