Princess Tiana ‘Whitewashed’ In New Animated Film And People Are Not Happy

Disney continues to bring a diverse group of strong, independent women to their modern movies. But, it appears that for every step forward, the media giant takes two or three steps back.

Jasmine, Mulan, and Pocahontas have been a part of the official princess line-up for decades, and for a long time, represented a small and incomplete group of minorities. Disney finally debuted their first black princess, Princess Tiana, in “The Princess and the Frog” in 2009. 

Being the first black princess after years of seeing dozens of white princesses, Tiana became an important figure for countless women and girls.

These princesses, along with other fan-favorites like Cinderella, Moana, and Rapunzel, are featured in a sleepover scene in the upcoming movie, “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” Vanellope, a main character from the first “Wreck-It Ralph” from 2012, orders the princesses to trade their formal gowns for more comfortable pajamas. 

Seeing a cast of princesses in sweatpants, relaxing at home and having a good time is a refreshing site to see – considering this is the first time we’ve seen more of them in a casual setting, sans makeup and dresses.

Tiana decides to take her hair down. In the trailer people can see her hair is curly – and some people are thrilled, even emotional about a black princess embracing her natural hair:

But, not everyone is impressed. People claim she has been whitewashed, and appears to be light-skinned or biracial:

Some are claiming animators did the same thing to Pocahontas, stripping her of her Native American heritage, and making her look Caucasian.

Some believe Tiana appears to have lighter skin, has been given a smaller nose, and a butchered attempt at natural hair. 

One user said the curls are anything but natural, instead a medium brown dye, and styled:

She also pointed out that Tiana is the one and only princess in the scene that has had her hair changed.

Tiana and Pocahontas are almost unrecognizable to some:

People are furious, and not holding anything back:

Tiana was voiced by Anika Noni Rose in “The Princess and the Frog” and again in “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” 

She has appeared in movies such as “Dreamgirls” and “For Colored Girls.” Many people believe Tiana resembled a young version of Rose, and now with the modified European facial features, no longer does. 

Some want to embrace the natural curls, and cannot because of the changed facial features, and whitewashed complexion:

Others insist that the curls need some modification, including a darker color and a less stylized look.

Disney hasn’t commented on or addressed any of these concerns. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is set to debut in theaters on November 21.

H / T – Pluralist, Yahoo