Mar
16
2007

Disney's new princess

Disney recently announced its first black princess, Maddy, who will star in "The Frog Princess," expected to open in 2009.

Princess: Is it important for kids to have favorite characters that look like they do?
Princess: Is it important for kids to have favorite characters that look like they do?

So far, Disney has created 8 princesses (although "princess" is a loose term):

  • Cinderella
  • Snow White
  • Aurora, from Sleeping Beauty
  • Briar Rose, from "Beauty and the Beast"
  • Ariel, from "The Little Mermaid"
  • Jasmine, from "Aladdin"
  • Pocahontas
  • and Mulan.

Ariel's the current fave at my house, with Jasmine running a close second. (I just have to grit my teeth and get through this princess phase!)

Do you think it's important for princess-loving little girls to have heroines that look like them?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Lauren's picture
Lauren says:

I like Ariel, but I'm not a mermaid.

posted on Fri, 03/16/2007 - 3:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

True. True.

posted on Fri, 03/16/2007 - 5:29pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It's okthat you are not a mermaid it's goodto have an amagantion

posted on Sat, 03/24/2007 - 12:31pm
Don't question my authority's picture
Don't question my authority says:

I think that it does matter what princess look like because so far every black little girl has to look at the white people and that can lead to low self esteem. It is kinda saying that black people can't be rich or can't be a princess because they are not like the other princesses. Just imagine if you had to grow up with no princess that looked like you and you loved princess you would proably question why can't I be them why do they have to be a different color than me. Thats why they should make different race princess so every girl has someone to look up too. Oh and mulan is not really a princess she is a warrior have you every thought about that and neither is Aurora so why do we call them a princess. I think every girl is a princess!!!!
Mulan Ann

posted on Sun, 10/07/2007 - 6:48pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

aurora is a princess. You should watch the movie again

posted on Wed, 12/10/2008 - 3:10pm
King Triton's picture
King Triton says:

Ariel is rather cool. too bad she sold her sole to the sea witch, ursula so she could get hitched with that human guy. He's ok. I'm king triton and i can blast you with my triton because im the king of it....

posted on Fri, 03/16/2007 - 5:26pm
Erica the Mermaid's picture
Erica the Mermaid says:

Well, Lauren, I LOVE Ariel, and I AM a mermaid!!!!! So THERE!!!

posted on Fri, 03/16/2007 - 5:27pm
Erica the Princess's picture
Erica the Princess says:

I am every little girl's role model, and they don't even know it. Wanna know why???? It's because i am all the disney princesses at the same time

posted on Fri, 03/16/2007 - 5:30pm
Diana's picture
Diana says:

I like Cinderella,
but I am not a princess.

posted on Fri, 03/16/2007 - 7:32pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Briar rose is not from Beauty and the Beast. A girl named Belle is.

posted on Sat, 03/17/2007 - 9:56am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Absolutely.
Belle is the Beauty and the Beast princess;
Briar Rose is the alias of Aroura from Sleeping Beauty

posted on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 8:04pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Briar Rose and Aurora are the same person. :)

posted on Sat, 03/17/2007 - 10:59pm
Avital's picture
Avital says:

It doesn't matter to me if the Disney princess looks like me. As long as they save themselves from mean guys, that's what matters to me. -- Avital, age 5 1/4 years-old.

posted on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 11:55am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

To avital and parent dont believe that one bit. By identifying to the different cultures and races only then can we become more knowledgable about or world.

posted on Wed, 12/10/2008 - 3:15pm
ELAINE HADNOT's picture
ELAINE HADNOT says:

I like the idea of a black princess. I have three black princesses living in my home.(my three daughters). Out of the eight Disney princesses, there are only three that are not white: Mulan, Jasmine, and Pocahontas. Although my daughters embrace all of the princesses in their play, movie watching, and imitations, a black princess will be someone they can truly identify with and aspire to become in their childplay. Kudos to Disney for their diversity, and I hope the black princess is represented in the same light as all the others.

posted on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 3:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

shes fine

posted on Thu, 03/22/2007 - 2:09pm
A Dub in Da Club's picture
A Dub in Da Club says:

Why does the first black princess have be a frog?
That's messed up.

posted on Thu, 03/22/2007 - 3:35pm
OLO's picture
OLO says:

*rolls eyes* they didn't decide to create a black princess just to demoralize her, silly. They created a beautiful story, and THEN decided to make the protagonist black. Lo and behold, as soon as they decided that, they were condemned racist.
*rolls eyes*
How ironic.
And how childish.

posted on Sun, 11/08/2009 - 12:54am
Kate Smith's picture
Kate Smith says:

i dunno

posted on Thu, 03/22/2007 - 4:54pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

A black princess is overdue. I think it's important to add to the "princess rainbow" because the marketing is so pervasive it has the potential to change attitudes and equalize the playing field.

posted on Thu, 03/22/2007 - 5:20pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that Disney has done a pretty good job of showing diversity in their princesses, but they still haven't had a black princess.

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 10:38am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

There next movie is featuring their first black princess, I am not sure of the name of the movie.

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 11:32am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Read the original post at the top of this thread. The new movie is called "The Frog Princess," and it's supposed to open in 2009.

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 12:14pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

NO Princesses!!!!!

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 11:33am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

No I don't think it is important to have a hero that looks like them. It's absolutley stupid!

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 11:57am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

im sorry u must be white or something where everything looks like you. Now thats stupid and boring and an unrealistic view of the world. Please do the world a favor and stop being close minded.

posted on Wed, 12/10/2008 - 3:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think it would really be good for their morale and they will eventually grow out of it.

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 11:57am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

NO!

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 12:02pm
Claire smart's picture
Claire smart says:

Is this the new disney princess or a fake child in disguise.

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 12:47pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Are you asking about the photo at the top of this page?

If you click on the link (in red) in the original post, you can get a preview of "Maddy, the Frog Princess."

The kid in the picture is neither a new Disney princess or a fake child in disguise. :)

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 12:54pm
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sweetescapeme says:

MULAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! big fav. in my family. & Jasmine from Aladin too.

Daddy couldn't be all wrong
And my mama made me learn this song
That's why
I can't help falling in love
I fall deeper and deeper the further I go
Kisses sent from heaven above
They get sweeter and sweeter the more that I know

-Madonna-

posted on Sat, 03/24/2007 - 6:44am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Belle is the princess from Beauty and the Beast, not Briar Rose.

posted on Sat, 03/24/2007 - 7:35pm
Lillian's picture
Lillian says:

I don't think it matters if the princess looks like them or not. Anybody can be a "princess." It doens't matter at all what race or color you are.

posted on Sun, 03/25/2007 - 5:00pm
Claire's picture
Claire says:

I don't think it really matters as long as they have the same personality or at least can act like the character. Also the skin color doesn't matter bcuz its not like anyone cares what the skin color is its the person inside of it. hehe

posted on Sun, 03/25/2007 - 5:03pm
Samantha's picture
Samantha says:

I think all races should have a princess of their own.

posted on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 10:15am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

kudos for disney for getting a black princess! Belle is still the best princess!

posted on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 12:31pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i disagree the little mermaid is the best an belle wasnt born a princess but ariel was so i dont think she is the best

posted on Thu, 12/04/2008 - 8:43pm
kcampbell's picture
kcampbell says:

i agree with you . but i dont think that the little mermade was born a princess.

posted on Fri, 12/05/2008 - 10:44am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that all race should be able to have someone who looks like them as a heroine because that can relly boost them up with a self esteem of being pround of themself

posted on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 12:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

my favourite princesses are pochahontas, ariel,and jasmine but i do not look like them and I am also not same the race as them.

posted on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 3:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i like cinderella.

posted on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 4:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i say it doesn't matter what color you are, i like all of the princesses.

posted on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 4:39pm
Taylor's picture
Taylor says:

I noticed that out of the 8 disney princesses 5 are white, one is asian, one is middle eastern and only one is native american. Why isn't there an african american princess??? FYI: Briar Rose is not from beauty and the beast, she's from sleeping beauty! They mean belle.

posted on Thu, 03/29/2007 - 9:37am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Yes. Did you read the original post? Disney is releasing "The Frog Princess" in 2009, which will feature the first black "princess." Her name is Maddy.

posted on Thu, 03/29/2007 - 10:05am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I notice that the black princess is not an African princess, but an African-American princess. Is there not enough African folklore that has a princess character that young girls could aspire to? Of course there is. I want the black princess to celebrate African culture, like Mulan does for Chinese culture.

posted on Thu, 03/29/2007 - 10:33am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

I totally see your point.

But I think there would have been disappointed people either way.

I think the solution is to make more movies that feature a whole range of heroes and heroines.

posted on Thu, 03/29/2007 - 10:51am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Young girls admire princesses and right now there are many different races in the princesses world. If there were a black princess then I think that young girls would learn young that we may look different but really were are all the same or in this case we are all princesses.

posted on Thu, 03/29/2007 - 11:20am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I believe that it is incredibly important for girls to look up to role models who look like they do. What little girl doesn't want to be a princess? However, if you are an African American you can never be like one of the Disney princesses because there is not one with a dark skin color; therefore, you can never be a true princess. Although some might say that this is a silly example of how race matters, I believe that it is an incredibly important example.

posted on Fri, 03/30/2007 - 6:13pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Of course it is! Everybody comes in different colors,sizes,and shapes! it doesnt matter what you look like, it just matters that you have a view and that view isnt restricted.

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 10:23am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think its very important for princessess to look like tham b/c some people might be like oh i dont have red hair so i cant fall in love or sing or im not blonde so i wont find prince charming.. if that makes any sense

posted on Fri, 03/30/2007 - 9:04pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that there should be a black princess, not because it would be the right thing to do, but because little girls and boys will idolize them, and connect to them. Having people of different races in movies will familiarize them with and with other people they know in real life

-Max and Katrina

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 3:03pm
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petranella says:

I think it's cool that there will be a different kind of person as a princess. I think the movie will be great!

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 4:15pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

oh fun

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 6:51pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

peter pan was a bit princessy

posted on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 10:25am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I like the way they have a new princess because I think that disney is saying that any girl can be a princess no matter what color. I agree with having a black princess.

posted on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 12:25pm
River's picture
River says:

I find it interesting that the new Disney princess story is based in the United States and has a title reminiscent of a European fairy tale. The "original" Disney princess stories were based on European fairy tales, which made their European-looking princesses a logical choice. Mulan was based on an Asian folk tale, and Jasmine on a Middle Eastern one. Why didn't Disney choose from the traditional African and Egyptian princess folk tales? Perhaps it's because Americans spend more on movies and their merchandising tie-ins than do Africans? It seems a shame that Disney chose to base its "black princess" story on a made-up "American" story (another rags-to-riches tale promoting the American dream?) rather than to expose kids to the riches of another culture.

posted on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 2:16pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

You make a valid point!

posted on Sat, 04/21/2007 - 1:10pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It's not the first time Disney is not faithful to the geographical location of the story they adapt.

Aladdin is one example, the original story is actually set in China!

posted on Mon, 09/14/2009 - 6:04am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Absolutely, I have two daughters who love princess movies and dolls, and beleive that they would be beautiful if they could look like those dolls. They need to be able to see that they are represented in movies and dolls too! They are indeed beautiful but when they don't see it in the media it is hard to understand. I would think that many other parents of girls like mine would think so too!!
Deb

posted on Fri, 04/06/2007 - 3:33pm
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Megan Wisbar says:

Yes, i think it is important for young girls to have a Princess to look up to. i know that when i was younger, i only had pocohantus with me being an asian girl. later on, mulan came along.

posted on Tue, 04/17/2007 - 4:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I believe River makes a good point... I do believe that a black princess is long overdue and as an African American I believe that it will make a great impact on black children around the globe, but why does the prince have to be white?... Why cant he be one of our black princes?

posted on Sat, 04/21/2007 - 1:06pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think it is very important for young girls/boys to have people of the race they identify with to look up to

posted on Thu, 04/26/2007 - 6:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think that it wiuld be a good thing for young girls to have some one to look up too. so yes i think it would be a good idea to have disneys princesses of all race

posted on Sat, 04/28/2007 - 5:58pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

she's really pretty!

posted on Mon, 04/30/2007 - 11:25am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

YES I always loved jasmine the best because she looked more like me than any othe princess and she was still a total hottie!

girls always need role models or figures to admire that are like them... be it racially or otherwise. The idea of "ideal beauty" that girls create for themselves is often based a lot on what they see around them... in my opinion and experience at least

posted on Fri, 05/04/2007 - 8:50pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

So...does the fact that Jasmine has dark hair and dark skin make her a more realistic icon of "ideal beauty"? I can't think of a single real woman, models included, who looks like Jasmine.

