Relax people! Not everything is politically correct.
On November 7, I stumbled on this article in the Tribune: “Why are fairy tales so white?” By Amina Lugman.
“Besides “Frozen”, there’s “Brave”, “How to Train Your Dragon”, “The Lord of the Rings”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” — the list goes on. Why couldn’t the main characters in these films have been a panoply of diversity? The beauty and ease of diversity in fantasy is that it requires no explanation. It’s fantasy, after all. Just as you don’t have to provide a metaphysical explanation for the existence of a talking snowman, neither would you need to explain why one sister in “Frozen” was Latina, the other white and their dead mother Asian…a fantasy world just is. The strength of the story is all that matters.
Well, Amina Lugman, if it really does not matter for kids who is black and who is white, why does that matter in your case?
“As a black parent, it saddens me that my son is faced with these tired racial confines. I also worry about his willingness to so readily accept the injustice of white cultural privilege. As an adult, I know things can be different. I know that somewhere there’s another adult sitting in a boardroom right now, deciding that the next big fantasy heroes, the next “Frozen” sisters will be white, as if it’s some set rule of the universe.” http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-frozen-harry-potter-fairy-tale-perspec-1110-jm-20141107-story.html
“Just The Facts”
- Disney would now have to make classic fairy tales politically correct and informative to children of the 21st century.
- Snow ‘White’ would have a hell of a time shacking up with the seven vertically-challenged men. Maybe Snow White could be played by Miley Cyrus, her pops are open-minded.
- Snow White would be liable to charge the prince with sexual assault for waking her from her beauty sleep, in a glass box at that, by kissing her.”
So I think that the “Frozen” characters should be changed according to politically correct standards.
The King is a gay and the Queen is a lesbian. They adopted two daughters. Anna is a black transgender and Elsa is an Asian paraplegic.
Kristoff is an environmentalist, deaf mute and communicates with his reindeer, Sven, using sign language.
Sven grew up in an abusive family and is on an endangered species list.
Hans, instead of the “Prince”, should be a community organizer that fights local oil drilling.
And snowman, Olaf, is a white straight guy whose nose is an organic, locally-grown carrot.
According to Mrs. Lugman the racial representation in fairy tales should reflect the actual population in the country where it is written.
So the brothers Grimm tales are not acceptable anymore considering today’s racial diversity in Germany; and in the US because American kids are reading these tales. Where are African Germans? Asian Germans? How about sexual orientation?
Have you read about any Muslims characters in these fairy tales?
Oh..my apologies! In the “Arabian nights” they are all Arabs! Even the genie is an Arab! My wild guess is because the tales were written by Arabs in an Arab country.
I would like to ask the author of the Tribune article to do research to determine if all fairy tales are reflecting all diversity in the world. And please don’t forget Native Americans and gender neutral people.
And on more suggestion to Mrs. Lugman: Why don’t you write politically-correct fairy tales? Lead by example so to speak? You are a writer, Mrs. Lugman. Why don’t you write a story with all the diversity you can imagine? After all it will be a fairy tale. Kids wouldn’t be asking questions like why are there two mommies? And where is daddy? And of course the children would take it as a given that in your story these mommies have black and Asian and maybe even white kids.
While I was writing this, a disturbing thought crossed my mind. I am Jewish. I remembered all these fairy tales like “Frozen” and “How to Train Your Dragon” and I do not recall seeing any Jewish heroes. Not even a reindeer! No one wearing a kippah!
Would kids be questioning if Kristoff or even Olaf wears a yarmulke? After all it is not any stranger than a black or Asian Norwegian princess.
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