Well, folks, it’s happening again.
One of our beloved childhood characters has yet again been changed before our very eyes, completely flipping what we know about our beloved Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
The star of the Little Mermaid remake will be black instead of the fair-skinned Redhead we all know and love.
How ever will we recover from this tragedy?
If you’re sensing a bit of sarcasm in my words, you can be sure that there’s plenty.
I’ll make my words plain.
I don’t really care that they changed her skin color, it’s a fictional character and it’s a remake.
If you are so concerned about the original film, then maybe you should stick with watching that and skip out on the remake’s release.
However, there is one growing trend that I’m sure all of us have noticed lately.
Cultural Diversity is not an actual concern of movie companies, it’s a big marketing ploy.
It’s no secret that nowadays plenty of companies are using cultural diversity as more of a marketing ploy rather than a genuine concern about cultural representation and this is seen most popularly in some of our favorite films and television shows.
We’ve seen it a ton lately, characters who have established looks and characteristics are changed to please the current demand for “cultural diversity.”
Look, I’m all for diversity and film, but have we really asked ourselves what that’s supposed to look like?
Lately it seems that diversity means to shove as many cultures and beliefs into one project so that nobody feels left out.
Everybody wins and nobody feels bad that way, right?
What we gain in “diversity,” we end up losing in identity, in my opinion.
Art loses its character and meaning when we mash up all that we can to please every single person.
Art, at the end of the day, comes from an individual experience.
When we take a piece and mold it to fit everyone’s wants and needs, the identity of it becomes jumbled and inauthentic.
Instead of trying to throw in as many different cultures and lifestyles into one thing, why don’t we instead focus on grabbing from a diverse creative pool?
That, to me, is true diversity.
Different stories told from different perspectives, that’s what art is, isn’t it?
Honestly, I’m not really that bothered by Ariel being changed for “diversity’s” sake.
I am bothered by the lack of original content that should be out there.
It frustrates me lately when I see characters who are already established being changed to “shake things up”.
Quite honestly it’s just plain lazy.
Instead of taking something established and putting a “diverse” spin on it to make a quick and easy buck (because, let’s be honest, that’s what’s happening), why not create something entirely new and give the not-so-represented something to really be proud of?
I do have my own personal hope in creators like Jordan Peele, writer and director for Get Out and Us.
Peele has almost created his own sub-genre of films with his thriller/horror films based starring African American leads.
He draws from his own cultural experiences and creates something that is full of identity and feels original and genuine.
Peele recently drew heavy criticism for stating that he prefers to have black actors as his leads, but to me, that’s just fine!
That’s what real diversity is, accepting many different ideas and if that’s what his experience is and that’s what he wants to show us, I’m all for it.
We’ve really got to learn that not everyone needs to be involved in every single thing.
Sometimes it’s ok to have an all white, black, Asian, Mexican and Spanish cast or group of creators.
I can go on for days how many different cultures that could be represented.
But please, don’t fall for it when they try to sell you diversity.
For the most part, they’re just trying to make an easy buck.
Well, folks, it’s happening again.