The people’s voices have bean heard! Disney has decided to do the right thing by reanimating its 1st African American princess, Princess Tiana in its upcoming “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2”.
Not too long ago, the studio faced tons of criticisms in regards to Princess Tiana’s whitewashed appearance in “Wreck-it Ralph 2” as seen from the 1st trailer during the Disney Princess reunion scene.
On top her having lighter skin tone, Princess Tiana was also given a smaller nose and lips, which looks very different from how she originally appeared in “The Princess and the Frog” movie.
According to Wall Street Journal, Disney animators actually met up with Anika Noni Rose, the voice actress of Princess Tiana and representatives for Color of Change, a nonprofit civil rights advocacy organisation which fights for the voice of African-Americans.
A petition was created regarding Princess Tiana’s whitewashing stating, “The whitewashed image of Tiana you created for your new film, ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2’, is unacceptable. You have removed Princess Tiana’s full lips, wide nose, dark skin and kinky hair and replaced them with Eurocentric features — a slimmer nose, loose curly hair and significantly lighter skin tone. These characteristics are a huge part of who Princess Tiana is and what makes her beautiful. Princess Tiana is a pivotal Disney character, and it is irresponsible of you to change her appearance considering all of the young Black girls and boys who watch and love Princess Tiana. “
Big news. Because of COC members and convos with @DisneyAnimation, Princess Tiana has been restored to her original depiction. Now when Black girls watch #WreckItRalph2, they’ll see Tiana and other princess of color that actually looks like them on screen #BlackGirlMagic pic.twitter.com/4ZPJm4aZyz
— Rashad Robinson (@rashadrobinson) September 20, 2018
But after Disney decided to redo Princess Tiana’s looks, the organisation praised the studio’s decision on taking action.