According to reports, the "Little Mermaid" prince selection may be played by Harry Styles. Many people worry that once again, is this the old story of a white prince falling in love with an alien girl? Will Holly Bailey's role be weakened as a result? And if, as an African-American woman, she must lose her voice and wear out her body before she can integrate into white society, what effect will such a story have?
Once again, when the "white" prince fell in love with the "alien" girl,
A while ago, Disney's "The Little Mermaid" featured a live version of "The Little Mermaid" and will be starring African-American actress Halle Bailey.
According to Variety, it has been revealed that Prince Eric may be played by Harry Styles, the former lead singer of One Generation. And the Little Mermaid's father, King Chuanton, may be handed over to the Spanish actor Javier Bardem, the villain of "007: The Skyfall Crisis." As a result, many people began to worry, will this be another "white" prince fell in love with the "alien" girl's old story? Will Holly Bailey's African-American role be diminished as a result? (Extended Reading:"Gender Watch" From the African-American Mermaid: Will Political Correctness Destroy Hollywood? ) )
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Controversy 1: Racial contrast, if white people are human, African-Americans are mermaids?
According to the 1989 version of The Little Mermaid, Mermaid Princess Ariel saves human prince Eric in an accident and loves him at first sight. It was the first time she had seen "humans" on the ground and the idea of living on land and winning the prince's love.
When a human prince is a white male, and African-American women play the mermaid that "looks up to human culture," many scenes become a little "wrong."
One of the scenes of the animation, is That Is, When Ariel listens to the seagull Skato, mistakenly thinks that the fork is a tool for combing her hair, she combs her hair in public at a dinner after landing, making herself a big joke about "not understanding human etiquette". (Even because of her ignorance and naivety, it's more of a pity.) )
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Many gender jokes are often based on women who don't understand common sense, science, and logic. In particular, when this woman is not understanding the local culture of the "other." As a 2019 film, it's likely to cause controversy if african-American women comb their hair with a fork because they don't understand white table manners.
No sense of humor in the swashes? Why feminists can't accept "it's just a joke", the author has analyzed the "disparagement" concept behind humor psychology. In many cases, it is particularly easy to make people laugh if they denigrate minorities and women. Because it highlights the ignorance of "others", it is possible to show the normality of "our group".
"In many jokes, the laughs are often associated with derogatory remarks. It's the reason why the characters that often appear in jokes are slow and stupid, and we can get a laugh from the weaknesses of others. 」
When white people are human, African-Americans are mermaids, from which the cultural differences, class issues, also need to be more carefully dealt with, rewritten. (Extended reading: Is Disney's fairy tale actually a love anti-textbook?) ) )
Controversy 2: The contrast of voices, if African-American women must lose their voice and wear out their bodies in order to integrate into society
Second, in order to live on land, the little mermaid exchanges with Ursula, the witch. Ursula said that Ariel's voice was the only beauty of the sea floor, so she was asked to exchange her voice for her legs.
From then on, she couldn't speak. And she had to get the Prince's "kiss of true love" in three days to "become human." If she doesn't get a kiss before sunset on the third day, it becomes Ursula's forever collection.
So in the story, even if Ariel has a lot of words to say, in order to integrate into human society, can only keep the silence.
We have heard too much about the examples of a few women who have to actively silence or be passively silenced in order to strive for upstream and better integration into society. In particular, the main character is an African-American woman.
American writer Tori Morrison has wrested a picture of how an African-American girl hates her body from an early age in her novel The Bluest Eyes. In the novel, the African-American girl, Kekora Siulan Dengbo, is an idol, drinking milk every day, hoping that one day "one day she can become as white as her", with snow-white skin, and the bluest eyes.
The world agrees that a blue-eyed, pink-haired doll is every little girl's favorite. "This, " they said, "is beautiful, if you're good enough today, it's yours." I touched its cheeks and called it a fine willow brow; Caress its rising nose, pokes its glassy blue eyes, twists its yellow hair. I just can't like it. But you can always look at it in detail, and wonder why the whole world says it's cute.
After landing, we must find a way to integrate into human society, pleasing Ariel, her experience, is likely to coincide with the survival experience of an African-American woman. As an African-American woman, her innate body and voice are likely to be erased before they can be recognized and loved by the mainstream world.
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Worried too early? It's one thing to choose a corner, it's another thing to tell a story.
Back to the story itself, past popular texts in which "alien" girls and white men's love stories are often glorified as redemptions by whites. Therefore, such an election, let many people worry, will not go back to the stereotype of the past.
Others, however, argue that character design spending like Disney may be designed to address the complex issues of race and gender. When Ariel realizes what's going on, she recognizes her energy and reclaims her original voice, which is the biggest point of view in the film.
We should not worry too much until further drama comes out. As an audience that loves Disney animation, we look forward to seeing different cross-ethnic interactions. If one day, the prince and princess do not have to be white and white love, the villain does not have to be a huge body of African-American, funny characters are not always by Asian (or english poor people), we can also see more fairy tale imagination. (Extended reading: Is it strange for African-Americans to play the Little Mermaid?) Let's give Disney fairy tales fairness to every child)