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Disney defends new Hispanic-influenced princess

October 23, 2012 • Entertainment


This undated publicity photo released by Disney Junior, shows the character Princess Sofia who stars in a TV movie titled “Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess,” airing Nov. 18, 2012 on the Disney Channel. Disney said Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, that Sofia is “mixed-heritage princess in a fairy-tale world.” Her mother is from a Spain-inspired kingdom, and her birth father is from a realm inspired by Scandinavia. (AP Photo/Disney Junior)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. is defending its newest princess following a backlash over her Hispanic-influenced ethnicity.

A new character named Sofia will star in the TV movie “Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess” airing Nov. 18 on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior. Hispanic advocacy groups have questioned whether the fair-skinned, blue-eyed young princess is an accurate representation of the Hispanic population and wondered why Disney isn’t doing more to promote its first princess with Hispanic-inspired roots.

“They seem to be backpedaling,” said Lisa Navarrete, spokeswoman for the National Council of La Raza. “They’ve done such a good job in the Login to read more

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