On Thursday, the Walt Disney Co. made an announcement that they will be revamping the Splash Mountain theme park ride to cast Tiana, company’s first black princess and the star of a famous animated movie The Princess and the Frog.
The announcement of the renovation follows criticism of the current theme for Splash Mountain which basis on the 1946 film Song of the South. The film basically endorses racist stereotypes, argues an online petition.
In a blog post, Disney said that the Mountain will soon be completely reimagined and will feature Princess Tiana preparing to appear in a Mardi gras performance.
Walt Disney co. praises the character of Tiana and describes her as a courageous, modern, and empowered woman who follows her dreams and never loses vision of what is really essential. The story has a strong lead character shot in the backdrop of Louisiana bayou and New Orleans.
Disney and other Hollywood companies are reconsidering works from the past and transforming it into something new in order to show justice for the African American George Floyd who died in U.S Police custody.
A petition came upon change.org which said that the Splash Mountain is a beloved classic at Walt Disney World in Florida, California’s Disneyland, and Tokyo’s Disneyland. But the basic storyline and history of that mountain are extremely problematic and stereotypical since the 1946 film Song of the South.
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