This is really rather fun

Animators have been forced to re-draw Disney’s first black princess after anti-racism campaigners claimed she had been ‘whitewashed’ with lighter skin and straighter hair for her latest role.

Princess Tiana was the first black Disney princess, created for the film ‘The Princess and The Frog’ in 2009. She has been re-animated for the new film ‘Wreck It Ralph 2’, in which all the princesses have a sleepover.

When the trailer was released in May, fans noticed she looked considerably different – her skin was lighter and her corkscrew curls had been tamed to gentle waves.

Color of Change, an anti-racism charity that set up a petition to tell Disney to “stop whitewashing” their black characters, said it had been in conversation with Disney, which agreed to restore the princess to her “original depiction”.

Tiana is, by conception, supposed to be African American. Which is what does make this fun. We could use older words like octoroon – most unfashionable these days – or have a look at the incidence of sickle cell perhaps. The actual colouring and looks of African Americans ranges from markedly pinker than I am through to full on Igbo or Yoruba.

The demand from the campaigners is for a stereotype every bit as much a cliche as the worst Mamie as a Maid from Birth of a Nation. Which is amusing, no?

19 thoughts on “This is really rather fun”

  1. The demand from the campaigners is for a stereotype every bit as much a cliche as the worst Mamie as a Maid from Birth of a Nation. Which is amusing, no?

    Does this mean we get Tom and Jerry back?

  2. No–evidence of socialist evil is never amusing.

    Enraging perhaps but not amusing.

    They should turn her into either an albino or a Swede just to get at the race-baiting bastards.

  3. Perhaps they could copy Mammy Two Shoes from the Tom & Jerry cartoons (the good ones, while Fred Quimby was in charge). They now carry a health warning if viewed on Amazon.

  4. Of course, ten years later they can shake down Disney for hundreds of millions for using a racist and stereotypical image. Call it an investment.

  5. Perhaps they could copy Mammy Two Shoes from the Tom & Jerry cartoons (the good ones, while Fred Quimby was in charge). They now carry a health warning if viewed on Amazon.

    I am amazed they are permitted to be shown at all.

  6. In the remade fantastic 4 film a white character was uncharacteristically blacker than portrayed previously. Or do these people only care about cartoon colouring?

  7. “her skin was lighter and her corkscrew curls had been tamed to gentle waves.”

    Of course, real live black women never try to lighten their skin tone or straighten their hair. Oh, hang on . . .

  8. Roué le Jour –
    “Perhaps they could tell us what colours are acceptable, exactly, in Pantone numbers?”
    ha. But it basically does have to come down to that i suppose.

  9. The fact that these people find ever more trivial things to complain about is proof that they have no important complaints.

  10. This isn’t about Disney characters. It’s about Color of Change. They are selling . . . themselves. People will send them money over this. Their complaint is trivial, yet Disney responded. Disney deserves what they get for playing along.

  11. Currently reading Wodehouse, Right Ho Jeeves.

    “”Uncle Tom?”

    “I wish there was something else you could call him except ‘Uncle Tom’,” said Aunt Dahlia a little testily. “Every time you do it, I expect to see him turn black and start playing the banjo. ”

    Oops

  12. Whoa, everybody hang on!

    Do the staff of Color of Change call each other Nigger? If not, they are not authentic black people and are guilty of Cultural Appropriation!

    See, I’m getting the hang of this stuff!

    Armed with this simple, childish new vocabulary, I can call out anyone in the world about anything! I can become the King of the Left!

    Bugger, fell at the last hurdle…

  13. “The fact that these people find ever more trivial things to complain about is proof that they have no important complaints.”

    The left has such a “supply and demand problem with racism” (C) Mark Steyn, that fake hate crime is an industry:

    http://www.fakehatecrimes.org/

  14. “Disney deserves what they get for playing along.”

    Disney have just gotten a load of publicity for a small amount of work. I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole thing was set up from the start.

  15. With CG, you don’t have to “redraw”. You have 3d models of each character with ways to move them (like eyes, fingers etc). You then make the animation by moving the characters. You record all this and then rendering software puts together the character, movements, background, light and camera angles to make the frame. You want to change a character from redhead to blonde, you just change the model and re-render.

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