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Cartoon ‘The Winx Club’ Shows Black Character Having a Meltdown Over Her Afro, Calls Her Hair “A Catastrophe”

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Editors Note: This post has been amended to reflect this episode of The Winx Club never aired on the Nickelodeon network in the U.S. The character featured in the clip is not the reoccurring character, Aisha.

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In today’s installment of the never-ending series “mainstream media insults natural hair,” I present The Winx Club. In season 1 episode 12 of the Italian fantasy/action cartoon a black female character laments over the disaster of her hair going from straight and silky into an afro:

One character calls the afro “a catastrophe”, while the blonde princess Stella gasps in shock and horror asking, “what’s that?” the black character was already crying, and the responses from her friends sent her in to full-blown meltdown mode.

Even when watching cartoons, our little girls can’t catch a break.

The storyline was later re-dubbed (beginning at 7:55):

Instead of her hair being the problem, the character cast the wrong voice changing spell. Wouldn’t it have made much more sense to just do that from the very beginning?

Although this episode is not new, (it originally aired overseas in 2004, and in 2010 in the United States), old Winx Club episodes are still airing on Nickelodeon television and streaming online. This recycling of content has led to a new wave of naturalistas being made aware of yet another attempt to impress upon little Black girls that their natural beauty is a “catastrophe”.

I’m not even going to ask what the creatives behind the show were thinking, because I already know. It’s a pretty clear-cut case of racism and ignorance and the advent of the internet and social media makes it difficult to completely scrub.

Let’s continue to make sure that our little girls have the resources and support to embrace their natural selves and resist the standard of beauty that society and popular media continues to try and impress upon them.

 

Are you familiar with The Winx Club cartoon? What are your thoughts on the storyline changes? Have you noticed any other cartoons that did something similar? Share below.

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Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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standathome
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standathome

Don’t allow television and radio to raise/ guide our children. Start at home and they will have the tools needed to overcome any injustice that will appear during their lifetime.

Hair Anomaly
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Hair Anomaly

I had never seen this show. Now that I’ve seen a clip of it, I realize I didn’t miss anything. So, an idiot made a stupid cartoon many years ago with characters saying what many people still, and always will, think of our hair? Got it. I have read comments in other places about this video. At no time should we be silent when faced with blatant disrespect, but it is interesting to observe how some people seem to be pining for acknowledgement, approval, and validation from outsiders to make up for their own apparent lack of pride in themselves… Read more »

angrywinxfan
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angrywinxfan

The writer of this article didn’t do their research and I suggest others do before shaming the show. Winx club has always shown a broad range of girls with a lot of different beauty standards. The show encourages friendship, being nice and helpful, girl power and being accepting of everyone. The girl in this clip isn’t a main character, and the ‘afro’ isn’t an afro it’s hair messed up by a spell to look like jelly. The actual character of Aisha, who DOES NOT have straight silky hair, nor is she even in season 1 has long, curly/wavy hair which… Read more »

Abryllya
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Abryllya

Wow i use to watch this show when i was younger smh thats sad afros are beautiful idc what anyone says about black hair but its the best!!!

Safre
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Safre

The problem is that there are women who definitely behave like this. While attitudes are thankfully changing, it is a slow process for the message to make it to the mainstream media. There is no denying that there have always been digs made at our hair and that the characteristics of our hair are routinely mocked or seen as unwanted by others. I often see non blacks bemoaning the fact that their hair has turned into an ‘afro’. It’s good that Nickolodeon changed the plot but sadly there are many black women who think like and behave like this character.… Read more »

agman
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agman

Racism? Girl bye. I’m getting really sick of everyone shouting that at every single representation of black people or black issues they don’t like on tv. Not everything is a controversy. Especially not some cartoon. It’s YOUR job as parents to instill in your children values, morals, and self-esteem. Not Hollywood. Save your anger for real issues that matter like black rights and police brutality.

Kiki
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Kiki

In a way I agree with you. Our own people feel this way about their hair. It could have been all the creators heard about natural hair and just associated with some bad. It’s not all on them. It’s on us as well.

cha
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cha

Oh, I’m a little surprised a major network would actually pull this. But I really shouldn’t be I suppose.
This made me sad.

