(NNPA)—Critics are taking aim at the Walt Disney Company for its “Dig ‘n Dips” candy, which features its only Black princess on the package of the treat’s watermelon flavor.
According to BET News, the Fun Dip-style candy was released for Valentine’s Day and also features other Disney heroines such as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. The latter is used on the package for the vanilla flavor.
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But critics argue that linking Tiana from the movie “Princess and the Frog” to the watermelon flavor is racially insensitive. In American history, it has been a common stereotype to tie Blacks to eating watermelons.
“As usual, it’s hard to believe that anyone would intentionally make this kind of insensitive mistake, but pairing the White girl with vanilla and the Black girl with watermelon should have set off an alarm in someone’s mind,” writer Thembi Ford wrote on ClutchMagazine.com.
“Perhaps the stereotype linking Black folks with watermelon is too antiquated for most people to recall, but this is the kind of eye-roll-worthy mistake that happens when companies don’t go that extra step to make sure they’re not forgetting something,” Ford wrote.
Meanwhile, Brande Victorian, writer for Black lifestyle publication Madame Noire, didn’t believe the issue was that serious.
“Sure, it may make you pause for a second, but ‘racist’ can’t be the default response every time something that deals with Black people catches our eye—and incites our racial hypersensitivity,” she wrote.
Disney has not commented on the issue.
The company came under fire in the past for their portrayal of Native Americans in the film “Red Man.” Also, many criticized the use of Blacks as monkeys in “The Jungle Book.”
(Reprinted from the Afro American)