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I'm a Scottish Grandmother, living the quiet life in the Cairngorm National Park area of the Scottish Highlands.
I've been here on Tumblr for a while now and I still keep saying 'I must blog more'.

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I’m not saying it’s fair, or even possible to try to care about every person or demographic. All I’m begging for is that we at least try not to be so hateful.

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Night Sky » by Peter Sawers

Stunning

Night Sky » by Peter Sawers

Stunning

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awesomegirlystuff:

What the fuck? Whitewashing? It’s a danish fairy tale! You can’t just throw in diversity for the sake of it. It has to make sense, thats like if people were like “Why are there only Chinese people in Mulan?” Because it takes place in fucking China before anyone immigrated there!

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"typical light hair, fair skinned, blue eyes" The only other Disney princesses that fits that description all the way would be Cinderella and Aurora. The only other one close is Rapunzel. Disney does extremely well with making the animated princesses fit the time period and area they are from. Let me show you a thing.

Alright this is Snow White. The whole reason this is her name is because her skin was as white as the fucking snow. She had hair as black as a raven. And lips as red as a rose. Snow White was originally a GERMAN fairytale. Ya know what color they are in Germany? White….

Now this bitch right here is Cinderella. This movie was made in 1950. Ya know what was going on in 1950? Segregation. So I doubt that in 1950 they would make some black fairytale princess considering Walt Disney was white and all the employees at Disney were white, and I’m sorry but in the 1950’s all the white people were racists. Yes, Walt Disney was fucking racist. But that’s because of when he grew up and how things were. He was actually a pretty loving and kind man and I’m sure that he would’ve had an open mind to ending segregation if he had grew up different. FYI Cinderella is French. French people be white.

This chick right here. Her name is Aurora. Her movie was made in 1969. There were still racist little bastards then. But ya know what, she’s also freaking French. And in her original fairytale her hair was the color of sunshine gold, and lips that shamed the red red rose.

Now meet Ariel. She is often times many people’s favorite cause she’s fun and quirky and her hair looks like a fucking fire truck. Her fairytale is Danish. Danish people are white. The Danish fairytale though? It’s actually based off of stories sailors told of seeing this girl with bright red hair and the tail of a fish. Idk, but have you ever seen a naturally red headed black woman. Cause I haven’t….


Now Belle here is the frenchiest of the French. Her story is actually based in France. Not just a nice fairytale that was made in France. Again, French people are white. But you see light hair on her. No. She is brunette! And she has brown eyes. Nuff said.

Now this…. this is Jasmine. She is not white, she does not have light hair, and she does not have light eyes. She is brown. And beautifully so. And she’s not so sweet and fragile either. She is independent and don’t need no man.She is Arabic and she looks like it. I don’t see any white washing here. See this is where white washing would ACTUALLY come into play. If they made Princess Jasmine, based off of Princess Badroulbadour from an Arabic folk tale, and made her white. A white girl in Agrabah. Nope.

My personal favorite. Pocahontas. Again. No white washing. She is nice and brown, and has nice Indian features. Thing about her? She was a real lady. In fact her sequel actually told her story better than the first one.

Meet mulan. She’s Chinese. She saved China. Nuff said.

This lovely lady is Tiana. She made a lot of ground as being the first black Disney Princess. She was from New Orleans. She’s american. This movie was based in the 1920’s and they did her right because she was a waitress, working 3 jobs just to make a few dollars a day. She lived in the slums/the ghetto with all the other colored folk. They kept it right to the time period they were representing but they also made her fa-boo!

Now this chicky is my girl punzy. She is the first Disney Princess since 1991 that was white. I think 20 years time is a good amount of time to bring in another white Princess. Disney had wanted to do Rapunzel for a long time. She’s one of the classic fairytale princesses. Everyone know who this chick was, but there was no Disney movie about her. The reason why they didn’t she make her movie in the 90’s was because she was white. She was just another, golden haired, fair skinned, damsel in distress. I am soooo happy they waited on this one too. Cause after being in the works for so long they took this story about a chick with long hair being rescued by a Prince, and they made her this barefoot, rebellious, bad-ass, sweetheart, that was magical and already a Princess. In fact her “prince” wasn’t a prince. He was a thief. And the coolest thing, so that she wasn’t just a typical blonde princess, they cut off her hair and it turned brown. So now she’s this edgy but sweet brunette, short-haired, girl. Also, the original fairytale is German, so Disney stayed true to it’s roots and kept her in a German setting.

This is Princess Merida. She is Scottish. Technically white. But still not just some American accent, blonde, white girl. She made a big leap in the Princess world because unlike all the others who are all strong too, she didn’t even find love in the movie. Who knows, maybe they’ll make a sequel a few years later where she’s older and more grown up and she gets married. Fun fact, Brave is loosely based around Scottish folklore of King Fergus.

So yeah, white washing would be if they made the beautiful ethnic ladies here just white. Alot of fairytales come from mainly white countries. Disney is just trying to tell a good story. Maybe they should look more into some Arabic fairytales, maybe some African ones. But all they’re doing is staying true to stories and lands.

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Say it with me now:

French people are not all white.

German people are not all white.

Danish people are not all white.

They haven’t ever all been white. Because migration.

A Black people can have red hair (look it up! And blonde!)

And bloody hell, a mermaid can be whatever colour you want.

And it’s a cartoon and there is a thing called artistic licence!

And what the hell do you mean by ‘technically white’ for the Scottish princess?

Scottish people are not all white. But the ones who are white ARE WHITE. Whiteness (and privileges that go along with whiteness) IS NOT AN AMERICAN PHENOMENON. It is a complex set of ideas but the general consensus is Scottish people who are white ARE WHITE (though this view was different 200 years ago, aye). 

Source: I am Scottish. Even in a country that is overwhelmingly white we have major populations who have been here for centuries who are not white. 

Disney chooses to set its stories in eras where whiteness is accepted to be the default by viewers like you. FUNNY HOW SELECTIVE IT IS NO?

Say it with me:

Every culture has fairytales.

Some are world-famous (check out the diversity of the Blue/Red/Yellow Books which are from Edwardian times). Disney, however, ignores even the most westernised world fairytales in favour of a Eurocentric approach.

 

Don’t judge the world on what you think you know of it. You’re like Ariel in her cave, looking at her objects. You think Europe is white. You think there are maybe some stories out there. 

Go out and learn these stories. Get yourself learnt.

Lovely rant there :)

As a fellow Scot I know a lot of folk on the west coast of Scotland who are decidedly dark skinned and black haired. I believe this comes from the wrecking of a number of ships off the west coast in past centuries and the sailors who were rescued and stayed on. I understand there’s a lot of Spanish blood on the west coast of Scotland and I dare say some Moorish blood too.

In more recent times (maybe 30+ years ago) a ship was held in port in northern Scotland (something was wrong with it) and a number of the Egyptian crew stayed on and married local girls. 

I met one of the sons of such a marriage when he was working on something in my house. He was telling us about coming through an English airport after all the anti-terrorism measures kicked in and being picked out for a search because of his colour.

That’s when he told me about his father and the ship which brought him to Scotland … because of the diversity of skin tones in Scotland it hadn’t occurred to me he was anything other than a Scot.

Scotland is a divers and rainbow nation and has been for centuries. Maybe that’s why colour isn’t really an issue here.

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