Facebook, a new animated series which premiered on the Disney Channel in March and has gone on to ratings and merchandising success, defying conventional wisdom that non-white lead characters in animated series are not as successful in either. The show and its young African-American female lead character has made an extremely positive impression on many parents and children, based on responses on Internet blogs and Facebook, and has served as a solid counter to racially-charged depictions of characters in earlier Disney works. The article quotes several parents, media commentators, series creator Chris Nee, and Disney Channels Worldwide president and chief creative officer Gary Marsh.
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