The most popular white Disney princesses we grew up with all have animal companions we have watched for years...but what if I told you Disney promotes animal exploitation and racism through those furry friends?
Ok, let's break it down. Disney is able to create a distance between the human and animal characters in the princess movies with white main characters, which makes the exploitation of the animal sidekicks justifiable. We can't relate to the animals so we don't get offended when they are treated poorly, and the only time we can relate to the animal is in Princess and the Frog when Tiana physically turns into a frog. The fact that she is black then also inclines the viewer to see black people as closer to animals....tssk tssk tssk.
The first way is through animation. Animals in the movies typically have cartoonish or exaggerated appearances. Whether it is gigantic eyes, funny potbellies, or abnormally sized mouths, something is usually off.
The second way is by making the animals have humorous voices with speech impediments or accents, which make them seem less serious and intelligent than their human masters. Sometimes they don't really have voices at all, such as in Snow White.
In Cinderella, Snow White, and The Little Mermaid, the princesses don't share the quality of overly exaggerated physical qualities that the animals do, however Tiana from Princess and the Frog does. I probably don't even have to tell you why this is not ok, but just in case it went over your head this is bad because Tina is the only black princess. Having her shown in an animal like animation style makes her seem closer related to the animal kingdom than the white princesses. She is drawn with enlarged eyes, a big nose, and big ears, which are also stereotypically black traits (so many problems here Disney)
Not to mention Tiana is the only princess that actually turns into an animal (and spends the overwhelming majority of her movie being shown as a frog instead of a human). While this does make the viewer more connected, and therefore more compassionate towards the frog, it is obviously not ideal because SHE IS NOT EVEN REPRESENTED.AS A HUMAN, LET ALONE A STRONG BLACK WOMAN!!!
Okay, now that we have some background information, let's get into some specific offenses of animal rights as performed by our favorite caucasian princesses...
1. Cinderella: Gus Gus and Jaques do her chores, and the birds make her a dress. Not to mention she shoves the mice into little human clothes and talks to them like young children. All of this messed up treatment adds up and takes away any possibility of them being viewed as living things.