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Disney Fans Makeover Newest Disney Princess

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by Kerensa Cadenas
July 8, 2013 2:30 PM
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After Disney unveiled images of its latest lead, Elsa the Snow Queen in the upcoming Frozen, fans decided hey had had enough of the typical Disney princess, so they made her over. Elsa, per Disney's usual whitewashing (other lead character Anna is also very white), falls in line with their typical fair skinnned, light hair, blue eyes always wearing a glamorous but impractical gown.  

Disney fans on Tumblr, under the hashtag This Could Have Been Frozen, took the new image and redesigned Elsa representing different races and in different (and at times more practical) costumes.

One participant, Rachel McGuffin explained her motivations for the project.

I was feeling rather hopeless about Disney’s whitewashing the past Princesses so I went ahead and racebent their future white characters.

In the Disney Princess Brand--8 of the 12 princesses are white. This project really brings to light the severity of Disney's race problem and also shows them that they don't always have to go with the same generic white route. 

Angry Disney fans create their own ethnic princess after latest film features ANOTHER 'generic' white female (The Daily Mail)

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411 Comments

  • Noel Grace | August 1, 2014 8:03 AMReply

    I'm 15, frequent tumblr user, and half African-American, and I SERIOUSLY DO NOT CARE about the race of the Disney princess. The next Disney animated movie is coming out with a Japanese bi-racial protagonist, African-American, Japanese, Possibly Hispanic/ Caucasian, and a caucasian. But people on tumblr are complaining that the characters were all originally Japanese.



    Some people are NEVER happy.

    Request for Disney:
    - Bald disney princess
    - Curvy Disney princess
    - Hispanic Disney Princess
    - More dark-skinned princess
    - Gay/Lesbian characters


    No matter what, someone will always be upset with these.

  • Todd Grosser | July 22, 2014 7:44 PMReply

    Sorry but this is NOT Disney's newest princess. Thor is, God of Thunder, child of Odin ergo princess of Asgard since Thor is now a female.

  • amelia | July 14, 2014 10:21 PMReply

    But there actually Norwegian so its not just a classic valley girl princess I mean I'm all for this but some people need to look at the facts before they act

  • Harv | July 13, 2014 2:30 PMReply

    Oh jez if I was the guy who was working on the design of Elsa for some four five years than saw this, I would of begin PISSED. Seriously this would be me
    Well that's four five years of my life that's begin wasted on something that apparently everyone hates... GOD DANM IT YOU KNOW HOW LONG THAT TOLK ME?! FOUR YEARS OF COLLEGE TO GET A DEGREE IN ART, TWO YEARS TO GET A JOB AT DISNEY AND FIVE YEARS AND ABOUT TWELVE VERIONS AND YOUR STILL NOT HAPPY?! ELEVEN YEARS AND THIS IS WHAT YOU DO WITH MY HARD WORK, WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO NOT GET CRITISING NON IMPORTAINT CRAP LIKE THIS?! GRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MT | July 13, 2014 2:19 PMReply

    Sigh, oh look another argument saying White people and Disney is racist, good bye calm structured nice society, I shall miss you. Maybe I'll get to see you again when people find out there's nothing wrong with a white snow queen.

