This can be said for MANY white characters and even historical figures.
The man making the music for the live-action Little Mermaid (Lin Manuel Miranda) has produced and stared in the Broadway show 'Hamilton' and black-washed nearly every single HISTORICAL white character - REAL PEOPLE; Including the Founding Fathers. Basically he's a pioneer in race-bending white characters.
Hollywood also seems to have this thing against 'Gingers' where they have been targeting them in a LOT of white skin, redhead character roles and replacing them with black people:
1.) Annie from 'Little Orphan Annie' - Historically white - Played by Quvenzhané Wallis (black) in the 'Annie' 2014 remake.
2.) Starfire from 'Teen Titans' - Has noticeably European features and hair - Played by Anna Diop (black) in the 2018 'TITANS' live-action series.
3.) Mary Jane from 'Spider Man' - Historically white - Played by Zendaya Maree (half white/black) in the 2017 movie 'Spider Man Homecoming.'
4.) Heimdall from 'Thor' - Historically and culturally white - Played by Edgis Alba (black) in the 2011 movie 'Thor.'
5.) Electro from 'Spider Man' - Historically white - Played by Jamie Fox (black) in the 2014 'Amazing Spider Man 2'.
6.) Kid Flash from 'Legends of Tomorrow' - Historically white - Played by Keinan Lonsdale (black) in 2016 'Legends of Tomorrow' series.
7.) Ariel from 'The Little Mermaid' - Historically and culturally white - Played by Halie Balie in the upcoming 2020 remake 'The Little Mermaid'
Redheads are only 1-2% of the worlds population, and yet no one says anything when they're underrepresented and completely removed from media; Probably because they're white, and because the media knows redheads are already one of the persecuted groups of people; Often called devils, witches, demons, ect. and are an easy target for bullying and removal.
Not to mention other white characters have been removed, killed off, retired, replaced, ect by minorities:
1.) Iron Man - Replaced by Riri Williams AKA 'Ironheart' in the comics (black).
2.) Robert Neville - Played by Will Smith in 'I Am Legend' (black).
3.) Nick Fury - Played by Samuel L. Jackson in 'The Advengers' franchise (black)
4.) Red - Played Morgan Freeman in 'The Shawshank Redemption" (black)
5.) Tiffany and Brittany Wilson - Played by Kevin and Marcus Copeland in 'White Chicks' (black men playing white women).
Gender/Sexual Orientation changed among white characters:
1.) Le Fou from 'Beauty and the Beast' was made gay in the live-action adaptation in 2017.
2.) Oceans 8 from 2018 with an all female cast that parodied the seriousness of the, almost fullymale cast, of the original series.
3.) Ghostbusters remake from 2018 where a female cast replaced the original 4 male cast.
Movies made to push a political agenda aimed for the approval of minorities:
1.) Black Panther from 2018 - Aimed towards Black people.
2.) La Llorona from 2019 - Aimed towards Latinos/Hispanics
-And that's not even scratching the surface.
Funnily enough whenever I tried to Google any terms related to the black-washing of white characters I almost always got the reverse; Almost like Google is systematically trying to portray white people as the only race that white-washes characters.
Also, non of this has to do with 'racist white people hating minorities' - like the media would have you believe; It's PEOPLE (all races included) HATING the fact they're changing the race, sexual orientation, and gender, of already established characters, changing the intended look/style of an artists creation, and pushing forth a political agenda that the media KNOWS will make the divide between people even bigger.
The racial fact, pertaining to white people (because that's what this entry is about) is the fact that white people can have their race, sexual orientation, and gender changed in ANY form of media and no one will bat an eye; But it would be called racist, bigoted, and phobic if the opposite were done today.
It does NOT matter if these white characters are fake, spoofs, fictional, ect. What matters is the historical, cultural, and intended context of these characters; Even more so if they're based on REAL people.
I feel like this goes back into the 'dark days' of early media where it was considered 'ok' and 'funny' for white people to play minorities and disrespect their culture - but they couldn't do the same to us; Where today it's the opposite; It's 'ok' for minorities to play white characters and disrespect our culture while we can't do the same to them.
Now, having said all this, I will say that not every single one of these movies are bad; A lot of them are actually pretty good and funny despite the racial changes to white characters when the character is played properly with respect to the characters culture and intent (like Heimdall and Red), and NOT with politically dividing intent (like with Black Panther and the live-action Little Mermaid). Personally, I would prefer NO race, gender, sexual orientation changes for any characters, but I'll accept good intended race/other changes; Because some actors are really good for the role and there's a right way and a wrong way to do things.
About the original topic of this post: The Little Mermaid:
It's an undeniable fact that mermaids, as we universally know them today, originated from European folklore; One lower tail, human top half, beautiful maiden, excellent singing voice, and either helped, or hunted sailors to their deaths.
The author is a Danish man named Hans Christian Andersen. The original title of the book was 'Den Lille Havfrue.'
While on land, the setting in the book and movie is Arendelle, Corona; In real life, the correlating country is Norway, Germany. Ariel is born and raised off the coast of Denmark, Germany. Ariel is German. Her overall nationality is 'Atlantican'. The setting the story was written in was in the 1830s, with book being published in 1836.
While she ends up living in Erendelle in the animated movie, it's also shows how she married into a (possible) line of royalty as Erendelle is also the home to Anna and Elsa from Frozen. The name "Arendelle" is based on the Norwegian town of Arendal, located southwest of the Norwegian capital, Oslo. In Norwegian, "Aren" means "eagle", and "delle" is most likely derived from "dal" which means "valley."
The book also references her 'white skin' multiple times with lines like:
1.) "They were six beautiful children; But the youngest was the prettiest of them all; Her skin was as clear and delicate as a rose leaf, and her eyes as blue as the deepest sea, but like the others, she had no feet, and her body ended in a fish's tail."
2.) "Then the little mermaid raised her lovely white arms, stood on the tip of her toes, and glided over the floor, and danced as yet no one had been able to dance."
3.) "; she cast hers down and saw that her fish's tail was gone, and that she had the prettiest little white legs any maiden could desire, but she was quite naked, so she wrapped her long thick hair around her."
Not to mention that in the original art work of her she is featured with strong European facial features, especially in the profile view of her forehead, nose bridge, nose, chin, and lips.
All this historical context only further proves, that not only is Ariel and her entire family white, but so is her European decent, culture, and history.
So it's morally and historically wrong to change her race and even her hair texture to anything other than what is related to whites.
Other mermaid folklore/info:
The earliest known 'mermaid' was the goddess Atargatis of Syrian mythology, but she was much different from our standard mermaid of today; She was a water goddess who tried to kill herself after becoming pregnant, so she flung herself into the Europhrates river and transformed into a 'mermaid' creature with an entire fish body, with only a human head remaining. Other versions explained how she was saved by a fish after falling in the Eurphrates river; Or in another how she and her son Cupid (Eros) were fleeing the god Typhon and begged water nymphs for help at the Europhrates river, which refused, yet 2 fish bore them up - and as a reward they were turned into the Pisces constellation.
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