"Mother Gothel’s design makes me uncomfortable. Her dark, thick, curly hair, her sharp nose, and the way her features are generally perceived as more "ethnic" in comparison to all the other human characters in Tangled—it all reminds me of an archetype for Jewish women"
Interesting fact: The stereotypical witch found in fairy tales was usually portrayed as the stereotypical Jew in order to spread anti Semitic propaganda.
This is also where we get the “greedy Jew” stereotype, as goblins, hobgoblins, gnomes and dwarves were also portrayed as the harmful Jewish archetype.
In the middle ages, it was a sin for a Christian to hoard or handle large amounts of money, which left the profitable banking industry open to Jews. It’s ridiculous that Christians created the stereotype to avoid a sin, and this stereotype is still portrayed and spread today
I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THIS FOR MONTHS especially since if mother gothel looks like a nazi propaganda-esque jewish woman, and she steals the most aryan-looking baby in the kingdom to use its essence in a ceremony…
like does that smell like blood libel or am i paranoid
Fucking spot on. Mother Gothel, Jafar, Scar, Captain Hook, the witch in Snow White…look at the facial features they have in common. Then look at the Jewish Ashkenazi ethnotype.
This is why it’s so important to me that we have actresses like Lisa Edelstein (best known for her role as Dr. Lisa Cuddy, from House).
Compare this picture here to the picture of Gothel. Look at their hair, nose, eyes, even the prominent collarbones (not that that’s a Jewish thing, but it’s a similarity).
The best difference is that Lisa is real. She’s a strong woman who has not hidden her Jewish ethnicity. She might straighten her hair from time to time, but she hasn’t gotten a nose job (as so many in her position would) and she hasn’t denounced her heritage.
The Ashkenazi body is gorgeous (so are many other Jewish bodies; all of them, in fact). We should reclaim it. I want to see more positive expressions of this ethnotype, I want more “good” characters with these body types.
This is exactly why my character Rivka, and her nose, mean so much to me. I wanted her to be heroic, kind, brave, loving, and stand for goodness. I wanted her to be everything Gothel is not. WITH my nose.
(I know she doesn’t have dark hair, but I was basically imagining a Captain America serum-ized version of myself.) But, basically, yeah. Those coded features, demonstrating heroism and nurturing. Fiercely positive and fiercely Jewish.
Shabbat shalom, Tumblr.
(Art credit Rachel Matz and erikahammerschmidt)
Also may I just add that in the introduction sequence of Tangled, they literally say “Although she easily could’ve shared the golden flower with the kingdom she kept it for herself”
Rich Jews keeping their money out of greed instead of helping the country going through financial crisis was a trope often used by Nazi propaganda.