The Disney film “The princess and the frog” can be regarded as a reflection of the melting pot of America that marked a positive turning point in the Disney films. In Disney films, we often can see the ideology about the White privilege. Whites are always in the power position. For example,all of Disney’s princesses have mostly been white since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. “The princess and the frog” is the first Disney film which shows the African-American princess. From starting with this movie when children imagine an image of the fairy tale princess, they might come up with the not only White princess but also African-American princess in their mind.
However it has drawn a lot of criticism. The most controversy issue was that the prince was not black, while Princess Tiana and many in the cartoon cast are black. The prince skin color was portrayed much lighter than black. Some argued that this gives an implicit meaning of that a black man is worthy of the title of prince. However, it is definitely a black and white way of thinking that showing non-white prince means showing African-American prince. As the reality in America, there are various skin colors. Rather taking it in a negative view, I think it was a good start in Disney films by giving characters much diversity in races than the previous films.
Isn’t it overly sensitive response to see racism inside this movie? Or does this movie still show racism?