PinkyPie15
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I used to be all about the Winx Club back in the day! I had no idea that scene existed, but the writers obviously were unaware that afros are a thing. Even with the rewrite I couldn’t help but see the original scene because it hits so close to home. And considering how Aisha never looks like that, one could use context clues and see that the girls were probably not talking about her voice.

And Isn’t Aisha the princess of the sea or something? Her hair shouldn’t be straight in the first place lol.

angrywinxfan
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angrywinxfan

That’s not Aisha. That’s a background character from season 1, in an episode which aired WAAAY before princess Aisha was even introduced into the show.

PinkyPie15
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lol dang my bad! I haven’t seen the show in a while. Shouldn’ve double checked! But I really liked it back then.

CC
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CC

This isn’t Aisha

Maya
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Maya

It doesn´t surprise me anymore… It´s a white tv program made by white people for white people. Yes it´s insulting but we have to stop expecting them to value our beauty or who we are. Instead we should focus on creating and broadcasting content that represent and respect the black community. Hopefully the others communities will learn to respect us. In the meantime, we can teach our kids how to be critical so that they don’t give due importance to those kind of s**t.

Claudette UK
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Claudette UK

We always have to remember that this is aimed at children. My children watch this show. We need to teach our children to look for this kind of disrespect and be aware of it.

PinkyPie15
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It would have been great if her original character design had a fro or something.

Tami
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Tami

Yes this is very bad to see in cartoons, because of this show im studying animation so that i can create a positive pro black cartoon for girls and boys one day soon!!!! Woah ok this cartoon is actually an Italian kids show that started airing in 2004 in Italy on a network called Rai Due . The episode above aired actually when i was age 14 back in 2004 later in the United States. Not 2010 this show was on 4Kids TV Fox network for a very long time from 2004 — 2008. Cartoon Network stated airing Winx Club… Read more »

Ashley .O.
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Ashley .O.

This was everything I was about to say. Thank you !

OXxo
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OXxo

Thanks for explaining this. Italians often have very curly hair which they straighten and have a known issue with calling Black people names in public, including their own Black government ministers, which are now unacceptable in English speaking countries. This explains the reactions and actions of the White characters to the Black character’s afro. If the cartoon was from the US, Canada or the UK then the White characters would have looked at the Black character confused rather than voicing an opinion. The reason I state that is I remember there was a scene in Austin Powers where Beyonce’s natural… Read more »

mazy
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mazy

Well, the winx club is actually an Italian series brought to America. So when you put it in that context we should’t be surprised. When you bring stuff over from other cultures you can’t be shocked if they may upset you. * Also ‚NOT IN ANY WAY DEFENDING WHAT HAPPENED*

Chevanne
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Let’s remember that if people actually respected the beauty and versatility of kinky hair, if the world was largely educated on its characteristics or even had passing familiarity with common styles, we would not be outraged. The outrage is not the problem, the continued devalue of Afro-textured hair is. A black character’s Afro being called a catastrophe is a symptom of ignorance. We can say all day that “it’s just a silly cartoon” or “who cares”, but the same mentality going into cartoons are going into international beauty advertising and adult television. That mindset is in every professional office. Call… Read more »

herlucidsky
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WELL SAID!

Tabatha
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Tabatha

But that wasn’t it. Does your Afro wobble like Jello? Mine doesn’t. Besides what’s wrong with wanting your hair to be one way then doing something wrong and it doesn’t come out right?

Taurian Deveaux
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Taurian Deveaux

This is just a tip of the iceberg of Nickelodeons inappropriateness. Why is the black female character on a children’s show dressed like a prostitute from a blackploitation film? What message are they trying to send about black female sexuality when the rest of the characters have on complete tops? I will not stand idly by and watch corporate America turn our girl children into whores. They are also in very hot water about drawing a woman with completely exposed breast in a recent cartoon. If this doesn’t convince parents to turn the channel then disaster will follow. Wake up!

OXxo
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OXxo

Italians have an “interesting” view of Black people.

