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SNYDE | Racism Unleashed: Outcry Ensues Over Speculations of ‘Mean Girls’ Star Avantika Portraying Rapunzel

SNYDE | Racism Unleashed: Outcry Ensues Over Speculations of ‘Mean Girls’ Star Avantika Portraying Rapunzel

Amidst a whirlwind of baseless rumors, actress Avantika Vandanapu finds herself engulfed in a storm of unwarranted racism across social media platforms. Speculation sparked when unfounded whispers suggested she had landed the role of Rapunzel in an upcoming live-action remake of Disney's "Tangled." On TikTok, a barrage of misguided opinions flooded feeds, with one user boldly declaring, "Unpopular opinion: Rapunzel is a blonde white girl," dismissing the idea of a brown-skinned girl with long black hair embodying the iconic character.

In a tearful TikTok post, a white woman lamented, "Me pretending the little girl in me isn't so upset by the live-action Repunzel casting," amplifying the emotional backlash against Avantika. Venturing onto her personal Instagram account, detractors left hurtful comments, insisting, "You're not meant for Rapunzel, I'm sorry, you don't look anything like her.

Avantika, renowned by her first name, is a 19-year-old Indian-American actress celebrated for her role in the "Mean Girls" musical remake. Despite her confirmed casting in the upcoming Disney+ project "A Crown of Wishes," there is scant evidence linking her to a live-action rendition of "Tangled." Buzzfeed News traced the genesis of the online rumors to a tweet alleging screen tests with Milo Manheim for the roles of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, which the originator later confessed was a jest that spiraled into racist vitriol.

This wave of backlash mirrors previous instances of uproar over actresses of color securing lead roles in Disney adaptations, such as Rachel Zegler as Snow White and Halle Bailey as Ariel in "The Little Mermaid." Yet, amidst the storm, Avantika finds solace in a chorus of supporters rallying against racism. "No way did y'all come to her literal Instagram to spread your hate…," chastised one defender, while another simply proclaimed, "MY RAPUNZEL.

In the face of adversity, Avantika's resilience shines as a beacon of hope against the tide of racism. While the unfounded rumors may have stirred controversy, they have also ignited a powerful conversation about representation and inclusivity in media. Avantika's unwavering supporters serve as a reminder that diversity enriches storytelling and that talent knows no boundaries of race or ethnicity. As the discourse continues, let us champion progress and stand united against discrimination, ensuring that every aspiring actor, regardless of background, has the opportunity to shine onscreen.

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