A predictable storm in a teacup follows Disney new black princess.
So Disney’s created its first black princess, Tiana, who caused a bit of drama because her boyfriend is white (well, olive-skinned) and speaks with a Brazilian accent.
Apparently her name was meant to be Maddy, but the Disney execs dropped it because it sounded too much like Mammy, ‘a once common term for black female slaves in white households.’ I swear you can’t make this crap up.
Tiana is being hailed as an African-American princess. Huh? What the hell is that exactly? I’ve never bought into that term. I mean should we be calling our pale-face South African brothers European-Africans?
Among the thousands of blog comments about Tiana was this little gem – ‘even though there is a real-life black man in the highest office in the land with a black wife, Disney obviously doesn’t think a black man is worthy of the title prince.’
I’m reading this and I have to remind myself that the hooha is about a doll, a cute well-dressed doll exactly like the other princesses, except that she’s black. So what? Is this really a big deal?
I remember Hannah receiving a bunch of creepy looking ragdolls from her relatives in the UK, they were purple and orange and had stringy hair and weird shaped faces. She loved them.
I see how Maddi interacts with black, white, coloured, and Indian kids at school – there’s even a Chinese/coloured kid. All this shite is about us, the parents. These kids don’t give a rats bottom about the colour of their dolls or their friends. And I’m proud of that fact.
Race issues are a reality in South Africa, we are the experts in racism, and thank God we’re getting it right, slowly. I think Maddi’s kids’ kids will probably have no baggage, but we all still clearly do.
It’s a frigging doll. And so what if she’s snogging a hot olive-skinned Brazilian prince? Who gives a toss? Certainly not the kids who are going to see the movie or buy the doll. But we, us adults, we just don’t know when to keep our traps shut do we? I’ll leave you with this little diamond:
‘What? No black prince? What’s up with this?’ blogged James Collier on Acting White, an anti-racism website
‘Perhaps Disney doesn’t want the future mothers of dwindling white America being imprinted so early in their lives with the notion of a black suitor.’ Am I missing something here? Should we care about the colour of an animated princess’s boyfriend?
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