Best lesson from a Disney movie
This is an underrated movie
This is a grossly underrated movie.
Can I take a minute to rant? Good. Cuz I’m gonna.
I FLOVE this movie. And I HATE all the stupid hatred it gets. For a long time the buzz was “finally a black princess yay!” and now everyone is like “Fuck this movie, first black princess and she spends the whole movie a frog.”
You know what? Fuck that. Because Ariel spent a good majority of the movie not talking. Mulan spent the majority of the move pretending to be a man. Aurora and Snow White? Asleep (Hardly in the movie at all). They’re all just plot devices, not designed to take away from the traits of the women.
And you know what else? Unlike some of the other princesses, Tiana is in control of her destiny every step of the way. When she turns into the frog does she lose hope and need rescuing? Hell naw. She busts Naveen over the head and gets the job done. She is consistently responsible and capable even after having her dreams crushed and turning into a freaking frog.
So don’t tell me that Tiana is “less than” just because she gets turned into a frog. She’s still one of the most hardworking, badass, and capable chicks in animated history and I love her like crazy cakes.
um actually FUCK no. you do not reserve the right to tell black girls and black women that they do not hold the right to be mad that the only black princess is a frog the majority of the movie. NO OTHER PRINCESS IS AN ANIMAL IN THE MAJORITY OF THEIR OWN MOVIE. (since when is deciding to give away your voice equal to being an animal??)
also why the fuck does it matter about ariel? is ariel the only white princess little white girls get to look up to??? NO she is not. the only representation little black girls get is a frog most of the movie.
so do not sit here and tell people that their anger is not valid and that they’re the one with the problem.
For the record, no where did I say that POC don’t have a right to their outrage. There is a very consistent lack of representation for all races (except white people) across All mediums and that is blatantly cause for outrage. I am not the harbinger of what people are and aren’t allowed to take offense to.
I more meant that people go hate on the princess herself because of her plot devise. My only point was that Tiana, frog or not frog, is one of the best princesses in Disney history in my opinion, and that even as a frog she is actually in her movie a lot more than some other princesses.
Does that mean that it’s okay that there is one princess of every color while there are more than five white ones? No. Does that suddenly mean representation doesn’t matter? Hell no. In a perfect world there would be equality across the board and that is obviously something people deserve to be angry about and SHOULD be angry about.
Like I said, I was more defending against people attacking the movie because of Tiana herself (though it’s an old post and upon rereading can see how it could be taken differently.) I in no way meant “she’s still black so shut up about representation”.
I hope no one ever shuts up about representation.
So I’ve been working at Disney World for about 8 months and I’ve talked to numerous little girls about their favorite princesses and even with all this Frozen Frenzy happening, Tiana is an ALL TIME FAVORITE with kids of all ages, races and genders. Yes, much of the time Tiana is in Princess in the Frog, she is indeed a Frog, but from what I’ve heard from kids, that is no way alters her impact or representation. Whenever I talk to kids they always say ‘I like Tiana because she’s selfless and brave and beautiful and smart and hard working and she loves her daddy’. Real words. And never do this kids bring up the fact of her being a frog.