Is there a subliminal message Disney is trying to send to our minority girls? First of all, how come we're not seeing big screen retoolings of 1998's Asian heroine, MULAN...
Oprah as the Fairy Godmother would have been fabulous casting.
I grew up on a cul-de-sac block in South Central Los Angeles. My working class family's friends and neighbors were black, Mexican and Asian. When I was a boy, I looked for images of my world on the big screen and on TV. Ethnic images. My drive to be a celebrity talk show host, film reviewer and game show host on TV was fueled by the fact I didn't see us minorities do that kind of work on local and network TV when I was a kid.
Back in 1990, I met with Disney execs in L.A. about possibly hosting my own celebrity talk show for Disney's Buena Vista syndication. I was honored to have the meetings, as I've been a longtime Disney fan. I'm still a Disney fan. I'm also a black male concerned about film images for minority little girls and teens. I just want to make sure that Disney today will embrace them too and give them the feeling that they are kind, they are smart and they are important. They don't secretly have to wish that they were slim and pretty Caucasian blondes in order to have special powers or to make their dreams come true.