Why I Wasn't Excited About the "First Black Disney Princess"

Back in 2009, a lot of people asked me what I thought about Princess and the Frog, the film Disney said trumpeted as featuring its first African American princess. My gut reaction was, I'll get excited when they release the film with their third black Disney princess. I mean, leaving aside for a moment whether it's progress to make the princess industrial complex an equal opportunity exploiter, what I find, whether it's women in general or women of color in particular, is that Hollywood (and Disney especially) makes a Big Deal when they finally, after oodles and oodles of movies