Here's a great little movie I found on the Dove "Campaign for Real Beauty" website: even models don't look like models without the help of an entourage of hair and makeup folks, and then a serious PhotoShop session besides.

(If you search YouTube or Google video for Dove commercials or movies you'll find a few others that are also pretty great.)

Like I've said in this thread before, I'm all for as much diversity as Disney can turn out. But I think "diversity" is more than skin-deep, and I'd like to see some characters celebrated for their abilities instead of their appearance.

posted on Thu, 05/10/2007 - 10:01am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I do not believe that you have to be a ceartain race to be "ideal beauty" Although I am a person of color also, I can't think of another real woman who looks like me.

posted on Thu, 05/10/2007 - 10:31am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It's good to different races.

posted on Sun, 05/06/2007 - 3:08pm
Muse's picture
Muse says:

YES!!! As an African-American female, I think the story of a princess who looks like us is long overdue. I grew up on Disney movies, and the lack of diversity until productions like Pocohantas and Mulan were saddening. I feel that although role models for children come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, it is still very important to have someone to look up to who reminds them of tthemselves. DISNEY, IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!!

posted on Thu, 05/10/2007 - 7:29am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

You know, I agree that it's important for kids to have role models and heroes that look like they do. So I'm glad that Disney heroines are becoming more diverse.

For a long time, I thought I was just anti-princess. And I guess that's still true, but it's more complicated than that.

I don't like the way the princesses look, no matter what color they are. (Whatever your eye, skin, or hair color, most of us don't have legs miles long, or waists that can be spanned with the hands, or eyes that take up our whole faces, or hair to the waist.) I guess that's why I'm uncomfortable with Barbie, too: it's an impossible physical idea, and it's not a physical ideal that promotes ABILITY.

(Mulan is an exception to this, I think.)

AND I don't like the plotlines to most of the stories. I know they're traditional, and Disney has, if anything, made them more palatable instead of less so... But let's look at Ariel, from The Little Mermaid, for example:

She's sixteen. She's forbidden by her father to have any contact outside her own group (perhaps for good reason, but that's a hard one to explain). She disobeys, and falls in love with a man she doesn't even know, solely on the basis of his appearance. (And possibly his love for his dog.) We don't know how old he is. To try to win this man, runs away from home, fundamentally alters her body, and gives up contact with her family. Oh, and by the way, if she FAILS to get this guy to kiss her, she turns into a worm. Forever. Things are looking grim, but it all works out in the end. She gets to keep her new body and her boy, and maybe visit with her family once in a while. Never mind that she's still sixteen, but now she's MARRIED and that's all she's ever aspired to.

I get that my little girl loves all things princess-y. Honest. But I kind of don't WANT her to identify with Ariel! Or any of the others, for that matter.

It's not that there's anything wrong with wanting to get married. It's just that there's so much more to life, and why be thinking about that when you're only three years old?

posted on Thu, 05/10/2007 - 9:59am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Nobody cares

posted on Thu, 05/10/2007 - 11:00am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I agree with you exactly

posted on Thu, 05/10/2007 - 11:06am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I kind of understand where you are coming from, but you have to realize that it is fantasy. the princesses have to be someone that little girls can look up to and say i want to be her. and through there imagination they become her. By picking characters with conventional beauty, all girls are able to fall into that category. whether a child is fat or slim, disabled or healthy they can imagine to be her. However, I must admit that i am ecstatic that there will be a black princess joining the ranks. I think as time goes on and the world continues to adapt unconventional ideas of beauty so will Disney. So one day there may be an overweight princess or a princess with a prosthetic leg.

posted on Wed, 05/30/2007 - 9:45pm
Caz's picture
Caz says:

"Disney Princesses" is just a cheesy marketing strategy. Lets be realistic. This character is not a black princess. America does not have princesses, now or in the 1920s. For that matter, African cultures don't have princesses of the type that Disney portrays, even those African cultures which have royalty have a very different kind from European nations. For that matter, as many as half of the current "Disney Princesses" are not Princesses either. I have to agree with earlier posters that in order to have an actual black Princess "fairy tale" they would have to appeal to genuine African folklore. Frilly ball-gowns are not consistent with any historically or mythologically accurate archetype of African royalty. As for the people getting distressed at the possibility of the character being a chambermaid, its 1920s New Orleans--thats not racism, its historical realism.

