If your kids are like mine and have a love for Disney Channel then you are well aware that this month Disney Junior will be debuting a new animated movie called "Sofia the First". While out promoting this new TV movie the executive producer Jamie Mitchell stated that Sofia was indeed a Latina.
That was enough to start a big backlash. Many people felt that Sofia was not "Latina" enough because of her light skin, blue eyes and auburn hair. Would she be an accurate representation for Latino viewers? This controversy got so out of hand that Disney eventually back-tracked and stated that Sofia was not meant to be a Latina princess. She was from a made-up place and was not mean to represent any Latino culture.
I can understand why Disney would backtrack on this. Trying to create a "Latina" princess that would make everyone happy would be one tough job. They will never be able to make everyone happy. Either people will be upset because she does not look "Latina" enough but on the other hand if she looked , dressed, and sounded too stereotypical Disney would be accused of being racist.
Of course I would love to see a Disney Princess that looks like my daughters (and me!) with dark hair and brown eyes. Obviously Sofia the First is not that princess for us. I am a little disturbed that my girls don't have a lot of characters (besides Dora!) that they can culturally relate to. I will admit that I am an anti-Barbie kind of Mom, but at the end of the day I am responsible for raising my girls to be strong smart independent Latina women. Disney isn't. Lucky for my girls, their family is full of amazing, smart, beautiful and strong "Latina" role models. Bottom line is my kids really don't care one bit. They are excited to have a new cartoon to watch.