Ok so I recently came across this. An actress named Halle Baile has been cast as the Little Mermaid for Disney's new movie. Apparently if you complain about this you are a racist.
Amongst the many arguments I have heard about why it is racist to complain is1
1) It is a fictional character
2) It is a fictional creature (ie a mermaid, not a 'human' character)
3) It is a good show of diversity because almost all Disney "princesses" are white
1) There are many fictional characters who are drawn a certain race, and whenever this ORIGINAL source material is non-white...ppl complain about whitewashing eg, White-washing of Biblical figures, White-washing Egyptians and more Recently in Avatar the last Airbender
When this movie came out, the internet lit up by Asians who complained that Asian actors were not used despite the fact that the entire story takes place on a fictional planet
2) Some others argue that comparing Racebending of The Little Mermaid to Mulan, Alladin or Tiana (all of which are ethnic characters in the source material) ....is null and void because the mermaid is a 'mythical creature'
and can therefore be any race.
Well...Goku is an alien...but I remember people complaining the he was cast by a white actor. Also I remember ppl constantly complaining that Egyptian Gods are always portrayed by white actors.
3) Because all the princesses are white, it is Ok to randomly make one of them black.
No it is not. That is Tokenism. The Little Mermaid is European tale. They are essential taking a European tale, white culture abound, and slapping a black face onto it and telling us "see diversity we care about you"
It is LAZY. Taking established white characters and making them black for diversity....instead of actually creating a new
black character, with black culture