Maddy April 2, 2007Posted by jenniferlewk in Princesses, race, Set it off.
Set it Off made me think about a different angle of the scarcity of the female protagonist: the even rarer appearance of the minority female protagonist. From Snow White onward, girls far too infrequently are able to see a strong minority female on the screen. Hopefully, Disney’s new black princess, Maddy, will serve as the impetus for change. Maddy will be the princess in the upcoming film, The Frog Princess. As sales of Disney princess paraphernalia gross over 3 billion dollars yearly, the introduction of Maddy can have a huge positive social impact, unless of course Maddy merely enforces the status quo and embraces prevailing stereotypes concerning black women.