posted on Thu, 05/31/2007 - 1:21pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I believe that each and every little girl is a princess no matter what race or anything else. All that matters is that they know that they are special in every way. I thing that Maddy the new princess is a great idea because not only does it give and new perspective on Disney, it shows everyone that race dosen't matter.

posted on Mon, 06/04/2007 - 7:13pm
SC's picture
SC says:

I applaud Disney for their blatant display of capitalism (another rant entire, but this is a different soapbox, so I'll save it). While I will admit that as an African American child, I always wondered why there were no princesses that looked like me (Jasmine and Pocahontas were my favorites, simply because their skin vaguely resembled mine), I'm glad that my little cousins, who are both in the princess stage now, will have a princess of their own.

posted on Tue, 06/05/2007 - 1:28am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I have been trying to down play princess stuff with my little girl who loves princesses because of the fact that there is no african princess.

I would rather her not identify with princess at all, if they can't offer one that validates black beauty.

My four year old has been commenting about wanting long hair like she sees with her white friends. I know that she is very in tune with fashion and beauty even at such a young age and it really concerns me. I grew up like a tom boy ....but having a girly girl is another ballgame.

They are introducing a black princess, Frog Queen in 2009. Why do they call her a Frog Queen??? Sorry, but that even sounds really messed up to me. I also wonder why they are calling her name "Maddy?" It's as if the creators are racist (covertly or overtly.)
Maybe its not intintional, but they really should get some consultants like the Organization of Black Designers to help out. The whole voodoo content is concerning too....but that is a reflection of my strong Christian beliefs and perhaps a different topic.

We are going to Disneyworld next week for vacation and I am seriously thinking of not taking my little girl to the Princess theme area because I hear there is still no black princess there.

What she doesn't see/or know wont hurt her self esteem.

Sincerely,

D

posted on Fri, 08/03/2007 - 6:30am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i like rose!!!! i would love to have a voice as beautiful as her!!!! and i would also like 2 go deep in the forest and have animal friends! even though in real life that would never happen!!

posted on Sun, 08/05/2007 - 3:31pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i like auora!!! and even though in not as pretty as her and sing as pretty like her!!!!! she is still myrole model

posted on Sun, 08/05/2007 - 3:35pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Yes, children should have someone to identify with. and i don't feel princess maddy looks black. just her color but features look like the other cocassion princesses.

posted on Mon, 08/20/2007 - 8:40am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

I think a lot of people feel like you do.

She doesn't look stereotypically "black." But it's also hard to point to any specific feature as the problem.

A close family friend is a teacher in an urban school, and the vast majority of her students are African-American or Asian. She did a lab in preparation for a visit to the National Holocaust Museum where the students measured each others' noses (and a few other features). The kids were sure that the measurements would indicate race. But they don't. The class was unable to pick out anyone on the basis of nose measurements. The same is true of skin color, hair texture, lips, or any other trait you might choose to look at. So it's hard to say what Maddy "should" look like.

I know what you're saying: it would be nice to have more diversity in princesses, as in everything else. I wish the princesses looked more like real girls/women instead of doe-eyed, big-breasted, wasp-waisted, long-legged, flowing-tressed dolls, and I recognize that children of color have even less to identify with.

Mulan is the favorite princess at our house right now, and I'm glad of it. Mulan participates in her own life. She's mistress of her own destiny. She's smart and creative and strong and capable and funny and loyal, and she looks like a real person. (Well, as much as any Disney character does, anyway...) Maybe the real solution isn't to make single movies for each group, but to make lots of movies with good, real-looking heroes and heroines of all races.

posted on Mon, 08/20/2007 - 11:15am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it's about time

posted on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 10:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The colors of the princesses do NOT matter. Naturally, it's very neat to have a princess with the same skin color as you, but the reason Disney didn't do an African-American princess is not because they were discriminating against race, but that there were virtually no exciting black fairytales. So, they used the "Frog Prince" by the Brother's Grimm and revissed it to make it into a story about a black princess.

posted on Sat, 06/21/2008 - 3:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

And for those of you who say there are African-American stories, yes, there are. But Disney wasn't able to use them because they didn't fit into the princess storyline. There may have been a few, but did you ever think they didn't contain appropriate content or maybe the storyline was too short? Disney had to work very hard on Beauty and the Beast because every night, the Beast simply asked Beauty to marry him. Disney had to come up with other ideas for the movie. Disney is probably working very hard on this film for you, just like they did with the other princess films. You should be happy, because Disney is taking an originally German fairytale and turning it around and inside out to make a fairytale according to what you desire.

