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"Princess and the Frog" Gets More Criticism for Cajun Stereotypes

by on July 28, 2009

Disney’s upcoming animated movie The Princess and the Frog has drawn a protest from The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL), which claims that the character Ray the firefly is “a continuation of the stereotyping of Cajun people, which is inaccurate,” adding that the Disney movie is only the latest in a chain of movies which “portrayed us as backward, toothless, illiterate people who fart.” In the trailer for the movie, Ray (voiced by veteran voice actor Jim Cummings) is missing several teeth and speaks to the camera in broken grammar with a thick Cajun accent. CODOFIL President Warren Perrin admitted that his complaint was based on the depiction of Ray in the trailer, but claimed his objections were intended to head off potential stronger protests later, adding, “I’m simply saying, ‘Let me help you not make a mistake.'”

This news follows many other complaints from different groups over changes and perceived slights from the black community.

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