  • Julianne | July 8, 2014 11:18 PMReply

    Seriously this whole racist thing is bull and I'm tired of it. Why is it that everyone only gets worked up about the fact that there aren't too many black characters? It's not just black people, get over yourselves. It's also everyone else there aren't too many Arabs or Asians. Since I am pretty sure aladdin is arab that means there aren't any real desi characters. Also there is no Hispanic princess at all. You're all worked up for this, well at least black people have a princess. What about little Latina girls? And how about gay characters or maybe a plus size princess? I think those are far more important right now than another ethinoc princess. Little girls, or boys for that matter, who are struggling with their sexuality deserve a character that can show them what they feel isn't wrong or bad ( regardless of some people's opinions on the topic). And also kids who aren't a size 3 deserve someone to look up to. My dream is to play a princess in the parks but I can't because I have big breasts and can't fit the costume sizes. They base the race around where the princess is from so get over it. Maybe it isn't far but if it bothers you so much get a job with power in disney so you can make the decisions about who looks like what. Most princesses are European and most movies are set in a far back time. In Europe during most of these movie settings the population was primarily white except for some of the poor. Face facts they do it by country. When they made a movie about china she was Asian and when it was in the Middle East she was arab. Also people tend to base the things they have on themselves. That's why different Christians believe jesus to be different races even tho speaking from a logical point he would have been brownish since he was supposed to be from the middle eastern area. He would have been tan not white or black or whatever. Same with disney. The people that primarily run this thing are white and therefore tend to create the characters in their own image. It's what they know and are comfortable with. When I read a book I picture the character to look kinda like me regardless of what the text says they look like. That's a big factor in disney races. Also most of the fairytales that these movies are based off of are European and the writers were basically white. Maybe it's not fair but it's how it is. The characters were designed to be a certain way so they are. They base them on themselves and where the book was written. It's completely inacurate to say a princess in Europe during the, I believe, 14th century like aroura would be black. You wanna complain? Go after tiana. I found her movie to be a little racist, on accident, all the other girls get to be set in a far off place once upon a time. Tiana was in New Orleans in the like earlier 1900s. And a girl who was black there during that time historically most likely wouldn't have had her opportunities, at least not like being such good friends with a high social family like she was. I love her movie but still... There are bigger issues that disney needs to fix than another black character. They have plans to make a new princess soon called moana I think, and she will be Polynesian. They are slowly making progress so calm down and either get on board or get over it. All things take time so hopefully one day it'll all be good. Honestly most princesses will always be white cause most fairy tales are set in Europe but there will be more ethnic princesses chill. Oh and Elsa? That's probably the worst on to try to black wash. She looks stupid cause of that white hair it clashes far too much with her dark skin. Shoulda tried belle or snow or it you really wanted frozen Anna would have even been better.

  • Mira | June 21, 2014 8:58 AMReply

    lol. Making Elsa black is blackwashing. A black royal family in Norway? You also have to make the story more or less believable.

  • Liquidcobra | June 18, 2014 7:59 PMReply

    It's not their fault. It's ours for supporting them. DON'T SUPPORT THEM. Keep your money in your pocket and support the ones that represent YOUR people. That show/movie doesn't have minorities in it? Don't watch it. Don't pay for it. The only way it will change is if you choose with your wallet. Let's face it Disney will ALWAYS have majority white characters. That's never going to change. What you CAN change is whether or not you'll support it. I sure as hell won't.

  • Doctor Reno | June 17, 2014 2:06 PMReply

    Why not just admit you're racist. Everything should be about blacks regardless of what story you are trying to tell--that's BS and just plain racist (a word by the way that's only been invented since the 1960's, prior to that people merely had their own opinions--no thought police needed) and extremely stupid.
    And to the moron who thought this was a racist plot to make people hate blacks--what do you call it when you start hyperventilating because there aren't enough blacks to suit you. Maybe instead it's a weird plot to get black people to feel left out and hate whites.
    Acting like three year olds who had their skates stolen isn't cutting it--grow up and stop whining people.

  • anon | June 11, 2014 11:08 AMReply

    Another funny thing... all the people who are "outraged" about this are likely white. Blacks probably see this and say "Hey kids, want to go see the new Disney movie?"

  • Arsie | July 17, 2014 2:54 AM

    Then there's me, who's all like
    "Well, another Disney movie... AWSOME I WANNA GO SEE IT I WANNA GO SEE IT!!!"

  • Batman | June 1, 2014 8:54 PMReply

    And how are you gonna come at how she's dressed? Royalty had to dress fancy.. Kind of the thing to do. And "costume"? Bro it's not like she's going out trick or treating, it's a damn dress. Deal with it

  • Batman | June 1, 2014 8:49 PMReply

    I am so tired of hearing about "whitewashing". Shut up. Just stop. It is not white washing, every princess looks the way they look depending on where they are portrayed to be from. Elsa is Scandinavian just like belle is French. Get over it.

  • anon | June 11, 2014 10:59 AM

    For the most part, yes, they are. Why is accuracy so wrong?

  • Nephie | June 9, 2014 2:32 PM

    Because every single person in those countries is obviously white.

  • Usually backing this but... | May 27, 2014 7:21 PMReply

    I usually advocate for more diversity in children's media, but that doesn't mean that we can't have white people. White people are people too. And, in this particular story, they're in Scandinavia - home of the blonde haired, blue eyed people. Scandinavia has its own culture, which is different from the "white American male" culture, and is a collection of some of the most progressive countries in the world. Yeah, I guess we could have made a dark-skinned Scandinavian ice princess, but she might have contracted rickets.

