Disney has confirmed, in a quiet way, that its newest princess will be a Latina named Sofia. While many have praised Disney’s efforts in creating a royal for Hispanic audiences, her debut has sparked outrage on social media sites. Many are critical of Sofia’s light complexion, blue eyes and auburn hair.
Here's some reaction from Twitter:
@chrissytina_xo The first Hispanic Disney princess isn’t even tan, she looks super white. Not that there aren’t Hispanic women that are lighter, but still.
@QueRicaErica First Latin Disney Princess? I hardly think so, it’s a straight to tv “Disney Junior” movie. There are no accents and a made up land. #sad
@Cybersoulja The only thing Latin about this Disney princess is her name and Sofia isn’t even uniquely Latina. Her voiceover isn’t even by a Latina. Pfft
A spokeswoman for Disney released the following statement to CNN:
“The range of characters in ‘Sofia the First’ – and the actors who play them – are a reflection of Disney’s commitment to diverse, multi-cultural and inclusive storytelling, and the wonderful early reaction to ‘Sofia’ affirms that commitment. In the story, Sofia’s mother, Queen Miranda, was born in a fictitious land, Galdiz, a place with Latin influences. Miranda met Sofia’s father, Birk Balthazar, who hailed from the kingdom of Freezenberg, and together they moved to Enchancia, where Sofia was born.
The TV movie "Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess" premieres on the Disney Channel on November 18. Sofia will be voiced by Ariel Winter of "Modern Family". Other diverse princesses previously introduced by Disney include Princess Tiana, Jasmine, Pocahontas and Mulan.