So before the very popular movie 'Frozen' was released a teaser photo of Elsa was posted. Apparently people were upset that Disney was "white washing" and that there weren't enough black princesses. So they were actually considering turning Elsa black (as you see in the right picture)
White washing? you can't just throw diversity in for the hell of it, it's a DANISH fairytale. Plus she's THE SNOW QUEEN. You know what color is associated with snow? Fucking white.
Lets look at the other Disney princesses, shall we?
Snow white. The very first princess. The reason her name is Snow White because she has "skin as white as snow" Plus this fairytale is German. You know what color people are in Germany? White.
Cinderella. This movie was made in 1950. Hmm..I wonder what was happening in 1950? I don't know, maybe segregation. Disney had all white employees, so they wouldn't make a black princess. Unfortunately, white people in 1950 were racist. Oops sorry but it's true. Also the fairytale is French, French people are white.
Aurora, or Sleeping Beauty. This movie was made in 1969, there were still racist a**holes then. But she was also was French. In her original fairytale, she had hair as gold as sunshine. Have you ever met a black person with naturally blonde hair? No? Niether have I.
Ariel. (My personal favorite) Her fairytale is Danish. It was based off of sailors who claimed to see a girl in the ocean with bright red hair.
Belle. This time the fairytale wasn't just written in France, the whole movie was based in France. Every person you saw was French. you don't see the 'blonde hair, blue eyes' thing on her either.
Jasmine. She is not white. She has a beautiful brown skin color. She is Arabic and she looks so. This is where white washing would come into play, if she was white. But hey look, she isn't. She was based on a real Arabic princess.
Pocahontas. No white washing. Nice beautiful Indian features.
Mulan. She lives in China before anyone immigrated there. So everyones Chinese...yeah.
Tiana. The very first black princess. The movie was based in the 20s. She lived in the slums/ghetto with the other colored people in New Orleans. Disney kept it accurate to represent the time period.
Repunzel. The first white princess in 20 years. The reason Disney didn't do this movie soon is because they didn't want another white blonde damsel in distress. They waited and made her an awesome badass.
Last but not least, Merida. Technically white, but not with a typical American accent, or long straight hair. She is Scottish. What I love about her story is that it wasn't about finding love.
So yeah there a lot of white princesses, but thats because a lot of fairy tales come from mainly white countries. All Disney is trying to do is stay true to the roots of the story, they aren't going to make everyone is the movie black if the story is based in Germany, just how if they make a movie based in China they aren't going to make all the characters white (Remember these movies are based in different time periods, so it could be at the time before any people immigrated there or it was in the middle of segregation)
So I don't see any "white washing" in any of these stories.
but I did just hear there was a live action version of Mulan with almost an all white cast or something like that. Now THAT'S white washing.