  • John | May 20, 2014 2:41 PMReply

    I don't know why people are complaining, Rapunzel was the first white princess since Belle in 1991 (23 years). Since her, we had: Pocahontas, Mulan, and Tiana. Before Belle, we had Jasmine and after Anna and Elsa, we have Moana.

  • Cas | May 18, 2014 12:36 AMReply

    It's not really white washing though. They are from Scandinavia which is all, well, white skinned people. So yes, disney doesn't have a lot of colored people in their movies but having all the characters be white in frozen is actually legit. In fact it'd be weird if there were any PoCs in Frozen. I know, 'but there's colored people in scandinavia!', and this is true. But not back then. Back then it was like, all white people. And with Anna and Elsa being royalty and being born there it makes even more sense for them to be white skinned. (PS, Elsa controls cols so pale skin is pretty okay if you're going to match up her power with her physical form. ie, white hair and blue eyes). Also, it makes sense to be set in Scandinavia/Norway because that's where the story originated from!!!(in case you wondered why the setting was in a place with all white people.) So putting Frozen in a different location would be like having the tale of Pocahontas set in Argentina, it wouldn't be true to the story.

    So that's my two cents. For once, Disney has the right to have an all white cast. But seriously though, we do need more colored characters and different body sizes. I'd like to see a Hispanic character to represent me :3 (Sofia the first does NOT count.)

  • Sigurd Philippsen | May 20, 2014 6:24 PM

    I strongly disagree. You said such: "I know, 'but there's colored people in scandinavia!', and this is true. But not back then." I'm a native of Norway, a Kvensk to be specific - my people are originally of Saami origin, the native people of northern Scandinavia and the Sapmi area. Saying that "-this is true. But not back then," is totally wrong. The light-skinned Scandinavians were the first to south Scandinavia, and the medium tone-skinned Scandinavians from the Mongolian Steppe and Ural Mountains were the first to the far northern part. Anyways, as a counterpoint to what you said...imagine that you recently watched Pocahontas, but the Native Americans were played as Europeans. Now imagine someone complains about this, saying 'but there's colored people in america!", and you respond as you just did, saying, "-this is true. But not back then." Please don't forget that the natives were the first to be there!!!!! Now transfer this situation to Frozen. You're basically saying that the Germanic people of Scandinavia were there before the indigenous Saami people. As a native of Norway living in America, I can provide testimony that I have been asked if I'm of eastern Asian descent an unbelievable amount of times. There are plenty coloured Scandinavians, especially up north.

    American Person: "Hey, where are you from?"
    Me: "Norway."
    Person: "No, really."
    Me: "Pardon?"
    Person: "Where is your family from?"
    Me: "...Norway..."
    Person: "Did they immigrate from anywhere?"
    Me: "Not for the past couple thousand years, I guess???"
    Person: "Oh...just wondering because your eyes are kinda..."
    Me: "Pointy, I know. I'm a native. So where are you from?"
    Person: "Here. New York."
    Me: "No, I mean where are you really from?"
    Person: "America."
    Me: "Ohhhh, so you're Native American?"
    Person: "No, I'm just American American...?"
    Me: "No I mean like, where is your family from?"
    Person: "Oh, they're from England."
    Me: *puts hand up to face in disappointment* "Lemme go get you a cup of tea."

    Hahaha, I love national Americans, always forgetting that they weren't the first there and everything, and assuming the same thing about every other culture out there.

    Native Americans in America = Native Scandinavians in Scandinavia
    And they're both a colored people.

  • Keith | May 17, 2014 12:21 PMReply

    Maybe Disney doesn't want certain types watching their movies! Take the hint!

  • Moni | June 18, 2014 2:16 AM

    Bravo for this response. I hope everyone reads it and understands where the problem here lies.

  • isabella | May 14, 2014 4:52 PMReply

    Actually, most disney princesses eyes are brown or black. Only three (not including Elsa and Anna) have blue eyes. Only three have blonde hair, and most people agree that technically Cinderella had orange hair in the movie. And in my opinion, some of the most beautiful disney women were the ones of color. Esmerelda and Kida are absolutely gorgeous, and Pocahontas is my 2nd favorite disney princess. The next Disney princess is going to be a Polynesian woman named Moana.

