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I honestly do not understand this fake selective outrage.
The live action Cinderella remake in 1997 had a VERY diverse cast...and yes, social media was not what is was today in 2019 but if there had been any controversy, it still would have been widely discussed by some article or other news outlets. Blogs. Whatever.
People love to say Disney is just going PC for the new generation when in actuality, they’ve probably been sitting on this idea way before PC culture started becoming mainstream.
The live action remake starred Brandi, Whoopi, Whitney Houston, and other people. The lead role actress (Brandi) was still fresh into her career at the time just like Halle Baley (the young lady playing the lead in live action little mermaid).
So this selective outrage is just mind boggling to me...over a damn fictional mermaid for crying out loud. Just to be clear, no I’m not calling you racist for not wanting a black Ariel. But I am saying you’re retarded. One is evil, the other one is just stupid. You are the latter.
And people want to talk about “oh what if Tiana was made white”.
Is this what we’re resorting to now? YES blacks would be mad...because unlike the little mermaid...TIANA WAS BASED ON A REAL PERSON. ( and lets not even go there with how Tiana is the only example you have to throw in black peoples faces 😂) The real person was a working class black woman trying to own her own restaurant and when she got all the money she was shut down because she was black. Making her white would make zero sense. And although the racism wasn’t explicit in the animation, it was still pretty damn obvious as to why “Tiana” has to fight so hard to get to where she wanted to be.
Same exact thing applies to other Disney Princesses of color. Their race and culture actually had significance in their story.
In the little mermaid original story, the mermaid was fucking blue. Or green-ish. Whatever the hell. So why the fuck does it matter what the new Ariel’s skin tone looks like?!
And oh yes! You have the fuckers who are shouting JUST MAKE A URSULA BLACK!
Why is that? Don’t you care about accuracy since you want the mermaid girl to be white?
Well guess what? Ursula’s design was based on a white, male drag queen. Yes. I know that’s hard for your tiny minds to wrap around but that is the truth. It’s clear that a lot of people are much more comfortable with a black person being the villain or the ugly side show. But god fucking forbid, in this day and age, a little black girl with locs gets an iconic lead. God fucking forbid.
Where was all this energy when white people were replacing Egyptian characters and fucking The last air bender characters? When black people complain about injustice, it’s “OH! You people are dramatic.” Or “OH! It’s just a movie get over it.”
So clearly when the shoe is on the other foot, it ain’t too comfortable huh?
But anyway, there is one point I do agree with. And that’s the fact that Disney should have just made another story entirely with a POC cast.
However, creativity has ran a bit dry as we can all see. So I guess we just get what we get. But this fake ass #NOTMYARIEL bullshit ain’t it sweetheart.