All that said, I’m pretty pissed about the new Disney Princess Candy Land game that’s coming out this winter. I got a preview of the cover art in the mail yesterday, and um, there’s something pretty disturbing about it. Rapunzel and Ariel are featured super-prominently in the left corner, looking all princessey and stuff. Cool. Whatever. But then when you look closely, on the right side, you see a super tiny Tiana and equally minuscule Jasmine peering out from the balcony of a tower. Wait. What? Why can’t they party up front with Rapunzel and Ariel?
I love that half of the princesses included are minority princesses (such a huge improvement from the ’80s when there weren’t even any princesses of color at all!), but why are they like–an eighth of the size of the white girls? Couldn’t they have had four big pictures of princesses and made them all the same size? As it is now, it’s like they just included Jasmine and Tiana as an afterthought. A kind of crappy, half-done, not so great afterthought at that.
Obviously a ton of you are going to say that I’m overreacting to something that’s just meant to be fun and cute, but really guys, stuff like this reinforces the stupid thought that women of color aren’t as important as white women. That they’re supporting characters and not the stars. It sucks, it’s sad, and It bums me out.
What do you think about the Disney Princess Candy Land box? Do you think it’s racist or do you think it’s fine? Sound off in the comments!