  • Bree | May 3, 2014 12:13 AMReply

    Sorry this was suppose to be before I ranted. lol

    I think the main characters in Frozen are fine. The movie is set in a fictional Scandinavian or Norwegian town. It's expected the characters are going to be white. I think the characters were really pretty and their personalities were nice. It's based off an northern european fairytale and then there's the other "snow queen", but it's a japanese one. That's far more scarier and eerie then this could even hope to be.

    I thought the movies was gonna suck, but I saw and it gained a fan. ;p

  • Bree | May 3, 2014 12:07 AMReply

    Why doesn't disney ever do a story w/ a male lead? I mean do you know how awesome that would be. Especially one that actually makes an impact and doesn't just fade into the background like most male leads. Or even another ethnic princess/character. It doesn't matter if she's spanish, african, asian, american (any race), italian, or etc...but at least put a spin to it w/o it being stereotypical. For example don't put someone of the asian persuasion (no offense) in something one would expect, an "eastern" story. Make it a "good" story instead and get creative!

    The Frog princess was okay for example, but it could've been better. A few good songs here and there. Even if the main character isn't of the usual princess hierarchy, (i.e blonde hair, blue eyes, and etc...) still make them as magical, and significant as you would any other.

    I know Disney's favorite past time is "borrowing" other stories from other cultures. That's how it got famous. Well if Disney is still "borrowing", then tell tales we haven't heard before. I mean there are thousands of fairy tales out there from all cultures. And if that get's difficult, then create some originals. There is so many ideas and material that hasn't even been touch. So many unique characters to be and not the cookie cutter one's either. You guys could make your stories as light, or dark in tone, or subject as you want them, but just make them.

    ~sighs~ Done ranting. lol

  • ANASTASIA | May 9, 2014 10:54 PM

    & another thing what do you mean by GETTING A MALE LEAD THAT MAKES AN IMPACT ?!
    I KNOW LION KING HAD A GREAT IMPACT ON THE FILM INDUSTRY AND THE BEAST
    IN CASE YOU DIDN'T NOTICE DISNEY MOVIES USUALLY HAVE MORE MALE CHARACTERS THAN FEMALE ESPECIALLY IN THE PRINCESS MOVIES .
    FROZEN only has TWO major FEMALE characters .

  • anastasia | May 9, 2014 10:49 PM

    What do you mean by Disney doesn't do stories with male leads ?! What happened to ALADDIN , Winnie-the-Pooh , Atlantis , HERCULES , BROTHER Bear , Treasure Planet , The Great Mouse Detective , Rescuers , BOLT , THE FOX AND THE HOUND , ROBIN HOOD , TARZAN , TANGLED , THE JUNGLE BOOK , WRECK-IT-RALPH , PETER PAN , ETC.
    & BTW Every SINGLE DISNEY/PIXAR FILM HAS A MALE LEAD EXCEPT FOR BRAVE
    GET UR FACTS RITE !!!

  • Magnvs | May 1, 2014 1:56 AMReply

    I'M SICK OF ALL THE DISNEY PRINCESSES BEING FEMALE!


    Give us a guy!


    Seriously, with all these people seemingly having collective outrage as a hobby, makes you wonder why there aren't any entertainment companies catering to them.

  • S. Conner | July 13, 2014 2:10 PM

    Ummm I'm with nanners on this one... I'm pretty sure princesses are female....

  • Nanners | June 11, 2014 2:00 AM

    I think princesses are usually female...

  • N. Buck | April 29, 2014 11:25 AMReply

    I LOVE the people who keep saying, "There are no Scandinavians with dark skin! So get over it!"
    In that same vein, there are NO TALKING SNOWMEN... like ANYWHERE... EVER!
    You want an accurate depiction of humans? What about that new Noah film? We all know the story takes place in Northern Africa/Middle East. So why are ALL the actors white and speak with British/Austrailian accents? What say you?

  • StarDragon77 | April 23, 2014 7:10 PMReply

    Great, now you've turned Elsa into Ororo Monroe (Storm) of the X-men.

  • Kira | April 23, 2014 6:49 PMReply

    Oh, come on. I'm tired of all of this griping. Nearly 70% of the population of America is white. So only 3 out of 10 people in America are other ethnicities. I think it would be accurate to represent ethnicity in such a way as to reflect America. I'm not even white. I'm African American/Indian, but it sure seems fair to me.

