(CBS Detroit) Disney has agreed to redraw a black princess after lightening her skin and changing her facial features in “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” according to a Wall Street Journal report and an advocacy organization.
Over the summer, fans of Princess Tiana of 2009’s “The Princess and the Frog” noticed that her appearance changed in teasers for the “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel. In her brief role along with other Disney princesses, her skin tone got lighter and her nose got narrower.
The WSJ reported that Disney animators met with Anika Noni Rose, the voice actress who plays Tiana, and representatives for Color of Change. The group campaigns for racial representation, including portrayals of black characters in Hollywood.
Color of Change sent a statement to All the Moms from Brandi Collins-Dexter, a senior campaign director, praising Disney animators.
“Disney’s decision to restore Princess Tiana’s image to that of an unapologetically Black princess with full lips, dark skin and dark hair in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 is a victory for Color Of Change members, Black children and their parents, and Black audiences who want to see the variety of shades, shapes and sizes of Black characters accurately represented in the arts.”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” arrives in theaters Nov. 21.
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