Oh gracious. There’s some historian who has a thesis and no significant data to back it up. So what did she do? She wrote a clickbait piece for the Washington Post, which gladly ran it.
Disney is remaking the Little Mermaid and has a non-white actress playing Ariel. One anonymous person with 270 followers on Twitter was outraged and this historian wrote an entire piece for the Washington Post using that one tweet as proof her thesis.
She claims there is both “white nostalgia” and “backlash” because of one tweet by one anonymous person with 270 followers. This guy:
Seriously, the “historian” writes:
Outraged by Bailey’s casting as Ariel, many (white) Disney fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment and to threaten to boycott the film. As these critics saw it, by replacing a beloved redheaded, white cartoon character with a black live-action Ariel, Disney had tainted loyal fans’ childhood memories. Disney, they claimed, had disrespected the cartoon character and the Scandinavian origins of the folk tale. Ariel was a blue-eyed, red-haired, pasty-skinned mermaid with a green tail. Period.
But she only has one tweet.
This is stupidity and perpetuating fake racism claims that undermine actual racism. It is all done in service to clickbait culture, not news.