Representation matters. I don’t give a fuck what you think.
So all you people saying “Do you REALLY have to have a Disney Princess to identify with?” or some other fucking bullshit.
Yes I do.
I WANT her.
And so do a FUCK ton of other little girls.
And before you start with “Well then I want a Scottish/Norwegian princess” with your passive-agressive sarcastic ass, it’s not about the nationality, it’s about the ethnicity. She could’ve been from Trinidad or Ghana or fucking Detroit and I wouldn’t have cared because she was of the African Diaspora and it didn’t matter which country she was from, because there was finally someone I could connect to on that one level that was always denied me with Belle, Aurora, Ariel (who is tied WITH Tiana for my favorite because I fucking loves me some mermaids) and princesses of that ilk.
When you’re constantly TOLD one thing but SHOWN another, shit gets twisted and sometimes you don’t know WHO to believe.
Mommy tells you that you’re a princess but Mommy doesn’t own a multi-billion dollar franchise that puts out European Princess after European Princess (several of which share countries of origin), but you’re left begging for Pretty Princess scraps.
When you’re told as a child by another child that you shouldn’t dress up as MAID MARIAN - A FUCKING FOX - because she isn’t black, there’s some shit going down.
That I could been Jasmine or Pocahontas as I got older… like really?
When the magazines already don’t think your race is pretty unless you can be fetishized, then you become a token.
When they don’t even tokenize you, they just claim that you’re not the “aesthetic” they’re looking for as runway after runway has carbon copy catwalk models stomp down a path.
When the media won’t even look at you unless you can be fetishized or demonized and mass distributed as “spicy”, “demure”, and “sassy” or “crazy”,”doormat”, and “outspoken” or some blend of these things and other shit which often contributes to hyper-sexualization of children’s bodies at younger and younger ages who are being held as willing participants in their own sexual assaults.
So yea, when EVERYONE else isn’t liking you, is it REALLY too much to ask for to get a goddamn Disney Princess - Disney; which is pretty much a childhood staple for many to cut their teeth on, even unconsciously so - who looks a SLIGHT bit like you?
I don’t think so.
Tiana don’t look a goddamn thing like me but damnit if she ain’t a sista (which I am) from New Orleans (which I fucking am too and THAT was a bonus I damn sure wasn’t expecting).
And I KNOW Disney is a business and White/Eurocentric heroes/heroines sell but damn if you won’t even TRY and give something more than just “There’s one princess for everyone else (except for Latinos), are you satisfied now, you whiny babies?” because that’s really not on.
If anyone sure won’t go bankrupt, it’s fucking Disney.
So don’t fucking come and talk to me about how representation shouldn’t matter if you are represented to the point of overrepresentation.