Unfortunately when other countries buy in series they don’t look at how all the characters are portrayed.

Vikay
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Vikay

How about some research? First this isn’t Aisha, as Aisha didn’t appear in Winx Club until the 2nd season. This is just a random girl who wanted to take part in a Beauty Contest. The antagonists of the series put a spell on her hair, because they manipulated all participants, so someone for whom they ‘worked’ can win. Then she said her hair is normally straight, so she doesn’t seem to have an afro (not too mention that the problem this girl has with her hair isn’t only how it looks, but also that it is gummy). And then the… Read more »

CC
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CC

Okaaaay, not trying to be disrespectful, just trying to give constructive criticism to the author of this blog post. This post is filled with misinformation, more than likely because the author may not know much about the show. If you’re going to post about a show you don’t know much about a little research helps a lot. Yes, the Winx Club is an Italian made show that went global due to popularity. It is an ongoing show in Italy, but here in the US is been taken off the air twice. The clip you are showing is the dub done… Read more »

roopyroof
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roopyroof

I think it needs to be pointed out that this is actually one of the original dubs done by a company called RAI English. When 4Kids Entertainment dubbed the show for america it was them who changed the script and got rid of this part. Nick only started dubbing episodes in 2011 so they have nothing to do with the earlier episodes. The original version is still up on netflix too.

thill
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thill

JEALOUSY! Always have and always will be. Mainstream is America’s way of expressing envy for something they cannot achieve. We are likely the only group of people who do not have to use root lifters huge rollers and such to copycat volume. Just let it be known!

Did you even watch the show?
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Did you even watch the show?

Guys, that AIN’T event Aisha… It was before her character was even introduced, and ever since she WAS introduced in the SECOND season, the writers have learned to be very open and accepting about her race- and her hair is always beautifully big and puffy.

Yes, there is some racist mentality in Italy because it’s not very mixed there, but this show is revolutionary for them because it shows such strong and racially-diverse girls, and the writers do learn from their mistakes.

BelievixEnergy
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BelievixEnergy

Ohhhhhh my god. Oh my god. Okay, sit down and read this. First of all, this is NOT Princess Aisha. Aisha isn’t introduced until season 2, and her hair is BEAUTIFULLY natural from the start. In fact, the designers always give her special hairstyles to show off her (beautiful) frizziness. This girl is just some random who appeared for like ten seconds in just that one episode. Also, Nick never dubbed that episode, that’s the 4kids dub. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not excusing this scene. Winx Club did cross the line with this one. But here’s the thing:… Read more »

jaclyn
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jaclyn

My toddler loves a show called Daniel Tiger. There are 3 black characters in it, and all 3 have natural styles and it is never an issue. Just want to share the good that is happening in children’s cartoons!

Britt
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Britt

That’s not even princess Aisha/Layla. She didn’t appear until the second season. Second, the version (Rai version) that does make the hair an issue never appeared on nickelodeon or in America. Only the 4kids versions that made it about her voice did. The Rai version is on Netflix though.

John
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John

Please do your research, that character isn’t Aisha, that’s just a background character.

angrywinxfan
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angrywinxfan

And to finish my ranting of this poorly written argument I finish with this…

I have reached out to black fans of the series and they have commented on how they find it offensive you would label this character ‘Aisha’ when she clearly isn’t the Aisha in the series. What? All the black characters in this are now interchangeable and ALL the black girls portrayed in the series are instantly ‘Aisha’.

Disgusting.

WHOCARESIT'SNOTAISHA
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WHOCARESIT'SNOTAISHA

Cut out the fake outrage . If you women are so spineless you’ll let them poke fun at your ass because they have some black girl with blue eyes you like in the show the you’re pathetic .

SunnyDaisy
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SunnyDaisy

Wait…but you do realise that there are people on this planet that are black that do have blue eyes. It happens, its one of the awesome things about genetics…it just happens. And secondly i dont think you are in a position to call anyone spineless. First you have never even met angrywinxfan and for you to insinuate something about her character, based solely on the fact that she has an opinion about a specific matter, a matter where the author of this article, was in fact misinformed, she has every right to voice her opinion. And your comment shows a… Read more »

MCTwerkTeam ??
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MCTwerkTeam ??

