Copenhagen’s ‘Little Mermaid’ statue has yet again been vandalized, now with the words “racist fish” sprayed on its base. The story book character’s cancellation comes in spite of Disney casting a black actress for the movie role.
Denmark’s capital saw the debateable description written on the landmark on Friday. So far, nobody has claimed responsibility for defacing the statue of the Hans Christian Andersen character.
“We consider it vandalism and have started an investigation,” a Copenhagen police spokesperson said.
For dozens of years, local protesters have been taking right out their political issues on the tourists’ favorite Little Mermaid statue, from feminists to the “Free Hong Kong” movement.
It remains unclear, though, why the Little Mermaid was targeted this time around. Ane Grum-Schwensen, researcher at the Hans Christian Andersen Center at the University of Southern Denmark, said she was “having a hard time seeing what is particularly racist” in regards to the fairytale.
The incident could be from the ongoing global anti-racist protests, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Since their beginning, the BLM protests usually involved statue vandalism. The demonstrators in the beginning targeted different historical figures, such as Abraham Lincoln or Christopher Columbus.
At some point, the protesters’ chosen statues started to seem unrelated for their cause, that has been the case with an elk statue in Portland early in the day this week. In Wisconsin, they took things even more and tore down a statue of prominent abolitionist Hans Christian Heg.
Those who called out the Little Mermaid as racist should probably get with this system, though. Last year, Disney had made a widely publicized and controversial decision to cast a black woman for the title part in the upcoming live-action version of the story.
When singer Halle Bailey was announced to play the main character of Arielle, the whole world wide web did actually split into two parts: those delighted with a win for diversity and others who saw it as pandering or even anti-white racism.
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