my-mind-is-a-stormdrain asked: While arguing with friends yesterday about the DISGUSTING relationship that is Bolin/Eska in LoK, we got on the subject of Frozen and how terribly upsetting it is as well. One person tried to argue that because it's a "Danish fairytale" I can't accuse Disney of whitewashing. Cause there totally aren't any black people in Europe amiright? And it’s not like Frozen’s set in a TOTALLY FICTIONAL LAND that has TALKING SNOWMEN or anything. Yeah, PoC would just be totally unrealistic -_- Ugh.
Sami are not Danish. And they are not dark-skinned. This is a Sami girl:
I understand accusations of white-washing when they are changing the race of the characters, but this story is a folktale from the part of the world where white people come from. The part of the world where white people are legitimately, completely, natives. This kerfuffle over a white Elsa in Frozen is just utter nonsense.
Edit: Found a better picture of the same girl, without the caption. She’s a full blooded Sami.
This Tumblr post is very misleading. The Sami (which I am) DID NOT START AS WHITE. We started as Red skinned, visually identical to Native Americans. Such close contact with White Europeans caused much of my race to turn White.
Real Sami people think Frozen is problematic so leave it at that. Yes the Sami were red. Yes Disney is guilty of whitewashing.
I hope to God you didn’t just pass out the typical racist line of “you’re not a real…” because that’s what it looks like you just did.