What the fuck? Whitewashing? It’s a danish fairy tale! You can’t just throw in diversity for the sake of it. It has to make sense, thats like if people were like “Why are there only Chinese people in Mulan?” Because it takes place in fucking China before anyone immigrated there!
"typical light hair, fair skinned, blue eyes" The only other Disney princesses that fits that description all the way would be Cinderella and Aurora. The only other one close is Rapunzel. Disney does extremely well with making the animated princesses fit the time period and area they are from. Let me show you a thing.
Alright this is Snow White. The whole reason this is her name is because her skin was as white as the fucking snow. She had hair as black as a raven. And lips as red as a rose. Snow White was originally a GERMAN fairytale. Ya know what color they are in Germany? White….
Now this bitch right here is Cinderella. This movie was made in 1950. Ya know what was going on in 1950? Segregation. So I doubt that in 1950 they would make some black fairytale princess considering Walt Disney was white and all the employees at Disney were white, and I’m sorry but in the 1950’s all the white people were racists. Yes, Walt Disney was fucking racist. But that’s because of when he grew up and how things were. He was actually a pretty loving and kind man and I’m sure that he would’ve had an open mind to ending segregation if he had grew up different. FYI Cinderella is French. French people be white.
This chick right here. Her name is Aurora. Her movie was made in 1969. There were still racist little bastards then. But ya know what, she’s also freaking French. And in her original fairytale her hair was the color of sunshine gold, and lips that shamed the red red rose.
Now meet Ariel. She is often times many people’s favorite cause she’s fun and quirky and her hair looks like a fucking fire truck. Her fairytale is Danish. Danish people are white. The Danish fairytale though? It’s actually based off of stories sailors told of seeing this girl with bright red hair and the tail of a fish. Idk, but have you ever seen a naturally red headed black woman. Cause I haven’t….
Now Belle here is the frenchiest of the French. Her story is actually based in France. Not just a nice fairytale that was made in France. Again, French people are white. But you see light hair on her. No. She is brunette! And she has brown eyes. Nuff said.
Now this…. this is Jasmine. She is not white, she does not have light hair, and she does not have light eyes. She is brown. And beautifully so. And she’s not so sweet and fragile either. She is independent and don’t need no man.She is Arabic and she looks like it. I don’t see any white washing here. See this is where white washing would ACTUALLY come into play. If they made Princess Jasmine, based off of Princess Badroulbadour from an Arabic folk tale, and made her white. A white girl in Agrabah. Nope.
My personal favorite. Pocahontas. Again. No white washing. She is nice and brown, and has nice Indian features. Thing about her? She was a real lady. In fact her sequel actually told her story better than the first one.
Meet mulan. She’s Chinese. She saved China. Nuff said.
This lovely lady is Tiana. She made a lot of ground as being the first black Disney Princess. She was from New Orleans. She’s american. This movie was based in the 1920’s and they did her right because she was a waitress, working 3 jobs just to make a few dollars a day. She lived in the slums/the ghetto with all the other colored folk. They kept it right to the time period they were representing but they also made her fa-boo!
Now this chicky is my girl punzy. She is the first Disney Princess since 1991 that was white. I think 20 years time is a good amount of time to bring in another white Princess. Disney had wanted to do Rapunzel for a long time. She’s one of the classic fairytale princesses. Everyone know who this chick was, but there was no Disney movie about her. The reason why they didn’t she make her movie in the 90’s was because she was white. She was just another, golden haired, fair skinned, damsel in distress. I am soooo happy they waited on this one too. Cause after being in the works for so long they took this story about a chick with long hair being rescued by a Prince, and they made her this barefoot, rebellious, bad-ass, sweetheart, that was magical and already a Princess. In fact her “prince” wasn’t a prince. He was a thief. And the coolest thing, so that she wasn’t just a typical blonde princess, they cut off her hair and it turned brown. So now she’s this edgy but sweet brunette, short-haired, girl. Also, the original fairytale is German, so Disney stayed true to it’s roots and kept her in a German setting.
