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   Mar 21

Racially abused Aboriginal girl finally meets Queen Elsa

Three-year-old Samara Muir, who was racially vilified at a Disney Frozen event in May, attends a Melbourne high tea to meet the Norwegian sisters she adores, ‘Anna’ and ‘Elsa’. Photo: Arsineh HouspianA three-year-old Aboriginalgirlwho was racially vilified at a Frozen-themedchildren’sfunction last month had one thing she wantedto say to her favourite film character, Queen Elsa ofArendelle, when she finally got to meet her: “I love you”.
Nanjing Night Net

After being specially invited toa Frozenhigh tea at the Langham hotel, Samara Muir was excited to meet a “real-life”Queen Elsa, telling the ruler thatshe admired her strength and her magical ability to manipulate ice from her hands.

The experience comes afterSamara was racially abused at aDisney princess event at ashopping centre in Taylors Lakes in May. The girl’s mother, RachelMuir, said her daughterwas dressed up in a sparkling blue Elsa costume while they waited in thequeueto go into the centre’s snow-pit installationwhen awoman in the line aheadturned to them and said:”‘I don’t know why you’re dressed up for because Queen Elsa isn’t black”.

Three-year-old Samara Muir, who was racially vilified at a Disney Frozen event in May, attends a Melbourne high tea to meet the Norwegian sisters she adores, ‘Anna’ and ‘Elsa’. Photo: Arsineh Houspian

Samara began to cry and, after the event, Ms Muir said she startedto refuse to attend herAboriginal dance classes and starting trying to “scrub off her black skin”. Saddened by her little girl’s dramatic change in behaviour,Ms Muir shared the experienceon Facebook, quickly receivingthousands of messages of support from across the country.

“It was heartbreaking for me,” recalls Ms Muir. “But withall the messages from everybody it hasbeen overwhelming. She’s not scrubbing her skin any more. I read her all the messages she receives, including a messagefrom Queen Elsa, messages frompeople telling her not to be ashamed of who she is and to be proud.

“I thinkall those those messages have sunk in.”

Samara has also been invited to several events, including being asked to perform in the Disney On Ice Dare to Dreamperformance at Hisense arena on Friday, where she met PrincessCinderellaand helped PrincessRapunzellift a lantern into the air as part of the show. But absent at the performance was Samara’s favourite characters, Norwegian sisters Elsa and Anna.

On Sunday afternoon, after being invited to the high tea when staff heard of her experiences, Samara again donned her blue Elsa costume and set out to meet her idol.

“She makes magic and turns everything to ice,” Samara said of Elsa. “I love her. And Anna.”

Samara joinedmore than 240 other Frozen-obsessed pre-schoolers for the high teaparty.At a hefty $79 a ticket, the event included a high tea frosty feast ofsnowflake cookies, reindeer cupcakes,white chocolate crackles and more traditional fare such asfluffyscones and fairy bread.

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