Disney’s 1st black princess

19 03 2009

Move over Snow White. Make room for Disney’s first black princess

With America’s first African-American president in the White House, Disney is counting on an African-American princess to be a big hit in Hollywood.

But even though The Princess and the Frog isn’t released until later this year, it is already stirring up controversy.

For while Princess Tiana and many in the cartoon cast are black – the prince is not.

Which has led some critics to complain that Disney has ducked the opportunity for a fairytale ending for a black prince and princess.

While some have hailed Disney’s decision as a reflection of melting pot America, others say the company is sending out a mixed message.

Although the black princess’s love interest in the new animated musical is called Prince Naveen of Maldonia and is voiced by a Brazilian actor, he looks more white than black in photographs from the film that Disney have released.

Even though she ends up with a somewhat white fella, is having the first black princess progress enough?





3 responses

22 03 2009
nicole 'cherries tnt' louis

nope it aint progres enuf. its tokenism. they cud’v made da prince a black stud muffin. it wud’v been soooo nice an great 4 black or even asian kids. cha… im not a happy bunny. dey shud hav jus made her white an dun!

28 03 2009
Fr... the geek

init though, why bother if ya only gonna do half a job!

30 06 2009

It really doesn’t matter people!

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