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Dear Disney Folks:

I had completely forgotten about this project until I read this. I understand it’s running into some snags.

It hasn’t been on my radar screen, since I don’t have little kids anymore. I also don’t go to many movies any more. Movies often are not fun for me because I get distracted by the racism and sexism in them so much that I can’t really enjoy them and I ruin other people’s enjoyment as well. So you see, it’s not just you. Besides, I am so over the princess thing.

But I know the princess thing works for you. And I certainly don’t want to begrudge the millions of little girls and boys of all colors who will eventually see your movie with their family and friends in the theater, and then over and over and over at home on the DVD. (Yes, I have seen The Lion King eighty bajillion times, thank you very much). Kids will want to see your movie, whatever you put out there, and they will buy the specially licensed products and wear the clothes and play with the dolls and so whatever you do with these images in your movie will be iterated in numerous forms – actually, there’s a whole ‘nother thing we could get into here about feeding consumerism and who makes those little plastic princess toys and sews up those clothes and how they are exploited so we can have more shiny stuff – but yeah, another topic for another day. As far as the movie is concerned, I will be especially glad if you do it right – by not falling back on racist stereotypes, and not upholding white western culture and mores as the norm to which every character aspires.

You’ve made missteps before. Surely you can avoid that this time around, right? I mean, you’ve got the resources to do the research – to hire bright, motivated, anti-oppression minded people, right?

But Disney people, whatever you do… seriously, whatever you do – drop the idea of an alligator as a sidekick for your first African American princess movie. Please.

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