posted on Sat, 06/21/2008 - 3:41pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Some time ago I read about Disney's new princess Alia, she is supposed to be from New Orleans and would be the first black princess. If I remember correctly she is to be released in December of this year. I'm looking forward to her release. It will be a great seller for Disney. As well millions of African American girls will have someone that looks like them as a role model. (Including my little girls).Someone they want to be like and can be since they can never really be like the white princesses.

posted on Fri, 07/11/2008 - 6:06pm
Shannon's picture
Shannon says:

I think there should be princesses of all nationalities. About the complaint that the prince is white, I think it is a good thing. Had they made the prince black, I think it would imply that black women can only marry black men. Having a white prince shows acceptance of interracial relationships. I am white and my husband is Mexican. My parents being hippies from the baby boom were accepting, but his traditional Catholic old fashioned parents were less than supportive. Television and movies should have more interracial relationships where race isn't the focus of the whole movie. This will teach children that we are all the same and we should treat people as such. Love knows no color.

posted on Sat, 07/12/2008 - 1:12am
Dani's picture
Dani says:

To the person who said that the Princess is a frog... Can you be that dumb?! The story is about a princess being stalked by a frog who is actually a prince under a spell. The only way he can become human again if if a princess kisses him, but no princess wants to. So he follows her around trying to get her to like him enough so he will kiss her. The story is an old classic and everyone should know of it. And the title is The Princess and the Frog. Not The Frog Princess. The story is set in New Orleans but the princess's name is not Alia but Tiana. It was originally Maddy but they thought it was too poor and low class sounding so they changed it. And if you do so research you will that not all the princesses seen as white are white. Some are form different times like Cinderella who lives in medieval times and is most likely European as there are not castles here in the US. Same with Snow White who I believe is German. They may have light skin but that does not make them "white". White is a reference to a English person who family came from England long ago to the Americas. So a light skinned German is not white, nor is someone born in England. Only those who came over from England and live in US are white as the move changed their language and traditions greatly. Many mixed with the Native Americans as well and a new race was formed.

posted on Wed, 08/27/2008 - 8:26am
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JGordon says:

You got the part about the princess and the frog right!

And you're sort of right about "white" being a somewhat arbitrarily assigned description, but, really, I think color terms like "white" and "black" aren't strongly associated with national heritage—Americans with English heritage aren't the only "white" people, nor are they necessarily all "white" themselves.

posted on Wed, 08/27/2008 - 9:54am
Frankie Voss's picture
Frankie Voss says:

What the heck are you talking about!!!!! You know nothing about national heritage!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 08/27/2008 - 12:57pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Yeah, you're probably right. Except that it isn't the same thing as "race."

Race is a much more relative and fluid concept. Cultural perceptions of what makes someone black or white or whatever change from place to place and from time to time. It's a tricky subject, and it involves a lot of factors. The country your relatives are from doesn't necessarily matter.

posted on Wed, 08/27/2008 - 1:45pm
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Anonymous says:

so when was belle's name announced as briar rose? i must have missed that. a black princess huh....i'd have to say, choosing to associate it with a frog may not get good responses...but then hey, what do i know, there may be cultures where the frog is magnificent and honored.

posted on Wed, 12/10/2008 - 4:11pm
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SGK says:

No because that would only show racial inequality which MLK fought against. A girl can look at Disney character and adore her for her personality, strong-will, and that Disney fire burning in her to fight for what's right. Although it is not necessary to have Disney princesses to look like the girls who watch them, equality would state we need a princess for every background of the young audience.

posted on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 7:39pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that it is adorable for kids to have heroes, and that it is important too, because they have someone to look up too and even though they arent real, they still set up a god example. I think that kids should have heroes like this little girl

posted on Wed, 03/04/2009 - 3:22pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Actually, you must be blind because Princess jasmine ", havent you ever heard of the color beige! go google image her and you will see for yourself. She looks like the modern day kim kardashian. She is Iranian, and Iranians are known to be fair skinned! Just because she isnt from Europe, doesnt classify her as brown/dark/black. There seems to be alot of ignorance going around. Middle easterners are olive/fair/light toned.

posted on Sun, 02/26/2012 - 12:20am

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