The princess of New Orleans

The Princess and the Frog, the Disney cartoon set in NO with the Black princess, is coming soon.  I was happy to hear a while back that the princess was local, but the NYT discusses the impact of the movie on stereotypes.  I’m pretty sensitive to these things, and I happen to think that most animation relies on stereotypes, usually without notable consequence.  But I thought this was a little excessive as an argument about setting the thing here:

Disney should be ashamed.  This princess story is set in New Orleans, the setting of one of the most devastating tragedies to beset a black community.

Huh?  To my mind, all the more reason to counter the stereotypes of the city that media coverage of the storm instilled.

Others claim that the prince is not Black, which seems a little weird, but they don’t show him on the website, so that may mean they’re editing to avoid the controversy.  I don’t know.

Anyway, it’s good that Disney is diversifying its palette, but I’d think parents would be more concerned about reinforcing the notion that you need a prince in the first place.


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