WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- My Pingu TV, a YouTube channel for kids, has canceled a cartoon about an angel who loses her “beauty and youth” by turning into a black woman.
- In one of the show’s episodes, Dina, a white angel, is forbidden from speaking to her husband and was turned into a black-skinned woman with the narrator, saying: “And we see that she is not as beautiful. Her glow is gone and her face is scarred.”
- Dina cries “… and now I am ugly.” But because she has agreed to “sacrifice” for her true love, “Dina becomes beautiful again” as she’s transformed back into a white woman.
A YouTube channel for kids titled My Pingu TV canceled a cartoon show about an angel who loses her “beauty and youth” by becoming a black woman.
— Lady Rodgers (@TeenKitty) July 18, 2019
In the episode titled “Dina and The Prince,” Dina is a white-skinned angel who is forbidden from speaking to her husband to hide the fact that she is an angel. Dina, who knows the situation is impossible, eventually breaks down. She is cursed to relinquish her physical beauty and live as a black-skinned woman.
The following day, the prince visits Dina. The narrator says: “Dina turns. And we see that she is not as beautiful. Her glow is gone and her face is scarred.”
Dina cries to her prince, “I am so sorry… now I am ugly.”
But the prince doesn’t care, he says: “You love me so much that you gave up your beauty for me, Dina! You think I care how you look? I love you!”
And because she is willing to “sacrifice” for her true love, “Dina becomes beautiful again” as she’s transformed back into a white woman.
My Pingu TV was criticized on Twitter for teaching racism in young kids.
It has removed the episode from YouTube, replacing it with a written apology: “We sincerely apologize. We and our animation team made a great mistake. We assure you that it was unintentional and we promise that it won’t happen again.”
Hundreds of YouTube viewers said the episode was a deliberate attempt to spread a racist message. Here are some of their comments:
- “Subliminal and intentional you want to feed the young minds of children what is supposedly ‘beautiful’ and what is supposedly ‘ugly.’ What a shame.”
- “Apology not accepted you knew exactly what you were doing.”
- “You need to create a video with an all Black cast that reminds little Black girls that they are beautiful princesses just the way they are. THAT will make things right.”
- “I think she was still beautiful with the dark skin and curly hair.”
My Pingu TV did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment.
A YouTube representative tells Yahoo Lifestyle that the cartoon was removed by its creator.
Source: Yahoo News