Disney’s first black princess, Tiana, is not PC enough for some critics. Princess Tiana, the star of an upcoming Disney movie, turns into a frog when she kisses the wrong frog and has to seek a voodoo queen to get the curse lifted.
Disney has already changed the profession of the princess (an aspiring restaurant entrepreneur instead of a chambermaid) and name (Tiana instead of Maddy, which critics thought was too similar to “Mammy”, a once-common term for black female slaves in white households). Tiana will be played by Anika Noni Rose, who starred in Dreamgirls, while Tiana’s mother will be played by the talk-show host Oprah Winfrey.
The controversy has intensified after it was revealed that the film would be set in New Orleans and that Tiana would find love with a white prince — well, almost. His skin has been described as olive-toned and he will be voiced by Bruno Campos, a Brazilian actor.
When you think about it, the classic princesses — Cinderella and Snow White — worked as maids.