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Backlash For Disney’s Hispanic-Influenced Princess

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Disney is receiving backlash for its new Hispanic-influenced princess who Hispanic advocacy groups are saying does not accurately represent the Hispanic population.

Disney’s Hispanic-influenced princess named Sofia will be the star of the TV movie Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess, which will air on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior on November 18, the Associated Pressreports.

The Hispanic-influenced princess is fair-skinned and blue-eyed, and many advocacy groups are wondering why Disney is not doing more to promote an accurate Hispanic princess.

Spokeswoman Lisa Navarrete from the National Council of La Raza spoke with the press:

“They seem to be backpedaling. They’ve done such a good job in the past when they’ve introduced Native American, African-American and Asian princesses. 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.”

Although Sofia has been assumed to be of Hispanic influence, the co-executive producer of Sofia the First, Craig Gerber said in a Facebook post that Sofia is “a mixed-heritage princess in a fairytale world.”

According to the post, Sofia’s mother is from a kingdom inspired by Spain and her birth father is from a kingdom inspired by Scandinavia. However, Sofia is raised in Enchancia, which is supposed to be a “make-believe ‘melting pot’ kingdom.”

E Onlinereported Disney had originally presented Sofia as being the first Latina princess but now has reverted to saying she is not Latina at all.

Disney has yet to introduce a Hispanic-influenced princess, and many have questioned their reluctance.

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2 Responses to “Backlash For Disney’s Hispanic-Influenced Princess”

  1. Beren Dausinger

    Brief history of the diverse Hispanic culture:
    1) After the building of the railroad, the US did not have the financial means to send the Chinese workers who helped build the railroad home again. They ended up settling in Mexico. Mulan, Disney's Princess could very well represent Hispanics.
    2) Jasmine… our Spanish language was influenced greatly by the Arabic language due to the Muslim presence in the Iberian Peninsula between 711 and 1492 AD.
    3) Tiana — also a great representation of the Hispanic people. Many people of Black African origin arrived in the Americas with the Spanish and Portuguese in the 15th and 16th centuries.
    4) Ariel… her red hair symbolic of the beauties of Ireland…also a great representation of the Hispanic people. After the Great Famine (also known as the Potato Famine) in Ireland, thousands of Irish immigrants fled the country and spread to other parts of the world. Today the countries of Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico (US Territory), Colombia, Mexico, among others, boast thriving populations of citizens with Irish ancestry.

    Shall I continue, or do you get the bigger picture? Had Disney come out with La Raza's "idea" of what a Hispanic Princess should look like, they'd be screaming RACIAL PROFILING from the rooftops.

    La Raza's misguided attempt to shove all Hispanics into this tiny box is unacceptable and extremely racist.

    I am a green eyed Mexican American. My sister has blue eyes and she has freckles. Not all Hispanic women are adorned with facial tattoos and drawn in eyebrows… THAT look does NOT represent mi gente ni mi cultura.

    To La Raza: Please stop profiling us….