This is Princess Merida. She is Scottish. Technically white. But still not just some American accent, blonde, white girl. She made a big leap in the Princess world because unlike all the others who are all strong too, she didn’t even find love in the movie. Who knows, maybe they’ll make a sequel a few years later where she’s older and more grown up and she gets married. Fun fact, Brave is loosely based around Scottish folklore of King Fergus.
So yeah, white washing would be if they made the beautiful ethnic ladies here just white. Alot of fairytales come from mainly white countries. Disney is just trying to tell a good story. Maybe they should look more into some Arabic fairytales, maybe some African ones. But all they’re doing is staying true to stories and lands.
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This is a much more elegant and well argued version of what I’ve been poorly trying to say.
Do not hate individual stories or princesses because most of them are white. Hate the fact that Disney is not choosing to tell diverse stories more often.
Hans Christian Anderson published The Snow Queen in 1845. There were black people in Denmark in 1845.
For whatever it’s worth, there have been black in Europe for centuries. Alexander Dumas, the writer of The Three Musketeers was both a contemporary of Hans Christian Anderson and black. Dumas’s father, Thomas-Alexander Dumas was black and a general in the French Army.
The Snow Queen is a bout a little girl and a little boy who live in a densely populated city. Here’s how Anderson describes it:
In a large town, where there are so many houses, and so many people, that there is no roof left for everybody to have a little garden; and where, on this account, most persons are obliged to content themselves with flowers in pots; there lived two little children…
I feel that it’s important to point out that Disney could have made the plot of Frozen about little black girl who and her friend, a little black boy, who live in Chicago and it would have been more faithful to the plot of the book then the movie Disney ultimately made.
In fact, it would have been more faithful to the plot of The Snow Queen than the Princess and the Frog was.
Oh, and there were middle-class black people in the U.S. in the 1920s. Sure, poverty was the norm, but you praise Disney for it’s realism in The Princess and the Frog, but they literally added diversity for the sake of diversity in the movie. The original story is from Grimms Fairy Tales, just like Snow White.
And while I’m at it: Aladdin, in the original story, lived in China. So he should be Chinese, if you want to be true to the story. He’s every bit as Chinese as Juliet is Italian.
Look, you make a good point about the diversity of the Disney Princess. However, you follow it up with the flawed assumption that Europe is made of Nation States where every state has exactly one nationality in it. This is, generally speaking, not true. It really never has been. Either because the nations were broken up into several states, or because there is often more than one national group in any given geographic area.
Oh, and while he never says so, it’s a reasonable interpretation that Anderson set The Snow Queen in Denmark, at least as far as Gerda and Kai’s home is concerned. But Frozen is explicitly not set in Denmark. The main characters are princesses of Arendelle, a made-up kingdom. So the whole point about them being Danish is kind of misleading. They’re characters created by Americans vaguely based on the story of a famous Dane, but literarily speaking, Hamlet is more Danish than either Anna or Elsa.
You say that the it’s not white washing when film makers make fictional people white because the people who wrote the stories lived in places where everyone was white. This isn’t true. And part of the reason people think it’s true is because is because there is no racial diversity in the adaptations of the stories. And when you do have racial diversity, everyone accuses the adaptor of putting in racial diversity where there wasn’t originally.
Europe is filled with a multitude of ethnic groups. We forget that in the U.S. because, when they come here, they assimilate as “white”. Serbs, Croats, French, Irish, German, Danish, etc…. all white once they get to the New World. And, in all of that, there have been black people in there for centuries all through out Europe.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with criticizing Disney’s decision to make adaptations of fairy tales that leave out minorities. Disney isn’t setting out to make adaptations that are true to the source material, they’re setting out to take an idea in the plot and make it into a movie for consumption. They are a U.S. company making movies for U.S. audiences. (And, increasingly, the whole world) And the U.S. (and the world as a whole) is racially diverse.