  • Whoa | May 27, 2014 7:38 PM

    Regardless of the fact that the story was based in the Nordic and not America, I was going to look up this figure to prove you wrong, because I thought, "No, America must have less than 70% white population."

    Turns out, according to the CIA World Factbook, it's 80% white. 13% black. 4% Asian. 1% Native American. Two percent are "two or more" ethnicities. This is just skin colour, not ethnic or cultural identities. But I would have thought it was more balanced than that.

  • Divide and Conquer Tactic; It's Probably Fake | April 17, 2014 7:22 PMReply

    This looks like troll bait to me; like more race bait "disguised" as something progressive in order to, actually, anger "white people" over "black people's/non-white-people's reactions." The majority isn't in danger of the minority so it's really in all honesty to make the minority look bad and "more racist" in order to dredge up old excuses to hate minorities. No, sorry, I don't think it's a genuine, sincere "intention," I think it's a shady trap designed to get as many brain-washed screamers on board as possible under "divide and conquer" so both sides can fight.

  • caramel1 | April 9, 2014 3:23 PMReply

    Oh the story take place in Scandinavia. Now I see, makes better sense now. I thought this was a fairytale fantasy , taking place in a fantasy land. My misunderstanding. Bye I'm off to find a talking snowman now. Have fun peeps!

  • Sam | April 9, 2014 6:47 PM

    Watched Princess and the Frog? Which was set in hotter climes... This is based on the Snow Queen which is indeed a scandanavian fairy tale. As others have said and listed there are a set of newer and racially different princesses and other characters in disneys films. Including planes and cars and monsters so we dont leave them out :)

  • K | April 7, 2014 8:31 PMReply

    By keeping the blonde hair, aren't you setting a physically impossible standard for black people?

  • Amber | June 23, 2014 3:50 AM

    @Chris
    You're an idiot. I have a friend whose daughter has white hair and she's not an albino.

  • Chris | April 12, 2014 10:30 AM

    First off, it's white, and second, by making it white in the first place are't you setting a physically impossible standard for white people?

  • Michelle | April 7, 2014 7:29 PMReply

    There are not a lot of Norwegian or Russo-Finnish brown or black people. Of course Elsa and Anna are white. That's who lived in stony castles in the frozen North, back in medieval times. That's not whitewashing. Whitewashing would be if they took a princess who was originally black, and replaced her with a blonde. The franchise has begun to add princesses like Pocahontas, Tiana, Mulan, and Jasmine. Tiana and Pocahontas are the only American princesses. The rest are French, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, and Scottish. No, it's not all the same thing, even though they're all not black. I think they are making a point now of adding more diversity to the mix, and we can expect to see African, South American, Pacific Islander, and Native American fairy tales, with appropriate princesses, probably every third movie or so. The colors of the princesses so far, have been determined by the origin of the fairy tale in which they appear, so send Disney suggestions if you have a favorite.

  • Disney-Amazing | April 11, 2014 10:21 AM

    I'm hoping for a Turkish Princess, if they make one.

  • cat L | April 6, 2014 11:17 PMReply

    Well Elsa and Anna are from Norway. People from Norway are white. Rapunzel and Snow White are from Germany. Germans are white. Ariel's from Denmark, Belle's from France, Merida's from Ireland, Cinderella's from France, and Aurora from another part of Europe. There is a reason these princesses are white. Europeans had the castles and the good fairy tales.

  • Sigurd Philippsen | May 20, 2014 6:27 PM

    "People from Norway are white."

    Until you get tan natives like me who came to Norway a couple thousand years ago from Asia wwwaaayyy before the white Norwegians.

  • Guest of Honour | April 11, 2014 10:17 AM

    Good point, but Merida is from Scotland.

  • B | April 5, 2014 10:39 PMReply

    You know that "whitewashed" refers to characters that were written as people of color and then represented as white in the movie. Not characters are supposed to be white.

