Today, news broke that Disney purchased the rights to a story about a white American who claimed some of the “No man’s land” in North Sudan so that he could make his daughter a princess. After his six year old announced she wanted to be a real princess, Jeremiah Heaton searched for unclaimed land so he could crown his little girl. He found some, dubbed it the Kingdom of North Sudan, and named his daughter princess of it.
For some reason, people are mad that the first princess of Africa was going to be an white girl whose father colonized land for the sole purpose of letting her live that entitled princess fantasy. If you don’t get that that as sarcasm, please stop reading.
Screenwriter Stephany Folsom has been swearing up and down all over Twitter that this incredibly offensive story is not the one she’s writing.
— Stephany Folsom (@StephanyFolsom) May 14, 2015
However, Folsom isn’t letting us in on what story they ARE telling, which is information that could really ease the internet backdraft. The Hollywood Reporter says only that “The studio is focusing on the relationship between the father and daughter set against a backdrop of a fantastical adventure.” Whatever that means.
The only unfortunate thing about this incredibly justified backlash is the little girl’s name and picture being splashed all over the place. I’m not sure I agree with the way this little girl is going to be painted as a Veruca Salt forever when it’s her father who’s to blame.
Hopefully, Disney figures out what a terrible idea this is and cuts it off.