Once upon a time there was a little girl named Samara. Samara loves Queen Elsa from Disney’s animated movie Frozen more than anything, because she’s three and that’s what little kids love. So Samara’s mommy took her Elsa-loving daughter to a Disney event at a Melbourne shopping centre, with Samara dressed up as her favourite Disney royal. They were waiting in line to play in a “snow pit,” when out popped an evil villain, who spouted off words so disgusting that she makes Ursula the Sea Witch look lovely and harmless.
The evil villain, who was with her two daughters, turned to little Samara and said she couldn’t understand why she would dress as Elsa, “because Queen Elsa isn’t black.”
Samara’s mom, Rachel Muir, explained to The Courier, “I asked the woman what she meant by the comment and then one of the woman’s young daughters screwed up her face, pointed at Samara and said, ‘You’re black and black is ugly.'”
The evil villain’s vicious words obviously upset poor little Samara, who cried and, in the days following the incident, became withdrawn, her mother said. She asked her daughter what was wrong and she “pointed at the skin on her arm and asked why she was black,” Muir recalled. “I told her, “Because God gave you that skin colour, because you’re a proud blackfella like mom.”
Muir vented on Facebook, posting about what happened, adding, “Not nice. Still Racism is alive & well in the next generation.” Ugh. It would be nice if there was some sort of magic lamp that could be rubbed or pill that could be taken for evil people to change their mindsets (or vanish off the face of the Earth, whatever), but some people are set in their ways. What can you do?
Turns out, a lot. Many people stepped up after hearing the story, and Samara and Rachel were flooded with letters and social media messages from around the world. Samara was invited to take part in the Disney on Ice “Dare to Dream” show, and news.com.au reports that Indigenous rapper Adam Briggs asked the little girl to be in his next music video. (SO CUTE!)
Behind the scenes w/ Princess Samara :: The Children Came Back – Briggs x Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu x Dewayne Everettsmith #TCCB
Posted by Briggs on Saturday, June 20, 2015
Samara received a special message from Queen Elsa, who reminded Samara to always be herself. A Facebook competition also crowned Samara the “Queen Elsa of Australia” after the judges heard her story.
“I can’t express how much it has meant to us,” Muir told The Courier. “I just thought it would be a story people would click past and forget. To know that she has touched so many people…that they see her how I see her is just incredible.”
Now that’s a happy ending. Here’s hoping the evil villain gets hers.