You may have noticed a new series pop up on Netflix over the weekend called Fate: Winx Saga and wondered where you’ve heard the word Winx before.
Cast your mind back to the early noughties, when cartoons about magic ran your life. There was an animated series called Winx Club starring a bunch of fairies with magical powers.
Well, the series is a live-action version of that but sadly, as pointed out by fans, some of your favourite characters were whitewashed in the Netflix adaptation.
After the long-anticipated trailer for Fate: The Winx Saga was released back in December 2020, fans of the original animated series called out the Netflix adaptation, accusing them of whitewashing its lead characters, Terra and Musa.
they did NOT just do that to my girl musa…as an asian i watched winx growing up and musa was always my favorite character because she looked like me and now in the live action film she's white i
— gem (@gemimaelie) December 11, 2020
While Netflix has not yet addressed the backlash, lead actress Abigail Cowen, who plays fire fairy Bloom, said in an interview with The Wrap that she believes “it’s important that we are having these conversations.”
“I’m not part of the casting process, but I do think, if the series does go to a second season, I think hopefully these concerns are something that will be addressed,” she told the publication.
She added, “I do think diversity both in front of and behind the camera is vital and much-needed throughout the industry and internationally.”
Fate: Winx Saga is now streaming on Netflix.