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    Merfolk of Color

    It really is a shame that you don't see any Mer-Folk of dark skin color in any movie or shows. What's up with that? I know mer-folk related media is hard enough to find, I'm just sick of seeing the same depictions of mermaids as caucasian women. Let's shake it up a bit Hollywood!

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    Yeah, especially since there are merfolk of different regions throughout the world... Mermaid Tales from Around the World features Menana of the Waterfall (North American Indian), The Fish Husband (Nigerian), The Serpent and the Sea Queen (Japanese), The Princess of the Tung Lake (Chinese), The Sea Princess of Persia (Iranian), not to mention the Encantados of Brazil, Atargatis, and other mermaids from different traditions. There are plenty of mermaid stories out there, but the entertainment industry has focused on a very limited selection (though, in fairness, it's not just mermaids... I haven't seen any vampire blockbusters about Penanggalans, either).

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    The only Mermaid of 'colour' that I saw in a movie was an African American woman in a very small shot of PotC: On Stranger Tides.

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    The one all the way to the left. She's so beautiful.
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    I would love to see merfolk of every color!

    Quote Originally Posted by Merman_Shawn View Post
    It really is a shame that you don't see any Mer-Folk of dark skin color in any movie or shows. What's up with that? I know mer-folk related media is hard enough to find, I'm just sick of seeing the same depictions of mermaids as caucasian women. Let's shake it up a bit Hollywood!

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    me and my mother were having this exact same conversation a few days ago.
    she loves that i'm a mermaid and that i have found a group of people who share my love and passions but she had asked me once how many black mermaids i knew in the community and i told a quite a few which made her happy. she them implored me to included colored mermaids in my stories and my drawing because as she put it
    "Black Woman Make anything looks good, even scales darlin'"

    but in all seriousness it would be nice to see more mermaids of color in the media and in books and tv shows and movies. I've looked at loads of mermaid commercials and its always white girls, same goes for magazine adds and the like
    I do think however once the mermaiding craze goes mainstream the black community and the other communities of color as well will want to jump on the band wagon.
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    I believe Disney had a little latin mermaid cameo in one of the Little Mermaid episodes, then again the character was based off of a real little girl who had cancer I believe and she loved mermaids... it was like a make a wish kind of thing... so as much as I love the fact that they did this, before and even after there has not been another non-caucasion mermaid on the disney front. As far as merfolk of color, I am SO glad to be a part of the growing community of the color brigade! My best friend and I are both mixed and we both have our other halves, mine is merfolk, His is elves. We are both glad to represent. I can't wait to get my tail so I can help raise awareness of the darker side of the merfolk world lol
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    The Fathom Films title "Mermaid Island" featured mermaids of almost every colour and variation you could imagine, but apart from that I have to agree that it's a crying shame we don't see more black, asian and oriental mermaids in mainstream treatments of the subject.
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    I agree! I think no matter what race, people still look gorgeous in a tail and that it is unrealistic for everyone to look the same.

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    latex man did some tails for some asian mermaids right? i reeeaaallly wanna see some asian mermaids. and i know a mighty tanned merman personally. he's one of the top most awesome merfolk i've met to date! but yes, they are usually teenaged caucasian females. but it's also usually one mermaid per movie. and we need some films portraying pods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince Calypso View Post
    "Black Woman Make anything looks good, even scales darlin'"
    Your Mom is right!
    Although I've never really wished to be anything other than my Scot-Irish self, I've often envied how the black girls at my school could look so fantastic in something that was NEON colored. Banana yellow dresses, lime-rickey flavored shirt/pant combos.... Electric Turquoise sweaters.... The contrast is gorgeous....
    Just the other day I went to the pool and saw this gorgeous black chick with hair longer than mine, and I thought, "You should come mermaiding with me..."
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    I've always wanted to see someone Asian in something like this.
    Maybe with black spots?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mermaid Nish View Post
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    The one all the way to the left. She's so beautiful.
    It really sucks she was just an aquatic extra. She really is quite lovely!
    I would really love to see Zoe Saldana as a mermaid, or maybe Rosario Dawson!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyna View Post
    latex man did some tails for some asian mermaids right? i reeeaaallly wanna see some asian mermaids. and i know a mighty tanned merman personally. he's one of the top most awesome merfolk i've met to date! but yes, they are usually teenaged caucasian females. but it's also usually one mermaid per movie. and we need some films portraying pods.
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    Here's one. There are others in my stories, but she's the only one I have a picture of.
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    *smacks forehead* I can't believe I forgot to mention La Sirene and/or Mami Wata! Admittedly lighter-skinned in appearance, she is still supposed to be an African Mermaid (as Mami Wata) or one of African descent (as La Sirene), or another aspect of Erzulie the loa of all forms of love, and one of the more powerful, if lesser known, Voodoo gods.

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    well, let's not forget that the eerie mermaids in the movie PETER were asian.
    I feel like between that and the asian mermaid series: DYESEBEL and DYOSA, not to mention MERMAID MARRIED A MAN (and now the new one that latexman did his tails for, Thai)-- I feel a bit like the Asians have really stepped up in the merfolk world. I think that there should also be a sort of new skin color "races" of merfolk... where their tail color blends into their skin making them different from the mortal colors.
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    i was just watching POTC 4 again and i realized that ther mermaid who got stabbed as she was jumping out of the water was the black mermaid
    *FLAMER SHIELD UP*
    i'm not trying to start anything to make any kind of statement
    it just caught me by surprised when i realized it.
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    I never give anything for free...

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    I know! I think it's amazing that there truly IS a stereotype that the first to go in any horror move is: The black character, followed by the gay character, etc...
    I'm always like: "Why's it gotta be the black guy!?"

    so in this case its: "Why's it gotta be the black mermaid!?"

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    I never noticed that but you guys are totally right.
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