A toddler was left in tears at a Disney event after a stranger told her that she couldn’t wear her Queen Elsa costume because the popular character “isn’t black.”
According to The Courier, 3-year-old Samara Muir had been waiting in line for two hours with her mother, Rachel, to get into a Disney-themed event when the incident occurred. Dressed as Queen Elsa from the film Frozen, the little girl was approached by a mother and her two daughters while they all waited to get in.
“The lady in front of us turned around to Samara and said ‘I don’t know why you’re dressed up for because Queen Elsa isn’t black,” Muir said of the confrontation with her daughter.
“I asked the woman what she meant by the comment and then one of the woman’s young daughters screwed up her face, she pointed at Samara and said ‘you’re black and black is ugly.’”
Muir said she was left stunned by the incident, and her daughter immediately burst into tears.
“I looked around the line and there were little girls of all different races lining up dressed as their [favorite] Disney characters,” she said.
“We were in Melbourne, one of the most multicultural places in the world. I couldn’t believe it.”
The pair continued to wait in line for the event, refusing to let the racial abuse stop them from enjoying their time together.
Following the incident, Samara became quiet and withdrawn — even refusing to attend her weekly Aboriginal dance class.
“When I asked why she didn’t want to go, she pointed at the skin on her arm and asked why she was black,” Muir said.
“I told her ‘because God gave you that skin [color] because you’re a proud blackfella like mum.’”
Muir wrote a Facebook post about the shocking incident, which ultimately went viral — garnering thousands of shares.
“The saddest part of it all is that racism is alive and well and the next generation are being subjected to it,” she said. “Nobody is born into this world a racist. It is learnt [behavior]. It can be changed.”