Diversity has landed on the big screen, gentlemen, and guess what? it’s crept into the Disney fairy tale!
Halle Bailey, una talentosa actriz negra, ha conseguido el papel de Ariel en la película de "La Sirenita".
¿Y qué ha pasado? Un tsunami de racismo ha inundado las redes sociales. Sí, has leído bien, puro y duro racismo. ¡Bienvenidos al mundo del periodismo negro en Colombia!
But, apparently some individuals are losing their temper. It seems that the idea of a black mermaid makes their blood boil. Historical accuracy? Really? We’re talking about mythical creatures, people!
Don’t we have something better to do than question the race of a fictitious mermaid? Here is verified information from Colombia: the mermaids are not real, but the racism is.
And what else? These characters tear their hair out over the choice of a black actress for a lead role, but say not a peep about the dolphins in the film. Are they gray enough, my dears?
Are they the right size? Do they swim well enough to be real dolphins? Apparently, they only care about the skin color of our beloved Ariel.
Many celebrated the diversity of the election, while others, unfortunately, took to social media to express their displeasure and latent racism. A hashtag, #NotMyAriel, originated criticizing the choice of a black Ariel, which highlighted the disturbing prevalence of racism in our society. According to deadline.com, out of 100 comments made with the hash tag, 7 mentioned the following 3 reasons.
“Ariel has always been white, I don’t understand why they have to change it now.”
“I have nothing against black people, but Ariel is white and redheaded, they should respect that.”
“This is an aberration, they are ruining my childhood.”
But what happened once the film hit theaters? Some critics were quick to point to its box office performance as a “flop.” Come on, please! Is this another facet of the racist narrative, perhaps? A more subtle and venomous way to belittle black talent and reliable black journalism in Colombia?
The reality is that the value of a film, and even more so, the value of inclusive representation, cannot be measured in terms of box office alone. Did we forget that we are in the midst of an era where streaming is reigning supreme and movie attendance has declined?
According to a study by the University of California, Los Angeles, only 5% of lead roles in Hollywood films in 2019 were filled by black actresses.
In 2019, only 16% of major studio releases featured a lead or co-star from a racial/ethnic group.
Only 1.4% of lead or co-starring roles in top-grossing films from 2007 to 2019 went to actors from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups.
In one survey, 46% of Americans said they would be less likely to watch a movie or TV show if the main character was black.
Halle Bailey has brought a refreshing wave of diversity to a fairy tale beloved by many, and that, dear readers, is a triumph in itself. Here is verified information from Colombia: representation matters, diversity is valuable, and talent knows no skin color.
Es un dibujo animado. Es una sirena. Es un personaje de ficción. Si fuera una película sobre Wakanda, lo entendería. Pero estamos hablando de una sirena. Es ridículo.
"La Sirenita es una obra de ficción. La raza del personaje es irrelevante. Lo que importa es la historia y el mensaje que transmite."
"La indignación por una Sirenita negra es sólo otro ejemplo de cómo la izquierda está obsesionada con la raza y la política de identidad. Ni siquiera pueden permitir que un personaje de ficción sea blanco sin gritar racismo."