Yup. Disney sure was racist before they added a black woman.
Because everyone knows that the only races there are in the world is black and not black.
While I love Princess and the frog, the idea that Disney hadn’t done any other racial differences is mindblowing. I mean really?
Add to that the “Ooh, mixed race couple! How inclusive!” argument.
The last one isn’t even the same fucking species.
I think this was the whole point of that last one.
This pisses me off actually because Snow White was written in 1937. The first Disney princess. You do realize that was before integration laws were passed? People of color weren’t even considered to be a part of those films. The first real Disney film featuring people of color was Aladdin, shown in 1992. Almost 60 years after the first Disney princess film. That’s a long time to even begin to shy away from what’s “normal” and “comfortable.” I am so uneasy about this post, it’s ridiculous. Before you decide to post something on tumblr all half-assed, please research.
Oh, and I could have sworn Pocahontas was Native American. Ciao.
There are so many things wrong with this basic ass post. I don’t even have the time or energy to go into this but all I’m gonna say is
g**sy is a slur
indian =/= native american
"atlantian" isn’t even a real race
fuck outta here with your “post racial America” disney’s totally not racist bullshit.
Actually the first POC to show up in Disney films were in Dumbo and Pinocchio, except both examples were like, RAGINGLY RACIST STEREOTYPES
And then of course you have Sunflower in Fantasia.
But I’m pretty sure the first Leading Character in that was a POC in a Disney film would be Mowgli in Jungle Book but considering the rest of the characters are animals, they don’t exactly get praise for that.
The slurs are upsetting of course, but I think the one thing about this post that always makes me rage the most is the fact that they think having a damn mermaid (a white mermaid at that) in a film is an example of diversity. Literally comparing mermaids to POC.
Also, because the Princess and the Frog’s Naveen is of an ambiguous/undefined/not actually real ethnicity and we consider the pairing mixed race, that means that there is no black prince in Disney canon.
There’s also no Native “prince” though I wouldn’t call him a prince because tbh calling Pocahontas an Indian Princess is super disgusting for a multitude of reasons.
So, I mean, let’s not exactly throw our hands up in celebration that there are at least three WOC (and I’m including Kida in this, although I object to her being in the above image because Atlanteans are mythical) who end up with white men.
Because that’s pretty much just exotification. The idea of white men being with WOC has a very problematic past and definitely speaks of colonization (ESPECIALLY in the case of Pocahontas—don’t even get me started). There also have been no examples of white women with MOC which, I think, also speaks to racist (even if unconsciously) undertones because MOC (particularly black men) are often portrayed in the media as very violent and animalistic, while white women are treated like precious china dolls that we must protect at all costs.
And this goes back a long time, at least within America. White slaveowners and soldiers were raping black and native women (and those two groups of women are still the two ethnic groups with the highest rates of sexual assault committed against them—overwhelmingly by white men) while MOC (particularly black men) are still being murdered/arrested/persecuting for even daring to look at a white woman.
So what we have is this dichotomy of WOC being exotified by white men, and white women only ending up with white men, and MOC being left out of narratives almost completely. I mean, if you think about it, of the four WOC Princesses (Tiana, Mulan, Jasmine and Pocahontas), Mulan and Jasmine are the only ones who end up with men of their own race, and they are also the only ones whose films have 0% white people in them.
And Naveen is almost worse because it’s like they were saying that Tiana wasn’t good enough for a white prince, but black men weren’t good enough to be princes so they just did what I’m sure they thought was a compromise and made him brown, but didn’t give him any ties to anywhere. Which tbh is what most princes are like because most Disney princess films take place in mythical lands that are inspired by real world locations (Snow White isn’t in Germany, but the clothing/architecture/art is all very reminiscent of Germany) so the Princes don’t need to be designated as German/French/English/etc etc. So in that case Naveen is more like them than say, Shang because Shang is designated Chinese from the beginning.
So Naveen’s racial ambiguity wouldn’t be an issue if the filmmakers hadn’t decided they needed to give Tiana’s story a definitive real world setting of New Orleans. Suddenly Tiana lives in our world. She’s a black American. And Naveen’s ambiguity becomes ethically questionable.
IDK tl;dr there are a lot of things at play here.
Deleting my tumblr account.