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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Wow… I find this thread of responses to be compleatly dissappointing and horribly offensive. I’ll start off by saying that everybody who responded to the original post seems to have missed the point here. The issue at hand isn’t about “throwing diversity in for the sake of it,” but rather, the problem that Disney seems to have with ONLY creating stories and characters that are based on white centric narratives in general. Yes, Frozen (along with a majority of other Disney films) takes place in a country that is mostly populated by white people. But how come Disney rarely chooses to create films and build stories that represent cultures, countries, and characters that AREN’T white? That’s the issue the original poster was trying to get at. And sure, you can go on and on about how Disney has Mulan, Pocahontas, Jasmine, or Tiana, but those characters only represent a small fraction, and rare instances when Disney decided to base a story off of a non-white character. And you wanna know something else? Most of those characters I mentioned weren’t even introduced into Disney’s films until the late 90’s/2000’s. For 50 years prior to that, Disney NEVER had a film that featured a non-white princess. And even now, in 2013, when our society is supposadly so much more progressive, theres still a HUGE lack of diversity in the films that are coming out of Disney (but this is also a problem with Hollywood in general).
However, that only covers one portion of this messy ass thread. The thing I find most troubbling here is the responder who wen’t through each Disney princess and tried to argue that white-washing wasn’t a real thing because “*insert non-white disney princess here* was painted brown.” This person seems to be a complete fucking mornon, and that became most apparent when they said Tiana’s character accuratly represented the African-American community in the 1920’s because (and I quote) “She lived in the slums/the ghetto with all the other colored folk." Are you fucking kidding me!? Not only is the using the term "colored," an extreamly poor use of words, but implying that a story’s accuracy is based off of the your idea that African-American people live in the ghetto/slums is an awful stereotype. I was also bothered by this persons passive attitued towards the fact that Disney never featured non-white characters in their films until the 90’s/2000’s. Their excuse for this was (and I quote again) “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.” I don’t know if Walt Disney was racist or not, but I find the nature of this statment to be really problematic because it seems to excuse people’s racist attitudes and behaviors back then simply because thats “how things were.” In a way, this person is validating racisim because back then it was “normal” to be that way, and thats a shitty outlook to have because if you’re willing to forgive Disney for not having non-white characters in its films for 50 years, you’ll never be able to understand why it sucks that Disney’s lack of diversity is still a big problem. And lastly, this persons defintion of the term white-washing, is compleatly off base. They argue that these characters aren’t being white-washed, simply because (and i’m quotting yet again) “white washing would be if they made the beautiful ethnic ladies here just white.” Hate to break it to you sweetie, but white-washing goes beyond simply just painting a character white. White-washing can mean a lot of different things, such as giving a character white-looking features, to flat out misrepresenting their culture or ethnic backgrounds by making them more white-friendly to audiences. Take for example the story of Pocahontas. Based on the Disney film, we all know it as the highly romanticized love story between captin John Smith and Pochahontas. The real story of Pocahontas however, is a much different account of events. When english settlers first came to America, they raped and pillaged the people of her tribe. Pochahontas was kidnapped and forced to convert to christianity, and then used as an example of how english settlers could “civilize” native-americans. This is a prime example of how a story was taken and completely white-washed to appeal to a white audience.
Ugh, this whole thread just makes me shake my damn head. I need to log off.
"This is a prime example of how a story was taken and completely white-washed to appeal to a white audience."
It’s made to appeal to an under aged audience. You know, for kids, black or white. Kids wouldn’t want to see anyone raping and torturing native americans/anyone. Just needed to point that out.
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It’s a second pup this year for otter Tilly at the Oregon Zoo! The zoo writes:
‘We’re pretty sure this pup’s a male,’ said Julie Christie, the zoo’s senior North America keeper. ‘But Tilly is very protective, so we can’t be positive until our vets conduct a more thorough exam.’
Tilly and her pup are currently in a private maternity den, and it will be another month or two before visitors can see them in their Cascade Stream and Pond habitat. […]
‘Young river otters are very dependent on their moms, and Tilly has been very nurturing,’ said [Christie]. ‘She did a great job with her first pup, Mo, earlier this year. She raised him up from this tiny, helpless creature into the sleek, agile, full-grown otter he is today. We’re confident Tilly will be a great mom to her new pup as well.’
Check out the zoo’s full article on this growing otter family here.
Submitted by Leonard!