  • Me | April 2, 2014 9:40 PMReply

    Sorry to say this but you people are so racist with the black people

  • MARIE | July 17, 2014 3:21 AM

    Ever stop and think that maybe, just maybe, white people are being called racist for no reason? Example:
    BOY: cool picture
    ME:thanks
    BOY:is she white?
    ME: well yha
    BOY:racist
    ME:excuse me?
    BOY:you herd me your picture is racist
    ME:your kidding, right
    BOY:no
    ME:you mean to tell me that just because a fictional character from my imagination who is supposed to represent me, is white , me AND the picture is racist
    BOY:yes
    ME:so your saying if I make her black, it won't be racist?
    BOY:absolutely
    ME:how would you like it if I came over to you and your picture that you've being working on for two hours and tell you to change a thing that made you you because you think it's racist. Even though in all reality, the thing that's 'racist' is nothing at all and is just you trying to shamelessly pick on someone.
    BOY:I...uh um
    ME:go away
    BOY:ok
    You are represented as the boy the animator who worked and slaved year after year on the design of Elsa is represented as me. Think twice before you post, you never know who will have a comeback waiting.

  • Olivia | April 1, 2014 8:24 PMReply

    Your all racist. Can't you just except Elsa for who she is? I have white and black friends... but I don't want to go around painting them different colors! If you want the Disney Princesses to change from here on out, then you get off you dead a** and work for them! If not then shut your ape of a hole you call a mouth and back off of their hard work! I thought they did a great job on the movie...

    Words of advice: Don't like it? Don't watch it! is that so hard?

  • Dr. Applebox | March 27, 2014 4:13 AMReply

    I think I've finally found the stupidest website on the planet.

  • William Boissonnault | March 27, 2014 1:00 AMReply

    Yeah, it's been AGES since we've had a race-bent princess! Like, FIVE WHOLE YEARS! Disney CLEARLY hates black people.

  • caffy | July 22, 2014 4:28 AM

    ^IT.WAS.SARCASM.

  • Elli | April 11, 2014 5:57 PM

    Disney is a company, it wants to earn money. I dont really think Disney cares about races as long they earn money, Disney cares about what society wants. So if you want to hate on Disney, I think its more appropriate to hate society, because we are the fault of racism - not Disney who is trying to profit from it.

  • natt | March 26, 2014 8:48 PMReply

    Although I agree that putting more diversity into the Disney roster would be great, suggesting that a Scandinavian ice queen should have had dark skin is a bit ridiculous.

  • Peggy | March 25, 2014 10:29 AMReply

    You people complaining about this are proving the point. It SUCKS to see yourself ERASED. There are people on this planet without blonde hair and blue eyes with a varied, exciting culture that could be the subject of a Disney movie. But they never are. So these people took matters into their own hands and forced the issue. And you people freaked out! GOOD. Now you know what it feels like to be wronged. And by the way, there was African culture before there were any such things as WHITE PEOPLE. AND, many Europeans had brown skin along with their blue eyes up until 7,000 years ago, which isn't long. You need to STOP thinking the world revolves around YOU because soon, it won't.

  • ANASTASIA | May 9, 2014 11:23 PM

    WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS TOTALLY INACCURATE . DISNEY IS VERY DIVERSE .THANK YOU DR.APPLEBOX 4 AGREEING WITH ME . & YOU FORGOT ATLANTIS AND SONG OF THE SOUTH . ALSO , PEGGY DISNEY RELEASES TONS OF FILMS ABOUT OTHER RACES E.G SPIRITED AWAY . BLACK & WHITE ARE NOT THE ONLY RACES ABOUT . ALSO, KIDA AND ESMERALDA HAD DARK SKIN .
    SO YOUR POINT IS IN NO WAY A FACT AND IS IRRELEVANT .

  • Dr. Applebox | March 27, 2014 3:53 AM

    Oh, yes! Non-white people have NEVER been the subject of a Disney movie. WAH! Oh, I mean, except for Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, Jungle Book, Emperor's New Groove, Brother Bear, Princess and the Frog, and the upcoming Moana. But, I mean, other than all those, there's NOTHING!

  • Ariana | March 26, 2014 9:46 AM

    You know you are embarrassing other races when you rant like that, right? I happen to be black and I would have to disagree with you to some point. If one studies the film at all one can see it's set about 200-400 ago. At this time in a small kingdom in Iceland or Norway people would have been fairly white. Besides I think that their skin color,you rant which is only skin deep, was to emphasize the fact that she has ice powers, I don't now about you but I don't think most darker skin tones when I think about ice. I do have to agree Disney needs to add some other cultures princess, I know most princess stories about princess come from Europe, Cinderella, Snow White, etc., but other countries had/have them to. I would love to see a South American, African, some sort of island, and possible Australian princess. Let's expand our's and our children's horizons Disney.

