princess-tiana-and-paa4781Abundant controversy surrounds the upcoming release of Disney’s “The Princess & The Frog”, and chances are, it always will. The Disney Corporation is a massive entertainment conglomerate with an 80+-year history of bigotry as well as accusations of disseminating subliminal messages. Secondly, we African Americans are known to be hyper vigilant, with good cause however, but our acute caution often tends to get directed towards each other, and away from the actual source.

To Watch, or Not to Watch?

It’s mind boggling how complicated situations such as these can become. It’s common knowledge that the narrow minds at Disney were up to their usual tricks when they initially planed to present the heroine as a maid named ‘Maddy’ (servant to a White family, of course). The outcry from the concerned Black folk Sector must’ve been pretty fierce; Disney declared her  ‘Tiana’, the White folks chef – not maid.

Then there’s an issue because her love interest isn’t Black, or not as Black as she. His name is Naveen, and he appears to be some sort of Arab fellow. Critics expressed outrage that Disney’s first Black princess suffered from the dreaded jungle fever, yeesh.

Also, speaking of hyper vigilance, take a look at the public poster ads for the upcoming film in your community. Have you noticed that there are more promotional pics of that shady looking villain than there are of Tiana, or any other character of the film?

For those of you who are unawares, Disney’s got a formula that works, (by that we mean lining those pockets with copious greenbacks), enabling them to “rule the world” by means of total media domination (if you think this is merely paranoia, click on this). Taking a closer look at their history, the Disney conglomerate does not equate progress and empowerment with profitability. So perhaps the question isn’t whether to watch “The Princess and the Frog”, but how to watch the film. Our suggestion: Keep both eyes wide open.

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  • Raquel

    These comments are so FUNNY to me!! Why people go around quoting “Willie Lynch” when the letter was found to be a FAKE still surprises me!! I am a New Orleans native and will be at the movies to see Princess Tiana and her PRINCE on Friday! I think what some of you are turning this into is not a race issue but a COLOR issue. So her prince although isnt White has to be dark skinned for him to be consisered worthy?? Are you serious?? My father is lighter than Naveen and his name is ADOLPH and I know my mother considers him her prince. My husband and my son both are not dark skin but I consider them my handsome Black princes.

  • Nikki Aimee

    @faymous fya

    &

    @Clnmike

    I love ya’ll.
    It’s like beating a dead horse around these here parts, isn’t it?
    With all the, “It’s just a Disney movie.” and “So what the prince isn’t Black?” <<< *smh* WOW.
    :-|

  • Can I point out that the prince is Brazilian (most of them are mestizo or of African descent)…

    • Really? Who said that?

    • Shan

      That is very possible that he could be Brazilian. They come in every shade. Also, my Palestinian friend was like why can’t he be an Arab.

      @Clnmike, you must not have many Arab American friends. I asked 10 out of 15 I am close to and they do identify with being AFRICAN but not black. To them there is a difference bc they have their own racial category… just sayin since you want to be an ass to the young lady.

    • @Shan

      Reading comprehension is something you should look into, the quote by me was

      ” You might want to ask Arabs about that cause they sure as hell dont consider themselves black.”

      Your quote “I asked 10 out of 15 I am close to and they do identify with being AFRICAN but not black”.

      Now who is the ass here?

      As for the Arabs as friends part. save it I have them in my family and in my bloodline, I know exactly what they think.

  • …and if he was Arab, he would still be of partially African descent being that many Arabs are from the Northern Regions of Africa (Egypt, and the surrounding countries are often considered Arab nations).

    Just saying.

    • Your really pushing it with that one drop rule. You might want to ask Arabs about that cause they sure as hell dont consider themselves black. The question isnt really about the race od the prince it’s wjy did Disney choose this movie to hold their social experiment when they had countless chances to do it before.