Title: The Problem With Sofia The First, Disney’s First Latina Princess, Isn’t Just Race
Disney is introducing Sofia, who is supposed to be its first Latina princess, in a television special, Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess, that will air November 18 on the Disney Channel. The problem—or depending on how you see it, upside of the character—though, is that the only indication that we have that Sofia is Hispanic is that Disney is telling us that she is.Now Allyssa is careful not to base her objection on Sofia's light-skin, because that would be racist, but her complaint is that the character exists in a story with no major Hispanic elements, or as Alyssa calls it, "in the European fairy tale tradition." Fine.
We get it. You wanted a Latina. We gave you one. Now you want her to be making tortillas while a mariachi band is playing in the background? Can't we just let Sofia be a Latina, or must we make her into a stereotype?
Can we stop demanding that every character in a story be representative of some demographic population or another? John McClain wasn't meant to represent all New York Cops and Indiana Jones doesn't represent all archaeologists. Why the hell do the various Disney Princesses need to represent for their race?
Just let them be who they are.