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Funko popthe company that will one day make a toy out of every popular franchise character is in hot water today after unveiling a pair of Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen Funkos The Princess and the Frog. The problem? Prince Naveen is white. Another Problem? Funko has a long history with this.
While some people can definitely go overboard when it comes to commercial product mascots (given M&M’s Mayan haters), this one is kind of understandable as it’s pretty outrageous.
Is everyone at Funko color blind?
The difference is pretty clear and also kinda weird. What happened? Many people said that he is not Naveen but (insert white-sounding name here).
How does this happen? People are confused.
It’s so easy to say:
A possible explanation? Could it be Prince Eric by accident?
This is just a fraction, but this type of comment goes a long way. For the record, this isn’t the first time Funko has done this. There have been allegations of whitewashing The 100th Counting, teenage wolf figures and the character America Chavez/Miss America Doctor Strange 2.
Oh, and they whitewashed Jimi Hendrix too. How is that so often?
In the case of America Chavez, the company listened to the outrage from fans and updated the number. So there is at least a precedent.
This comes at an awkward time for Disney as it warms up its Splash Mountain ride featuring characters from the film – dubbed Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. Given how well known this is, there will likely be some changes to Prince Naveen’s character. Probably.
The whole point of the renaming was that Disney should distance itself from it song of the south, the original property on which the ride was based. A whitewashed Prince Naveen isn’t going to make this whole process any easier.
https://wegotthiscovered.com/news/disney-fans-are-furious-with-funko-for-whitewashing-a-new-pop-past-the-point-of-recognition/ Disney fans are furious with Funko for whitewashing a new pop past the point of recognition