Disney, little mermaids, and fish that don’t know racism

#1 The Little Mermaid is Danish

The Little Mermaid, or in the original Danish, Den lille Havfrue, is a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen and published in 1837 in Copenhagen. Andersen was Danish, he was born in Odensen, and he died in Copenhagen.

#2 It’s as if they made a white Pocahontas or a white Mulan

So this point shouldn’t even exist, but I’ve seen so many comments and memes about it, that I’m just gonna go ahead and state the obvious:

Fun fact: in 1616, Smith wrote a letter to Queen Anne of Denmark to tell her about Pocahontas!
Mulan, from Gathering Gems of Beauty (畫麗珠萃秀), located in Taipei

#3 This is forced Diversity and was only done to pander to the “Social Justice Warriors”

We’ll get to this forced diversity issue in a second. But first, let’s talk about fairy tales.

#4 Ariel has always been white, and we’re used to her being white

Art is a result of the culture and society in which is created. This much is clear.



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Paola Navarro Villa

Paola Navarro Villa

Protestant, PolSci MA student, reader, writer and coffee drinker