Newest Disney Cartoon Princess Upsetting Hispanics

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Sofia The First

Sofia The First

Disney’s newest princess is set to pre­miere in three short weeks in Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess. Despite Sofia the First being Disney’s first Latino princess– and Disney’s youngest– Sofia has not endeared her­self to many activists in the His­panic population.

Pre­vi­ous Dis­ney princesses has bro­ken impor­tant ground with Native Amer­i­can (Poc­a­hon­tas), Asian (Mulan), and African-American (The Princess and the Frog) role mod­els. Sophia’s mother is Span­ish and her birth father from a king­dom inspired by Scan­di­navia. Thus not wholly His­panic, Sofia her­self was born and raised in Enchancia, a “make-believe ‘melt­ing pot’ king­dom” pat­terned after the British Isles. Sofia is voiced by Ariel Win­ter (a Cau­casian), and her mother by Sara Ramirez (a Hispanic).

Sofia The First

Sofia The First

Where the prob­lems seem to come from is the char­ac­ter design for Sofia. His­panic groups ques­tion whether a fair-skinned, blue-eyed young princess should be con­sid­ered an accu­rate rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a young girl of Span­ish heritage.

Sofia con­sid­ers her­self a nor­mal Enchancian girl like any other,” said Craig Ger­ber, co-executive pro­ducer of “Sofia the First”. “Her mixed her­itage and blended fam­ily are a reflec­tion of what many chil­dren today experience.”

The series is also crit­i­cized by those within the Latino com­mu­nity because Sofia is not get­ting the same style and depth of pro­mo­tion as at the intro­duc­tion of pre­vi­ous princesses of eth­nic­ity. “They’ve done such a good job in the past when they’ve intro­duced Native Amer­i­can, African-American and Asian princesses,” said Lisa Navar­rete, of the National Coun­cil of La Raza. “They made a big deal out of it, and there was a lot of fan­fare, but now they’re sort of scram­bling. It’s unusual because Dis­ney has been very good about Latino diversity.”

Lit­tle girls look to these char­ac­ters to see them­selves rep­re­sented,” Navar­rete con­tin­ued. “If they don’t see them­selves, it makes a dif­fer­ence. It would be nice to see Dis­ney make a full-out push for a Latina princess, whether it’s ‘Sofia the First’ or not.”

Inez Gon­za­lez, exec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of the National His­panic Media Coali­tion, said Mon­day that the orga­ni­za­tion wanted to meet with Dis­ney to dis­cuss “Sofia the First.”

The TV spe­cial “Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess” will air Novem­ber 18 on the Dis­ney Chan­nel and Dis­ney Junior, and the full series will begin air­ing early next year.

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