Monday, December 14, 2009

Disney's first black princess

Welcome Tiana! Disney now has a black princess. My wife and daughter got to be a part of a big celebration. 5th 3rd Bank donated a princess party to the after school program that they are a part of for over 50 mothers and daughters. Tiarra's and make-up. Red carpet and stretch limos. They made a big deal of it for them. Three different local news channels covered the story.

So is this a big deal? I mean the Obama's are in the White House. I believe it is for young African-American girls who have never quite seen themselves in Cinderella or Jasmine.

I read an article today in the Chicago Tribune which talked about why this is meaningful to African-Americans.

I was actually suprised that co-director John Musker said "he never knew African-American women may have been waiting for decades for a black princess". This is how disconnected we often are from the experience of others.

I have not seen the movie. I have already heard some of the criticisms, but I am glad that in 2009 Disney is now offering a princess story that features a princess with black skin.

Do you think this is a significant event?

3 comments:

Sean, Mandy, Mack and Levi said...

YES - it is a big deal!!!! We heard the controversy as well but took the boys last Friday night and went and saw it - good on many levels

Jesse Curtis said...

Wow Kevin, that IS a party. Seems kinda funny. But yes, though I never would have thought about it, it clearly is a big deal. One of the girls Alicia babysits loves all the disney characters, and when you think about it, it was odd that none of them looked like her until now.

KG said...

Interesting that it has not made more news that it has. Maybe people are so into Tiger Woods mistakes that they are missing some good news.