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October 22nd, 2012
04:15 AM ET

Backlash for Disney's first Latina princess

By Cindy Y. Rodriguez, CNN

(CNN) - Move over Pocahontas and Mulan. Sofia está aquí.

Disney's first Latina princess, featured in the movie "Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess," has received backlash as well as support from media outlets, especially the Latino community. Is Disney's new princess a milestone for Latinos or a culturally irrelevant character?

Disney's spokeswoman provided a recent statement to CNN to help clarify what exactly makes "Princess Sofia" Latina:

"The range of characters in 'Sofia the First' - and the actors who play them - are a reflection of Disney's commitment to diverse, multicultural and inclusive storytelling, and the wonderful early reaction to 'Sofia' affirms that commitment. In the story, Sofia's mother, Queen Miranda, was born in a fictitious land, Galdiz, a place with Latin influences. Miranda met Sofia's father, Birk Balthazar, who hailed from the kingdom of Freezenberg, and together they moved to Enchancia, where Sofia was born."

"Sofia the First" is a television movie and series set to debut November 18 on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior, aimed at children ages 2-7.

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  1. Jorge

    Oh goody. Now, with this most recent Disney invention, folks in the U.S. can understand us Latinos much better *GAG, RETCH*.

    October 23, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. White Latino

    Sofia appears to be a white Latina. What is wrong with that? The fact is that 36% of Latinos identify their race as whtie, according to the Pew Hispanic survey. Afterall, Hispanic/Latino is an ethnicity, not a race.

    October 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Hispanic is a race. Ethnicity means things like Colombian.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • White Latino

        Columbian is a nationality. Hispanic/jLatino is an ethnicity. That is why 36% of of Latinos identify their race as white, according to the Pew Hispanic survey.

        October 23, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hamsta

    People don't have anything better to do than harass Disney about being ethnicly correct?

    October 22, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |