After Disney Decided To Whitewash Princess Tiana, Anika Noni Rose Took Matters Into Her Own Hands

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13:  Anika Noni Rose attends A Legacy Of Changing Lives Presented By The Fulfillment Fund at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 13, 2018 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)

After Disney Decided To Whitewash Princess Tiana, Anika Noni Rose Took Matters Into Her Own Hands


Published September 25, 2018

Disney fans swarmed social media over recent controversy surrounding Princess Tiana's skin tone and African-American likeness being skewed to fit the more European mold of the other princesses in the new Wreck-It Ralph film.

While the outrage was made clear, no one from the Disney family voiced any concern over the topic until now as the voice behind Princess Tiana, Anika Noni Rose, shared a thorough message on the situation.

Rose, who voiced Tiana in 2008'S The Princess and the Frog, posted a lengthy message on Instagram detailing how she was "as surprised" as fans of the character to learn that the first African-American princess had "lighter skin and much sharper features" in the controversial teaser.

"Aside from my personal feelings, I noted how people felt online (and in my dms) and I was glad to see that people are still very much in love with and supportive of our Princess," she wrote. "My team and I immediately put in a call to the studio to talk about the visual changes, and three weeks ago I had a meeting in person with the Wreck-It Ralph team, my original animator Mark Henn, and others."

On Monday, news broke that Disney worked to darken Princess Tiana's skin tone and make her features more original to the character that the world was initially introduced to.

Rose added in her statement that the original animator stepped in and took over after they walked her through how the transition to CGI animation changed Tiana's appearance.

"They explained how CG1 animation did different things to the characters' color tones in different light compares to hand drawn original character, and I was able to express how important it is to the little girls (and let's face it, grown women) who felt represented by her that her skin tone stay as rich as it had been, and that her nose continue to be the little round nose that Mark so beautifully rendered in the movie," she added.

She went on to thank Disney for working to rectify the issue after the backlash.

Read her full statement, below:

Kudos to Anika Noni Rose for stepping up and addressing this issue head on and working diligently in achieving the correct result for those whom Princess Tiana represents.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 premieres in theaters on November 21.

Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)


Latest in celebs


NOVEMBER 3, 2020