"I want a princess from Africa. An actual human woman who is from Africa and a princess. And no, Nala does not count."
You get something better with Nala anyway. She is a Queen. The fact that she is not human is irrelevant.
Really? Nala, a lion, is better than an actual human African woman who would potentially be great representation as well as a great way to show a specific culture from Africa?
We need a princess from Africa, not an animal. It’s bad enough when people try to say that Nala is representation for black girls (this is pre-Tiana) or that she’s an actual princess. There is an unfortunate history of racism behind comparing black people to animals and this conversation just reinforces that. Nala is a cool character, but she is not representation and she is not enough.
You missed my point entirely. I never compared Nala (an animal) to a black person, or any person for that matter. Despite my bias towards Nala, what should matter the most is how she acts and what she represents. She is strong, passionate, and level headed. In this, or any other case comparing animals to humans is a garbage claim to fall back on. That is never what I meant. Besides, why does the Princess, or Queen in this case have to be human in order to be a good role model?
So the OP went ‘well, Nala is an animal, not an actual African woman in the line up with relevant or modern branding, she isn’t necessarily everywhere in the brand. Also, she’s an animal.’.
And you came in with ‘Well, she holds a title of Queen that’s above a princess’ - that unfortunately means very little even in TLK universe seeing as how the franchise still rotates around Simba and not her. Let alone - hey, we don’t see her do much of anything these days.
If ‘what matters is how she acts’, how come you deflect the idea of an actual princess from Africa? More than one person in the canon can act the same way, especially when adding a marginalized ethnicity (vague, seeing as how big Africa is) in an already horribly white franchise.
So while you may have used coded language you weren’t even aware of, yes, the rest of us did get your point.
It’s so easy for non black people to go ‘her species doesn’t matter’.
Ok, you got me, I’m white. The reason I say things like “her species doesn’t matter” is because I think that’s true. Just like how I think color doesn’t matter. Anyone that reads what I said and misinterpretes what I say is only putting a negative connotation on the subject at hand themselves. I just don’t understand why this is even an issue. All I did was make a simple comment.