Disney has agreed to redraw a black princess after lightening her skin and changing her facial features in “Ralph Break the Internet”. How did Disney not think that this would blow up in their face?
Over the summer, fans of Princess Tiana of 2009’s “The Princess and the Frog” noticed that her appearance changed in teasers for the “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel. Her skin tone got lighter and her nose got narrower. What’s next? Will Princess Tiana start wearing Uggs and drinking Pumpkin Spice? As if!
Disney animators met with Anika Noni Rose, actress who provides the voice Tiana, and representatives for Color of Change. The group campaigns for racial representation, including portrayals of black characters in Hollywood. Ok, to “Keep it real”. Color of Change ONLY campaigns for non-white racial representation in Hollywood.
Color of Change provided a statement from Brandi Collins-Dexter, a senior campaign director, thanking Disney.
“Disney’s decision to restore Princess Tiana’s image to that of an unapologetically Black princess with full lips, dark skin and dark hair in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 is a victory for Color Of Change members, Black children and their parents, and Black audiences who want to see the variety of shades, shapes and sizes of Black characters accurately represented in the arts.”