And I think that's the best attitude to have when it's about race in the media. We have a looong way to go but there have been significant contributions. There are countless other ethnicities and backgrounds that have yet to be memorialized in a Disney animated feature and I don't think people should ever expect it, but appreciate it when it does happen because it's not just a gift for us, but a gift for all generations to come.
Princess and the Frog is a good movie. The heart of it shows that it's what you are under the skin that's important. And yes, it requires a plot device that turns our two leads into frogs to prove that point, but this movie can show a lot of young people who may have thought one way about another race to perhaps think differently - and that's a GOOD thing. How are all men created equal if we're so different on the outside? Turn us all into frogs and we'll find out how similar we really are.
I was at Target just now and in the snacks aisle, there was a girl sitting in her mom's cart. She's probably 3 or 4 years old and her eyes sees the Princess and the Frog fruit snacks. She keeps on saying to her mom repeatedly "Princess and Frog! Princess and Frog! I want Princess and Frog!". The box of fruit snacks has a big picture of Tiana dominantly gracing it so there's no mistaking what it was that caught her attention, since she can't even read.
That toddler was not black. She was of a latin background and I think that speaks volumes of where we are now compared to where we were three, four, seven decades ago.
Diversity is becoming a bigger and bigger thing at major media companies. There are even some companies that have an entire department focused on that issue alone. Are the programs we air a proper representation of our viewing audience? Are we still using characters of stereotype or are we doing better than that? etc etc.
I know that Duffy Dad had previously mentioned that he would rather not have a black Disney princess if what we got was Tiana. I don't think that's a fair request and perhaps a bit selfish even because there are countless youngsters who will benefit from having a character like Tiana to look up to. Warts and all.