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Reaction to the "OMG, a black chick is playing Ariel!" uproar 
6th-Jul-2019 09:22 pm
*** This was posted on Facebook, and not directed at anyone on LJ. Possibly at a few RL friends and family...***

This whole black Ariel thing is really showing me a side of people I didn't expect. Did people throw this kind of shit fit about The Wiz, or the later remake? A Wrinkle in Time, even?

Consider this context. A lot of movies and animated movies were made by white people, for white people. Hence, most characters were white. Also, remember how Native Americans, Indians(people from India), Asians, and other characters were always played by white folks? I didn't hear y'all bitching then.

This gem of a comment was made on an Halle-Bailey-cast-as-Ariel story by a white, apparently cluelessly racist woman with a white daughter named Ariel. I should've saved it, but this was the deal: she has a daughter named Ariel and this personally offensive to her, for a black chick to play an ANIMATED character her daughter was named after. It's fine if they want to cast a black chick as Tiana, which she claims is her second favorite Disney Princess(yeah, right), and it's not like she'd name her daughter after a black princess anyway, right? We won't even get into the unbelievably stupid racists who thought HALLE BERRY was playing Ariel.

Y'all sound just like people who bitch about MLK day... "You people have one black princess, why can't y'all be happy with that?" Did you know there are still people out there who swear Jesus was white?

And consider this also: for years, on the stage, people of different ethnicities have played traditionally "white" roles, and no one bitched. Is this because very few poor white racists watch plays? You decide.

Incidentally did anyone see the study that says the US will be minority white by 2045? I'm sure this scares some of our older racists, but most of them will be dead by then anyway. If their children and grandchildren can escape their racist upbringing, maybe this country really could be great. Why are y'all upset anyway? Do they treat minorities badly here or something?

This might've been brewing before the Ariel thing.
7th-Jul-2019 04:23 am (UTC) - Ariel controversy
That study has been saying that "minority white" thing for years; what they don't know is they're already minority and have been because of the influx of so many people from Central and South America as well as other countries. I saw it on FB because my niece posted it. I find it hysterical; someone posted a picture of BBQ Becky calling on a Black couple, both mermaids. THAT was funny. This is the same hypocrisy over the Karl May books in Germany and other parts of Europe doing their Fasindian act using a lot of Indigenous (which I prefer to be called) regalia and other accoutrements. No one listens to our complaints about the fake ass "indians"; they want to be us but don't want to live our present day lives with things like MMIW, children being taken against ICWA, etc. While this whole uproar is disturbing, I know the Black community is pretty much rolling with it as always and as my son says, "they'll get over it". One funny Twitter poster justified Ariel being white by saying "she lives so deep in the ocean, she can't form melanin". We just shake heads and keep on moving. They'll get over it; everybody else does.
10th-Jul-2019 06:21 pm (UTC)
Well said! AKA, Preach it, Sister!
10th-Jul-2019 11:17 pm (UTC)
I got a little ranty there, but honestly, complaining about who's playing an animated character when the country is literally going to shit, we've got kids in cages and shootings all the time, but they never complain about any of that.
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