She’s not coming until Christmas, but it seems that everybody is talking about her already. Meet Tania, Disney’s new princess in it’s new animated movie “The Princess and the Frog“. She gets a lot of attention because this time, finally after so many years, Disney created a dark skin color princess. Yes, she’s the first Disney’s African-American princess. The director is happy because he said that finally there’s a cartoon icon that African-American girls can proudly embrace, a princess that can be a role model for them.
Of course, critics are coming. Some say that Tiana’s skin is not dark enough, but it’s just simply tan – a skin color that is adored in America. Some other people complained about the prince, who is white. Why can’t they both be black? Some people protested. It seems that after all, Disney’s hero should be a white man.
Disney seems to be very careful in dealing with this issue of race. It is reported that they are consulting with Oprah to make sure that there’s no lines or dialog that can be considered sensitive to this issue. Oprah by the way, is also take part in the movie narrating as Eudora, Tiana’s mother. It is said that Disney has also changed Tiana’s name and employment in order to be more racially sensitive.
They also promoted that this time the story will be different. A kiss does not turn the frog into a prince, but instead, it turns Tiana into a frog as well and together they have to find a way to be back to human form again.
Well, I don’t care much about Tiana’s skin color, something that Disney seems to be proud about. To me, the story is still classic in terms of Disney’s image of a princess: no matter what the skin color is, they all have size 0! If Disney is expecting Tiana to be children’s role model, gosh, our children would have to starve themselves like crazy in order to be as skinny as her.
If there’s a new approach that Disney should do, it’s to change the hip size of their princess! If they do then I’ll watch the movie.
By the way, this morning I listened to a song on the radio that has a strong message about how girls should stop to think-skinny. The song is by Jonny Diaz, More Beautiful You.
More Beautiful You
Little girl fourteen flipping through a magazine
Says she wants to look that way
But her hair isn’t straight her body isn’t fake
And she’s always felt overweight
Well little girl fourteen I wish that you could see
That beauty is within your heart
And you were made with such care your skin your body and your hair
Are perfect just the way they are
There could never be a more beautiful you
Don’t buy the lies disguises and hoops they make you jump through
You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do
So there could never be a more beautiful you
Little girl twenty-one the things that you’ve already done
Anything to get ahead
And you say you’ve got a man but he’s got another plan
Only wants what you will do instead
Well little girl twenty-one you never thought that this would come
You starve yourself to play the part
But I can promise you there’s a man whose love is true
And he’ll treat you like the jewel you are
So turn around you’re not too far
To back away be who you are
To change your path go another way
It’s not too late you can be saved
If you feel depressed with past regrets
The shameful nights hope to forget
Can disappear they can all be washed away
By the one who’s strong can right your wrongs
Can rid your fears dry all your tears
And change the way you look at this big world
He will take your dark distorted view
And with His light He will show you truth
And again you’ll see through the eyes of a little girl…