Please, do some research before you post something like this. This is not Aisha, it’s a random girl that never appears in Winx except in this short scene. Also she said herself that her hair is naturally straight, so in which way is it insulting ‘her afro’? In this episode the antagonists of the series tried to manipulate all participants of a beauty contest (like her). Also the main problem the girl had with her hair was that it was pretty gummy and dosen’t look natural. The second version isn’t the Nickelodeon version, but the 4Kids one. Nickelodeon didn’t take… Read more »

angrywinxfan
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angrywinxfan

For those interested in actually learning anything about the show: THIS is Aisha, not the girl above in the videos. Aisha is a fairy from the realm of Andros, a realm of water and mermaids. She’s sporty, active, loves to dance, in one version of the show is called ‘Layla’ and has a serious issue with boys who think she’s a damsel who needs saving. She has gorgeous wavy hair, and as the series progresses her hair goes into all sorts of styles like everyone elses. Wavy pigtails and afro’s included. She’s actually my favourite character because she’s a kick-ass… Read more »

Chrissie
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Chrissie

I know that the issue of Racism is huge and all, but let me tell you, that woman is NOT Aisha. Aisha first appears in Season 2, not Season 1. Before you highlight something like this, I suggest that you do your research properly. I know what Aisha looks like and that woman that you put in calming that she’s the Fairy of Waves/Morphix, that’s just an extra, who’s ended up having a bad hair day because of a competition (MIss Magix is similar to the Miss America Pageant if you haven’t realized already) so looks does matter and you… Read more »

Bigantic
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Bigantic

Hm… The first scene is seemingly from the Fox 4kids network, and I think the second one is from Nickelodeon. Nickelodeon and 4Kids used different voice actors for each of the characters and different editing. Anyway, I do remember this episode but barely. A bit before Winx Club started airing, ABC showed a show called “W.I.T.C.H.” Based in a younger high school setting In which there was a black character (African, perhaps) named Taranee. However, this character actually wore her natural hair and African clothing pretty often in the series, where as the black (and the Asian) college-aged Winx girls… Read more »

Pretty Winx
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Pretty Winx

This girl is not Aisha. Let me tell you something… The real problem is not the hair form but the fact it was like a jelly. Come on, how can you say that about Winx if you don’t even know who’s this character.

Now please, listen who Aisha really is: The most brave, cool, clever, strong woman in this show. Everybody loves her style. It’s really sad you judge so much without knowing the hole story.
Look at her beautiful hair. They were not trying to insult anybody.
Hope it makes you change your mind!

jessia
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jessia

Before you write something like this, do your research. Nickelodeon NEVER aired this episode. The only American dub that aired this episode is 4Kids. Nickeldeon never even aired the first season in it’s entirety, only 3 1‑hour specials highlighting important events, not irrelevant things like this. And public outrage? What magician hat are you pulling this info from? 4Kids changes the script completely anyways so this isn’t any different. And did you not hear the video? She said her hair is NATURALLY straight. I would be in complete shock too if my straight hair became a huge afro all of… Read more »

Thalles de Andros
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Thalles de Andros

First of all look at them not to talk nonsense! THIS GIRL IS NOT AISHA! Aisha first appears in the second season, this episode is from the first, and second the girl was crying because her hair was straight and become a living gelatin, you can clearly note when she puts the hand on it and starts swinging. Winx is nothing racist. The true Aisha has Afro hair and have used it several more topping time in series as you can see below!
The video girl is not Aisha
This girl is the Aisha

Rose
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Rose

BGLH, you done goofed. Thank you BGLH readers for explaining the error in this article.

