On Friday the statue of the “Little Mermaid” in Denmark was vandalized with the words “racist fish” across its base. The bronze statue honors Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tale and perches on a rock in the sea off a pier in Copenhagen. No perpetrators have been identified.
The 107-year-old sculpture is visited by 1 million tourists each year. “I am having a hard time seeing what is particularly racist in the fairy tale ‘The Little Mermaid,’” Ane Grum-Schwensen, a researcher at the H.C. Andersen Center at University of Southern Denmark, told local news.
The fairy tale has been on the news lately since last year, Disney announced it is working on a live action remake of the 1989 classic, animated film.