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Adjacent to this, this past weekend me and a couple of girlfriends went to see Network on Broadway with Brian Cranston (and Tony Goldwyn & Tatiana Maslany!). It's a fantastic production and Cranston's Howard Beale is phenomenal. So if you haven't seen this, or more importantly, the original movie, it's straight-up eerie 1) how precognicienst the original screen play was, particularly of Fox Network, which didn't exist yet, and 2) how relevant it still is. And I know the stage producers are very well aware of that, because after the cast takes its bows, they air snippets of every President's swearing into office from Ford to the present day. The audience was silent as this happened, although when Obama was shown, there was loud cheering. And then Trump was shown, and the handful of cheers was drowned out by deafening boo's.
 
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This whole brouhaha has been such fertile ground for memes and for racist outrage.
I'm on vacation right now so I had no idea what this was referring to. But now that I know, 1) that second Ariel is adorable, and 2) yeah, it's a fairytale, and a non-region specific one, unlike Aladdin or Mulan, so this is a non-issue. It's not like the animated version stops existing. And I say this as a huge Little Mermaid fan, where the introduction of Ariel was the first time in my life I didn't feel like an outsider being a redhead. If this casting is going to do that for even 1 little girl out there, I am 100% on board.
 
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I'm on vacation right now so I had no idea what this was referring to. But now that I know, 1) that second Ariel is adorable, and 2) yeah, it's a fairytale, and a non-region specific one, unlike Aladdin or Mulan, so this is a non-issue. It's not like the animated version stops existing. And I say this as a huge Little Mermaid fan, where the introduction of Ariel was the first time in my life I didn't feel like an outsider being a redhead. If this casting is going to do that for even 1 little girl out there, I am 100% on board.
I don't care about the race thing (doesn't matter which image), but it's actually quite region-specific: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Mermaid

And the mermaid in Copenhagen harbor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Mermaid_(statue)

It's as "Nordic" as Frozen (which is also extremely loosely based on another HCS story: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Snow_Queen )


So you might think it's not based on something region-specific like Aladdin or Mulan, but it is.
 
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I don't care about the race thing (doesn't matter which image), but it's actually quite region-specific: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Mermaid

And the mermaid in Copenhagen harbor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Mermaid_(statue)

It's as "Nordic" as Frozen (which is also extremely loosely based on another HCS story: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Snow_Queen )


So you might think it's not based on something region-specific like Aladdin or Mulan, but it is.
TIL, people can't make up stories that take place anywhere else but where they're from... hence George Lucas is from another galaxy...

Also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mermaid#Mesopotamia,_Eastern_Mediterranean

Mermaids are Mediterranean... clearly the red hair has to go.
 
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When she said non-region specific, I think they were pointing out that "Mermaids" as a whole are not a specific cultural representative like Chinese or Arabs.

It would be like complaining elves or fairies have to be white, as their genesis came about in european folk lore, but they don't really, because they are not an actual living cultural class. You won't have a mermaid under the ocean watching Disney on their sea-shell TV who will be aghast that someone representing her culture / history is now black.

It's the same crap when everyone got pissed that Starfire, an alien, was played by a black woman in that new live action Teen Titans drama.
 
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When she said non-region specific, I think they were pointing out that "Mermaids" as a whole are not a specific cultural representative like Chinese or Arabs.
Well, as i said, once, they where... the danes just adopted it, like most of Europe, because Ancient Greeks...
 
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Well, as i said, once, they where... the danes just adopted it, like most of Europe, because Ancient Greeks...
I mean culturally yes, they originated somwhere. I am just saying mermaids don't exist. You can't wash over a mermaid by changing her actor to a different race because they don't exist as a race in the first place.
 
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Most fictional characters don't exist either.... most...

Fun Fact:

Aladdin and Ali Baba where super late additions to the Arabian Night, as in they where added by an european based on stories told by some middle eastern guy that likely made them up since some details match his own life experiences.

Also, Aladdin actually lived in China (the mage guy was from the Maghreb though).
 
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Most fictional characters don't exist either.... most...
Yes, but when you make a story around a specific cultural identity or history, ala Mulan, it's a bit weirder to say, put a scottish redhead in the lead role instead. I don't find a mermaids skin color to be comparable, ethically, to having a white Alladin.
 
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TIL, people can't make up stories that take place anywhere else but where they're from... hence George Lucas is from another galaxy...

Also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mermaid#Mesopotamia,_Eastern_Mediterranean

Mermaids are Mediterranean... clearly the red hair has to go.
??? HCA is kinda well-known, and made fables (or wrote them down, I dunno) for where he lived.

I was making the point that the specific Disney Movie is based (loosely) on a specific tale by a specific author, in which it's definitely Scandanavian. I was never stating or implying that mermaids are only from that region, in terms of folklore. That's all you.
 
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