  • team princess | March 25, 2014 12:36 AMReply

    That is completly unfair and wrong . Firts of all not all of disneys princesses are whitewashed theres merida who is fairly new who and whos to say that disney dosnt have an yes her skin color is white but she is scotish, jasmine who is arabic , pocahontas is native american , and alot more . I belove that ever princess has a ethnicty. People need to look past skin color because they are missing out on a great princess . I believe that if they made elsa or anna look diffrent the movie would be kinda off, not saying that if they were black they would be ugly but because where the setting of the movie takes place that would be a little weird.

  • Siobhan | March 24, 2014 12:03 AMReply

    That would be culturally inaccurate and terribly presumptive. In 1840's Norway, their monarchs certainly wouldn't be black. In fact there weren't even many black people at all. And Disney princesses being 'whitewashed' is BS. Pocahontas was Native American, Jasmine and basically all of Aladdin was Middle Eastern, Mulan was Asian. There was the Princess and the Frog. The majority of white princesses are in movies set in Europe in time periods where most of the people there would be white. Besides, what do you have against Elsa? Just because she's white doesn't mean she can't be a positive role model for all girls.

  • Tumblr feminists are scum | March 21, 2014 10:33 PMReply

    percentage of white people in USA - 72.4 %
    percentage of white princesses in disney films - 66.66%
    percentage of non white people in ancient norway - probably close to 0%

    stop whining social justice warriors. I'm fed up of seeing your outrage all over the internet. You people never speak up about this stuff in public most of the time and when you do you are (quite rightly) ignored for being batshit insane and probably autistic. Therefore you flood the internet with your unfairness bullcrap for any and all reasons projecting your inner schizoid personalities into every comment section available.

  • Moni | June 18, 2014 2:23 AM

    Do you need a hug? Because you're putting up quite a whine with that little flood of bullcrap of a comment you just posted, but go on and blame *~social justice warriors~* for doing exactly what you've just done here.

  • Sigurd Philippsen | May 20, 2014 6:38 PM

    "percentage of non white people in ancient norway - probably close to 0%"

    Did you just .-.

    Let me first tell you that I look like an Eastern Asian. Except I was born in Norway. And that my family has roots there that have been there for the past couple thousand years. Why? Because the colored Saami people from Asia were in Norway a hell of a lot earlier than the white Germanic peoples who came from central and western Europe. And there were plenty of them.
    Imagine this:
    "percentage of non white people in ancient America - probably close to 0%"
    Now let's fix it to reflect true history:
    "percentage of non white people in ancient America - probably close to 100%"
    Your original quote:
    "percentage of non white people in ancient norway - probably close to 0%"
    Truth:
    "percentage of non white people in ancient norway - probably close to 90%"

    Northern Asians, both slanted and straight-eyed, spread from around Russia or Mongolia east across the Bering bridge to North and South America and also straight west to Finland, Sweden, and Norway. Most of the rest went south to around Vietnam or chilled out nearby in China, Mongolia, and Russia. Asians got to every society-populated continent on the planet long before the Europeans except for (unsure) Africa.

  • Darth | April 2, 2014 11:06 AM

    Why are you hating on autistic people damn

  • kev | March 23, 2014 9:37 AM

    How do you know that they don't speak about it in public???? Do you own Disney???? Did you come up with those percentages yourself? 100% of non-whites know 50% of white people love to embellish the facts.

  • AmusedOne | March 21, 2014 12:21 PMReply

    No, this is what the fans SHOULD NOT have done.
    I don't mean to be racist, but seriously, Frozen's Elsa is not supposed to be black.
    The whole theme of the movie revolves around purity that eventually becomes muddled- the background and EVERYTHING is white- and so is snow. It only makes sense for Disney to design Elsa with white skin and blond hair- that's how she fits in with the theme of the Snow Queen. She had to be pale white- even a bit of tan wouldn't have cut it; forget being dark-skinned.
    Again, if these haters needed to redesign a princess, they should have chosen Ana. Ana would have worked out well with having a darker skin color.
    And as to say inequality, it's ironic how no one complains about the princesses' hair colors and eye colors not being some other color- that's a form of inequality as well.
    My point is, these people need to stop crying over appearance- the whole essence of Disney movies is not color or appearance, but rather the emotional and mental message that it conveys- for example, this whole movie upheld the women's movement/sexism in showing that women were capable of standing up for themselves and being who they want to be. Why aren't haters applauding Disney for that, and instead crying over skin colors? Kids don't really care at all about these things, it's instead a bunch of oversensitive adults who end up fighting over Disney's supposed "racism".