Rick Mendes
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Rick Mendes

Hi, I came to give my opinion on the fact Winx Club being racist or not. Well, the design is not racist, one of the protagonists is black and has african hair, and is strong, beautiful, she’s perfect, I am a big fan of this character, back to the subject, the design itself is not racist or prejudiced, but some fans, many drawing fans despresam Aisha (character which I have spoken above), due to the color, if you follow the drawing, you will see that the design is not racist, I wanted to re-evaluate your opinion about it, please, thank… Read more »

Okay
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Okay

So it cant be racist if there are black people in the show? You sound very naive.

roopyroof
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roopyroof

no its the RAI English dub. In the 4 kids dub they changed the issue to be her voice. nick didn’t dub the first few seasons at all.

parrot
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considering that this article has basically got a lot of the information wrong, I think it should be rewritten so the misinformation doesn’t spread any further. :/

Lola Aikins
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Lola Aikins

This article is wack . I used to watch Winx Club . I’m pretty sure it was my favourite cartoon at some point .This show is in no way racist . One of the main characters is black . I don’t remember Aisha but I do remember Layla as the black character . Maybe when Nickelodeon acquired the series they changed her name or I just forgot this character .

kia
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kia

BGLH is becoming obsessed with articles based around racism…sometimes i wanna read articles about hair and not get worked up…i come here to take a breather not leave upset.

ZintyGirl
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ZintyGirl

As a BLACK, NATURAL haired girl, I feel that this article is so misinformed it should actually be taken down. I am a natural hair girl myself, as stated and have been on the natural hair journey for two years now.I understand how the author could have seen this, and obviously jumped to the wrong conclusions. Issues like these can really hit home sometimes and i understand this. However this article is COMPLETELY taken out of context,for reasons that are mentioned by some of the winx fans in the comment section below. As a black girl who HAS WATCHED the… Read more »

Okay
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Okay

You still sound like a child. Grow up and face reality.

SunnyDaisy
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SunnyDaisy

Really and here you are commenting on a childrens show. Maybe your the one who needs to grow up.

winxfan
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winxfan

I totally and completely agree with you, I might not have a colored skin myself, but a lot of my friends do in fact have a colored skin. The main thing I always liked about Winx club is the acceptance towards everyone, no matter how you look. The winx girls have accepted Aisha and never looked at her with any kind of disrespect and you are completely right about her family, who are king and queen of Andros. Aisha herself is courageous, caring and such a strong and fine character and definitely one of my favorite characters of all time.… Read more »

Hair Anomaly
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Hair Anomaly

Okay. I do not know why you replied directly to me with all of this. I was quite clear in my post that I couldn’t possibly care less about this cartoon. Nevertheless, I’m sure the creators of this show and fellow fans appreciate your support and devotion.

Tabatha
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Tabatha

I’m sorry can we talk about how dumb the credit music is?! I was going to say that Winx isn’t racist. I think that people are being too sensitive when it comes natural hair. Afros don’t wobble like that? Thalles de Andros is correct on what it is all about.I don’t see where the racism is. One of the Witches has poofy hair it’s just not around afro. Besides haven’t we all had hair nightmares? It doesn’t matter whether we were going for curly or straight we’ve all have had oopsies where our hair was just NOT! Would it have… Read more »

Kinky Curly Glory
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Please take this down.

Patrice
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Patrice

So I read the comments before I watched the video. From the way people were becoming defensive and supporting the Winx show, I expected the video to be innocuous and the claims of racism overblown. I was wrong. This is clearly racist and her hair is clearly an Afro. I don’t agree that it is a gelatin texture. It looks like a dense Afro and the girl clearly states that she is distressed because her hair “puffed up”. Who describes gelatin as puffy? Also, the producers at Nickelodeon clearly thought so as well because they decided it was too offensive… Read more »

WhatTheHeck
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WhatTheHeck

I disagree whole heartedly with the comment above.

Lautel
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Lautel

Who are all these hysterical children screaming ‘it’s not racist’ ‘It’s my whole childhood!’ If that ridiculous shallow mess up there is your childhood, I shouldn’t really be surprised that you have no concept of right and wrong. Why was the girl’s hair straight to begin with? And what was wrong with it being ‘puffed up’? And why the hell did it go ‘boing boing’ when touched? And are you seriously trying to justify that by saying ‘it’s like jello!’? Good grief. I’m smh — some of these comments are so utterly inane. Why does every damn body feel the… Read more »

WhatTheHeck
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WhatTheHeck

Again another one who has completely decided to cover her eyes when reading the comments. How can people read with such a lack of understanding or comprehension. To think that most of these people with negative comments are adults. You guys need to educate yourselfs as well as the author of this articles. Stop expecting to get self esteem from the media. This show is not incharge of developing your self esteem, you are and if you cant don that then its your problem.

