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Saturday, October 20, 2012

PC Gone Wild

I don't think I'm a very good liberal. Perusing some of the items on Alyssa Rosenberg's blog, I'm just shaking my head and rolling my eyes. Here's an item complaining about the newest Disney Princess.

Title: The Problem With Sofia The First, Disney’s First Latina Princess, Isn’t Just Race 

The lede:
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.

1 comment:

KickinAssTakingNames said...

You know, it seems one cannot win. People are pissed that this new Disney character is not Hispanic enough, yet simultaneously all over the internets people are bitching about Sofia Vergara's character on Modern Family being too stereotypical.