Netflix’s latest production, Fate: The Winx Saga, a revival series of the original Nickelodeon cartoon, has sparked whitewashing controversy over its mainly white cast.
Netflix just released the first trailer of the much-anticipated live-action series of Winx Club, Fate: The Winx Saga.
But instead of sparking joy and nostalgia, the show received criticism from fans, who claim it lacks the diversity seen in the original Nickelodeon series cast.
Here’s how fans have reacted to the Winx Club reboot.
Fate: The Winx Saga on Netflix
On December 10th, Netflix released the full-length trailer of Fate: The Winx Saga, a revival series of the original Nickelodeon cartoon.
The live-action adaptation comes from The Vampire Diaries co-executive producer Brian Young and follows five fairies at a magical boarding school in the Otherworld as they juggle classes, romantic relationships and saving the world from monsters.
The series will air on Netflix on starting January 22nd, 2021.
Winx Club ‘whitewashing’ controversy explained
The Netflix live action series has attracted criticism from a number of devoted fans of the original show.
According to Winx Club “whitewashing” claims, in the Nickelodeon cartoon, Flora and Musa were originally Latina and Asian characters. Many fans have also pointed out that Tecna is missing entirely from the new Netflix show.
Additionally, some fans feel that the revival is lacking the sparkle and magic of the original show.
One tweeted: “Honestly they just killed my entire childhood by releasing this. Who the hell was in charge of casting because wow this is all wrong. Where is the Latina Flora, the Asian Musa and why is Tecna missing? Netflix letting me down already.”
Meanwhile, another fan added: “Not only did y’all whitewash 2 of the main characters, but where are the faerie aesthetics?!?! It looks like the Winx Club is about to be classmates with Sabrina.”
Another fan took issue with the show’s attempt at being “realistic” by having “horrible fashion”.
Has Netflix responded?
No, Netflix hasn’t addressed the claims made by fans on social media at the time of writing.
The show’s creator, Brian Young, hasn’t offered his thoughts or come forward with a statement either.
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