Over the last week, people have been getting very upset about their fairy tales.
I first noticed when it was reported that Malissa MacArthur was to be cast as Ursula in the Little Mermaid live-action remark. I was shocked to see how upset people were on Twitter that they did not cast a black person. In the animated movie, Ursula was a purple octopus woman and was inspired by a popular white drag queen named Divine. The real injustice is Ursula should have been played by a drag queen, but we all know Disney is not about to let that rock.
Honestly, if you think Ursula should be black because she was a loud plus size villainous woman; you need to check yourself as to why you associate that with black women.
The next outrage came when Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel. Apparently (according to racist white people), Ariel MUST be white because mermaids can't be black. These people should also remember THIS IS A FAIRY TALE and MERMAIDS ARE NOT REAL. This is a fictional story, and mermaids can be any color they want. Ursula was purple, and Triton was more orange than Trump. The racists have started a petition (which won’t do any good) to keep their favorite princess white. Also, one of Ariel’s sisters in the animated movies as indeed black.
I believe those people who are holding the idea of Ariel being a redhead can still have that. No one is taking the animated movie away from you. If you were a red-headed child and was mesmerized that a Disney princess was a magical mermaid with red hair like you; what does it hurt for you share that with a little black girl?
The last outrage that I have seen this week is over the new live-action Mulan movie trailer.
Honestly, I saw the trailer for the movie and thought it looked nice and was excited to see it. I was interested to see how the Asian community felt about the trailer. This is their culture, and legendary real-life story (unlike the whites and the little mermaid) and I wanted to make sure it did not offend them.
The trailer receives positive reviews from the Asian community that it would not include Mushu and Shang and possibly many of the musical numbers to focus on the original story of Hua Mulan, who takes her father’s place in the army disguised as a man.
People were upset about the removal of the characters and music from the live-action film because they feel this would mean that many of their favorite scenes from the animated movie won't be in the live-action remake and the story would be completely different.
This could be a GREAT thing. Disney has re-imaged many of the original fairy tales to create the animated ones you love so much. They clearly know what they are doing. If they want to keep the story of Hua Mulan authentic and create a dope ass feminist movie, then I am all for it.
I am excited to see the live-action remakes of the Disney animated classics. I have enjoyed all the previous ones I’ve seen. If the race of the characters is important to the story line or culture of the story, then we can petition and boycott if they mess it up. If not, get on Amazon and order the animated movie you love. No one is saying you can’t continue to love the original but let people of color enjoy these remakes. We deserve.
With the announcement of new live-action remake of Disney animated classics, many people were in their feeling about casting and re-imagining of the films. I share what that happened this week and my opinions this week. Enjoy.
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