SunnyDaisy
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SunnyDaisy

Again we ask, please take this down

Zelena Marie Johnson
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Zelena Marie Johnson

I feel people in the natural hair community are overly sensitive. Being natural is still a new concept to many people. When we made the decision to step outside of mainstream standard of Black beauty, we also made the decision to be judge, stared at, or criticized for our decision. Everyone won’t embrace or promote our kinks and curls the way we think they should. Black people have a distinct look that is all our own. Naturally we don’t look like any other race. We need to understand that everyone is not going to embrace us as beautiful as we… Read more »

Lola
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Lola

I did not know about this cartoon, but I now know that when I do have kids I will not let my children or any child watch this and make them aware of people like this.

Reina Benoir
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Reina Benoir

I fail to see what difference it makes that this character isn’t some Aisha character. I was under the impression that the point was that this show had shown natural hair in a way that’s bloody disrespectful. I don’t care what the character’s name is or that there’s a cool character that shows up in the second season blah blah blah. The point that all these people seem to be missing, is the disrespectful and racist way natural hair was portrayed with THIS character regardless of what the character is called. I don’t understand the apparent need some people have… Read more »

SunnyDaisy
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SunnyDaisy

your the one who completely have missed the point. you are all basing your opinions on information that is inaccurate. The point is the righter obviously doesnt know about the show then has the confidence to write about it. Secondly when writing about the show completely took the scene out of context. Whatever situation in life we deal with, we all know that the context is the most important thing.

Reina Benoir
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Reina Benoir

I haven’t missed the point. You’ve either failed to make yours or have no idea what the point actually is and are making a completely specious argument. It doesn’t matter who the character in question is. The point is about how natural afro-textured hair is depicted. Whether the character is Aisha, Mary, Tamika or whatever, the point is how natural hair is depicted. Bringing up this Aisha character is a ridiculously derailing and blatant changing of the subject. As to taking the scene out of context did you bother to watch the video? The character is wailing because her hair… Read more »

Olympia
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Olympia

My daughter is 6 & she loves that show. She watches it on Netflix all the time. I never saw this episode. I am going to check & see if it is on Netflix with all of the other episodes. That is so mean to make a cartoon that implies that straight hair is good and pretty & afro-textured hair is an ugly mistake. Yes, that is very racist and will damage the self-esteem of little girls if they see it.

SunnyDaisy
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SunnyDaisy

RAISE YOUR OWN KIDS, DONT EXPECT THE WORLD TO DO YOUR JOB FOR YOU! STOP BEING LAZY AND ACTUALLY BOND WITH YOUR CHILD THEN

SunnyDaisy
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SunnyDaisy

I love how people seem to think that this scene, clearly taken out of CONTEXT can somehow going to damage their kids self esteem. My question is this. WHO IS RAISING YOUR KIDS, YOU OR THE TV. When i was young i watched shows that where blatanly racist. Like in your face racist. Alot of parents overlook these shows. My mother brought me up in a loving environment, where i knew who i was and that i was loved and cherished regardless. All the comments on this page, show how lazy some parents are. Instead of allowing your kids to… Read more »

ZintyGirl
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ZintyGirl

For all the people who are wound up about this article Unadinoiwinx has written an informative, truthful article about how she feels about the matter. Do yourselves a favour and read the article. Here’s the link
http://www.unadinoi-winx.com/my-response-to-afrogate-winx-club-is-not-racist/#more-23757