  • Why Always "Black?" | April 17, 2014 7:09 PM

    What I don't understand is why people keep calling it off as "black" automatically, and not any other race (or non-"white" peoples)? Black people aren't the only people with brown skin, and they're certainly not the only non-white peoples in the world; quite frankly this makeover looks like an Indian woman all the way. I don't understand the "it's either black or it's white" thing like those are the only two groups.

  • silly | March 23, 2014 9:41 AM

    Haha!!! You truly believe your own bullshyt!!!!! Believe me, kids care, it's adults like you who don't give a crap.

  • Let it go | March 19, 2014 7:08 PMReply

    Her parents are white and she is black, and an ice sorceress.... yeah, perfect sense. I'm not white, I like her this way.

  • Kira | April 23, 2014 7:03 PM

    Oh, sorry @LET IT GO. I meant to send that to the person right above you who rightly calls him/herself "SILLY".

  • Kira | April 23, 2014 7:02 PM

    @Silly. As a biracial (Black and Indian) 12 year old I can assure you that us kids don't really care. Seriously. It's annoying all these adults griping and whining about stuff. I certainly don't want to grow up to be like that. It's an awesome movie with a great message and cool songs. Besides it accurately reflects real life. In real life America 7 out of 10 people are white. That's 70%. Just live and let live.

    P.S. Yes, I really am 12 (13 in two months!!) and yes, unlike many of my peers I'm smart and do know how to spell.

  • Matthew | March 19, 2014 3:59 PMReply

    These people are idiots.

    1- There were no black people in Norway in the 1840's
    2- Ginger people are usually really white skinned.

    Wow, some people are dumb.

  • There are black people in Frozen, Matthew and Amusedone | April 17, 2014 7:13 PM

    There are brown-skinned (black) people in Frozen as extras in the ball room; so there are definitely "black people" in Frozen's Norway.

    But it makes more sense for her to be a pale character (not even considering race). Being an Ice Queen would mean an "icy" appearance in my opinion; in fact it's clear that it's the only reason why Elsa is platinum blonde and snow-pale whereas none of her family members are.

  • Lol | March 29, 2014 6:45 AM

    I disagree with this article but I must comment on how Frozen had black people in the movie... kinda seems like Disney ignored the fact that it was appr. in the 1840s

  • lou | March 23, 2014 9:42 AM

    Including you!

  • FROZEN | March 22, 2014 10:27 PM

    Do you have the facts of either of those statements?
    You are an idiot making statements that you cant even prove.

  • AMUSEDONE | March 21, 2014 12:27 PM

    Exactly what I wrote my post on. This is a kid's movie. They don't give a crap about race colors. They appreciate the Disney princesses whatever skin color, eye color, hair color, religion, ethnicity they are. They love Disney movies for their message, adventure, inspiration and dreams! These haters themselves are being the racist ones here- they force racist principles onto Disney shows, when it's clearly gratuitous. I mean, why hasn't anyone complained about the Big Summer Blowout shopkeeper being the stereotypical Indian voice? Because no one cares. The kids think it's funny, and the kids are able to look past these racial indifferences, they don't even mind it at all. Difference of race is a normal thing in their lives- skin color doesn't matter, and the issue of racism doesn't even exist. It's only adults who stress so much over those issues that causes these haters to do such a thing.

    Also, historical perspectives are absolutely correct. how could there have been a black person in the 1840s in Norway? Idiots.
    And what were they thinking- a black princess that just fits in with a whole land of snow, is the Snow Queen, has both white parents, lives in a kingdom FULL of white people, where ALL of the other characters are white-skinned, and to that extent, is in a story based on a white snowy theme and background? They might as well call Elsa the Mud Queen or something. Something just seems wrong. If they had to change someone's skin color, it could have NOT been the Snow Queen, ok?

  • Amanda | March 20, 2014 2:05 PM

    Thank you! Finally someone actually brings history into this argument rather than calling disney a bunch of racists.

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