“Elsa Isn’t Black” 3-Year-Old Racially Abused While Wearing “Frozen” Costume
I think she looks adorable! How can someone say "you can't be elsa because elsa is not black" or "she is black and black is ugly"?! How can someone say it to 3 years old child?! Samara you are beautiful and you look even better than Elsa 😊 #saynotoracism #samaramuir #aboriginal #racismiswrong #samara #thisworldismessedup #disney #disneycarneval #elsa #peoplearerude #frozen
It’s no surprise that America doesn’t have a monopoly on racism. People of color, particularly Black people, all throughout the the world, are often on the receiving end of racism and discrimination. And unfortunately, it starts early. Three-year-old Samara Muir, an Aboriginal girl in Melbourne, Australia, learned that the hard way at a recent Disney event.
According to the Daily Mail, little Samara was waiting in line for entry to the event and was dressed as her favorite Disney Princess Queen Elsa from Disney’s Frozen.
Though Samara and her mother Rachel Muir were standing in line minding their business, another woman, a parent, turned around and said,
“I don’t know why you’re dressed up for because Queen Elsa isn’t black.”
Rachel asked the woman what she meant by the comment but before the mother could respond, one of her two daughters, obviously reciting what she had been taught, chimed in saying:
“You’re Black and Black is ugly.”
Muir said she was shocked by the comments, particularly since Melbourne is one of the most multicultural places in the world.
“I couldn’t believe it.”
Muir said she decided in that moment to ignore the comments as a means of teaching her daughter to take the high road in those types of situations. She did tell Samara that they would talk about the incident later, when they got home.
And she did.
But that wasn’t the end of the ordeal. The next day, when Samara was set to go to her Aboriginal dance class, she told her mother that she didn’t want to go. When her mother asked why she said, “Because I’m Black.”
Rachel Muir was naturally mortified by the effect the racist comments had on her daughter and she took to Facebook to express her frustrations. It wasn’t long before the post went viral.
And though this story started off as a tragedy, like most Disney Princesses, Samara’s story has a happy ending.
People sent in messages of support for both Samara and Rachel.
Eventually, the people at Disney heard about the story. And the real-life Queen Elsa, the one who lives in Orlando, Florida, sent Samara a video message telling her to always be herself.
Rachel Muir recalled the event for The Age saying, “Her mouth just dropped to the ground,” Ms Muir said. “She kept saying over and over ‘she’s talking to me.’ We were in tears. It was so overwhelming.”
Disney on Ice Dare to Dream also took action. Not only did they invite Samara to attend the show, they would like for her to appear in it.
Nick Cannon and Aboriginal rapper Adam Briggs have voiced their support for Samara, with Briggs featuring her in one of his film clips.
The artist and activist said Samara was a “bright, beautiful little girl who can be any princess she wants to be.”
So happy for this little one.
While Samara can be any Disney princess she wants, this also highlights the very real issue of inclusion and representation in media, especially for children. It’s no secret that Disney needs more princesses of color so girls of color around the world can see themselves as heroes and heroines on the big screen. It’s so important.
You can watch Samara’s story in the video below.