Guess what, guys? “Afrogate” is back. Sigh. 🙁
But this time, the critics are taking things too far. They want Winx Club removed from Netflix — not just the “Miss Magix” episode, but the entire show. Petitions are spreading around on Tumblr and Twitter.
No matter how you feel about the show and this controversy, this is an overreaction. The critics are condemning a series that’s more than 4,000 minutes long because of a one-minute scene from twelve years ago. They haven’t bothered to watch the current show so they can judge it fairly.
I’ve been trying to come up with ways to counter their efforts, and I think I have a good idea.
Aisha’s birthday is ten days away (June 15). We know Rainbow will post something about it — an image, a GIF, etc. — like they do for all the Winx. But let’s make it an even bigger event than usual.
On June 15, I’m gonna change all the avatars for the blog and social media accounts to pictures of Aisha. I’ll also share screenshots of her doing what she does best: playing sports, saving her kingdom, caring for small creatures, cheering for her friends, leading the Winx into battle, etc. I’m asking you guys to do this, too, and to get other fans involved. Some of you do it already, so it shouldn’t be hard. Just do even more than you normally do!
Please understand what this campaign’s about. Just because Aisha exists doesn’t mean Winx Club can’t be racist. That’s not the message we’re trying to send.
We’re trying to show the critics what they’re missing — what they haven’t seen. Aisha’s the type of character they’d love: a brave, resilient, dark-skinned girl with natural hair. She’s a princess by birth, and she’s admired not just for her beauty, but for her strength and heart as well. The other characters accept and respect her as an equal.
I wanna make a hashtag for this. Since the critics know almost nothing about the show, they won’t notice something like #HappyBirthdayAisha (or #HappyBirthdayLayla). It should probably have “Winx Club” in it. If anyone has an idea, feel free to share it.
We only have ten days (more like nine now) to get this together, so please share this post as much as you can!