All Natural
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All Natural

As a black person with ALL NATURAL hair that I have worn in a fro many times AND has seen this show, I find your post rather shallow. I have seen every dub of this show including the one that you speak of and was not in any way affected by it. I have confidence in myself and my hair. I do not need a show to tell me who I am or acknowledge my race or uniqueness. Furthermore, I would have been more deeply affected if there were constant instances of ignorance and racial discrimination. Having seen every episode… Read more »

teppuM
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teppuM

I’ve actually had people who touched my hair without permission say that they thought it was going to be bouncy and smooshy like that. I do think that this video is a really negative representation about afros. the character literally says “Normally my hair is straight but then it just poofed up.” And she melts down. She runs into other girls around the corner who look at her and sneer “Nice hair” at her. I think it’s definitely making fun of her hair. And I don’t think that a child, the target audience of this show, is going to be… Read more »

All Natural
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All Natural

The girls who sneer at her are the ones who turned her hair into that mass or wobblyness in the first place. They are witches who are bullies. But to me this episode is not wrong. At the time this episode aired in the early 2000s, most Black girls I know (and I am black) would have felt the same. They all wanted straight long hair and made me feel that my designation to remain natural was wrong. This ideal is perpetuated by their own mothers who have done the same to themselves and took their daughters to get their… Read more »

divergent_fairy
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divergent_fairy

Exsqueeze me? Hi, I’m a Winx fan and I kindly disagree with you. I’m sorry but your research is incorrect. Nickelodeon did not air that episode because they picked up the show at season 5 and it costed too much to dub the first two seasons, so they aired specials in their place. The episode was not redubbed because of that scene. The voice cast in the first video was not approved to air on 4kids TV, they wanted to have their own voice actors for the show. Also, PLEASE do not judge a 6 season series by about 45… Read more »

Stephanie Renée Lawson
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This article is incredibly trite and poorly researched. I agree, this scene was done in extremely poor taste, and it was both a huge risk, and inappropriate to do so, but in the original Italian episode, the character [who is not Aisha, will get to this later] used a wrong ‘spell’ [the show is about magic] and it turned her hair into a jelly blob of sorts. Another character extends a hand to touch it and it makes a splooshing noise and wobbles like water. –– Again, I think the choice to use an afro to convey this aesthetic was… Read more »

Another Black Winx Fan
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Another Black Winx Fan

I’m a black Winx fan who’s had natural hair all her life. When I was in school (in the 90’s and early 2000s), I was teased for my hair, but NOT by white students — but by other black students. They’d laugh at my hairstyles, tell me I needed a perm, refuse to spend time with me because of my “nappy” hair, and draw ugly caricatures of me on the whiteboard. They’d even invite friends from other schools over to join in on mocking me. This went on until at least my sophomore year of high school. I told my… Read more »

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Cheyenne de los Santos de Ermacora
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Cheyenne de los Santos de Ermacora

Hmm, it seems that this post and the comments are a absolute dumpster fire. I know that this a old post but. As a mixed race Mexican-American (Yoruba, Spanish, Italian, Arab, Jewish, Indian, Native American, German, and a lot more), I find this absolutely ridiculous. One, this show is a Italian made show. Italian beauty standards are far different from American beauty standards. Straight hair is considered beautiful, same with wavy hair. That is why her hair was considered a disaster. Are you seriously going to hate on a culture that you have a lot of your “American” things from?… Read more »

Black Girl With Long Hair
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Girl, farewell and goodbye. This space is not for you.

Cheyenne de los Santos de Ermacora
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Cheyenne de los Santos de Ermacora

What did I do wrong? State my opinion? I DO agree that is it not okay to make fun of someone over their hair. I agree I was wrong to not watch the show before replying to this, I only found this because my niece was watching it and I was concerned about this scene. I apologize for sounding rude, and since watching it, the girl before hand had naturally straight hair. That is actually why she was crying. I am of African heritage, and I just went it in with a narrow minded aspect, so that’s why I reacted… Read more »

winxfan
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winxfan

I can’t believe this, Winx club has always been about accepting yourself the way you are and to be yourself no matter what. This scene was showing that the Trix used a spell to make her hair jelly to run her out of the game. If you have ever listened to the Winx club song ‘Mon ami, my friend’, it’ll tell you the exact opposite about the show as this article told you. The lyrics are about how all people should be respected “Africa to Miami, America to Tokio, people are no different at all. We all love our buddies,… Read more »

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