Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid labelled ‘racist fish’
A graffiti reading ‘Racist Fish’ is seen on a statue of ‘The Little Mermaid’ in Copenhagen, Denmark July 3, 2020
COPENHAGEN, July 3 — Denmark woke up today to the words “racist fish” scrawled across the base of the Little Mermaid, the bronze statue honouring Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairy tale that perches on a rock in the sea off a pier in Copenhagen.
Police said it had not yet identified the perpetrators. The 107-year-old sculpture, which is visited by one million tourists each year, has been vandalised before, including by anti-whaling campaigners and pro-democracy activists, twice suffering decapitation.
“We consider it vandalism and have started an investigation,” a spokesman for the Copenhagen police said.
Protesters of the Black Lives Matter movement around the world have in recent months rallied against statues of historical figures who played a role in racist oppression, such as slave traders and colonialists.
The Little Mermaid has not been part of this debate but last year a Disney live action remake of the 1989 animated film of the same name was the subject of a controversy after African American actress Halle Bailey was cast in the central role.
“I am having a hard time seeing what is particularly racist in the fairy tale The Little Mermaid", Ane Grum-Schwensen, researcher at the H.C. Andersen Center at University of Southern Denmark, told local news wire Ritzau. — Reuters
The story follows the journey of a young mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the sea as a mermaid to gain a human soul. The tale was first published in 1837 as part of a collection of fairy tales for children.
The original story has been a subject of multiple analyses by scholars such as Jacob Bøggild and Pernille Heegaard as well as the folklorist Maria Tatar. These analyses cover various aspects of the story from interpreting the themes to discussing why Andersen chose to write a tragic story with a happy ending.
Indeed, I agree with Ane Grum-Schwensenin that I too am having a hard time seeing what is particularly racist in the fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid'.
But as I have mentioned, there exist 'anarchists' in our world, people like the young brats protesting in Hong Kong recently who just loved to destroy to show their power - yes, they started off with an ideal or a reasonable cause, but as the protests continued and ratcheted up they lost track of what they were supposed to be protesting about and showed far greater interests (and perverse delight)in destroying, threatening (police families, MRT passengers, shop employees etc) and even hurting people like shooting arrows and hurling bricks at law officers. Yes, they even demonstrated their vile discrimination against Chinese Mainlanders and the latter's shops.
Hong Kong police tweeted images of the injury to the police officer after an arrow pierced through his leg
UK and Australia are welcomed to have such rioters
The protests would eventually developed into riots, as we have also seen in 'Black Live Matters' - some of those protesters were/are (as mentioned, 'lil anarchists' who just love to eff around and destroy just for the fun of destroying).
I term such anarchic behaviour as the "Hong Kong Protests" syndrome, wakakaka. And this was what has happened to the 'Little Mermaid' in Copenhagen.