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MEDIEVAL MERMAID THREAD

White people on the internet: The Little Mermaid can't be black! It's a European legend! She has to be white!

Medieval Europeans:

(Book of Hours, Dutch, f. 67)
White people on the internet: Ariel HAS to be white! She's European!

Medieval Europeans:
White people on the internet: Look, if you look back at European folklore, you will SEE that mermaids are white!

Medieval European folklore:

(Bodleian Library MS Ashmole 1511)
White people on the internet: Look, there's just a WAY that mermaids are supposed to look. It's cultural heritage.

Medieval Europeans:

(J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 100)
White people on the internet: A mermaid who doesn't have white skin and red hair will be an ATTACK on our history!

Medieval Europeans:
White people: Medieval Europeans, you're bothered by this, aren't you? After all, surely you can agree that mermaid skin color is --

Medieval Europeans, nodding: Blue!

(Amiens, Bibl. mun., ms. 0200)
White people: Ok, but you can surely agree that there's a Certain Way to portray mermaids, right?

Medieval Europeans, nodding: With a mirror and comb, so we know that they're symbols of Vanity!
White people, sweating: ....ok, but in a EUROPEAN fairytale, you'd expect for the mermaid to --

Medieval Europeans, nodding: Kill and eat sailors!
White people: ......

Medieval Europeans:

(Bodleian Library, MS. Sweet 337)
White people: ......

Medieval Europeans:
White people: ......ok, maybe we should ask the Renaissance for help.

Renaissance Europeans:

Fin.*

*pun intended
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