I couldn’t resist the opportunity to weigh in on the 2022 release of the Little Mermaid trailer and the infamous #NotMyAriel that is being used on social media following the 1.5 million dislikes the film’s trailer received in its first 48 hours online. The backlash is unbelievable to me.
As I pointed out in a blog piece on the subject, this is the year when everywhere from Marks and Spencer’s to LinkedIn has encouraged people to openly declare their gender preferences because apparently, we’re now an aware and well informed in a political or cultural sense, especially regarding issues surrounding marginalised communities.
But a black Disney character is offensive?
The release of the trailer should have focused on a positive change for the global community in terms of representation but instead it became a sad reminder of how far we still must go before we see real change.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m all for change when it comes to politics. However, for the first time, I’m torn on this one and I’m hoping our readers will let me know your personal views.
MP Rupa Huq says she has apologised to Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng for describing him as “superficially” black. Speaking at a Labour Party conference fringe event, Ms Huq also said: “If you hear him on the Today programme, you wouldn’t know he’s black.” Leader Sir Keir Starmer called the remarks “racist” and said he had taken “swift action” before Rupa was suspended from sitting as a Labour MP, pending an investigation.
The harsh truth is that sometimes people are ‘superficially’ something. Not all women are feminists, not all religious people practice their religion and not all people of colour consider themselves as politically black.
Is it racist for another person of colour to point this out? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below or on social media using the hashtag #Racistornot? I’ll be intrigued to know your views on this one.