Well, we got ourselves a tempest in a teapot. Disney has a black princess. The prince is not black. Please discuss that amongst yourselves. Do I care? Not particularly. These movies are not made for boys. Animation is expensive and a black princess with a black prince equals a black movie. Disney’s not making anything they can’t merchandise out the back teeth. And even if every little black girl in this country bought a Tiana backpack it would not compensate for the loss.
In order for Disney to make money off this movie, little girls have to relate to the princess and want to be like her. People, for the most part, have no interest in seeing their little girls ride off into the sunset with a black prince. We’ve seen this time and again in discussions about black male heroes in romance and why they have no cross-over appeal. White people do not want to see Negro romance (sex). Therefore they’re not going to take their little girls to see a movie with a black prince.
Apparently Disney has consulted with ‘black leaders’ about this character. Now, if that’s not the scariest thing I’ve ever heard I don’t know what is. If those leaders just happen to come from the Essence magazine crew, you can guarantee at least one scene where Tiana avows her undying love for ‘tha brothas,’ while lamenting that they’ve all gone off with white wimmin. Yes, I’m rolling my eyes at that one.
And, of course, she must be a ‘strong black woman.’ God forbid that a black woman be like every other princess. Nope, she’s got to be strong, because everybody knows black women are strong. Okay, I’ll stop with the sarcasm now. I’m just grateful that I have a son, and am unlikely to ever have to sit through what I fear is going to be a mess of a movie.