Disney’s The Princess and the Frog teaser Jim Cummings controversy

Above, you can take a sneak peek at Disney’s newest princess, particularly noteworthy because she is the first African American princess. The movie has had its share of controversy already and it’s not even out yet, but a little of the complaints are directed at Winnie the Pooh himself, Jim Cummings.

FilmGordon claims that Jim Cummings’ accent is racially offensive in the trailer. However, after watching this a great many times, I wasn’t even convinced that the bug in question is even played by Jim Cummings. Yes, JC is in the movie, but the trailer doesn’t say if his character is the one featured. (Update: It is being widely reported that it is Jim Cummings).

Let me put the following questions to you:

  1. Regardless of who it is in the trailer, are you offended?
  2. Does your answer changed based on the fact that Jim Cummings is native to New Orleans?

Sound off below. . .

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  • I am not African American so my opinion has no validity.

    I was a bit offended by the bug’s lack of teeth, its the ‘ignorant of personal hygiene and therefore toothless trash’ connotation. That made me uncomfortable.

  • I am not African American so my opinion has no validity.

    I was a bit offended by the bug’s lack of teeth, its the ‘ignorant of personal hygiene and therefore toothless trash’ connotation. That made me uncomfortable.

  • But if he, as a white man from New Orleans himself, is playing a the same character, only we assume the character is white like himself, does that change your answer?

    For the record “I am not African American so my opinion has no validity” is one of the scariest sentences I have ever read.

  • But if he, as a white man from New Orleans himself, is playing a the same character, only we assume the character is white like himself, does that change your answer?

    For the record “I am not African American so my opinion has no validity” is one of the scariest sentences I have ever read.

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  • Minsc

    Disney feels it wants to do a policitally correct movie and cast a black princess. Fine. They should anticipate polical correctness police to correct them to thier way of thinking at every turn. If for some reason Jim’s voice is degrading or racist it’s the producers that either did not make him change it or told him to use the spcific style of voice. Based on the looks of the bug I’d say it was the latter. Jim rocks!

  • Minsc

    Disney feels it wants to do a policitally correct movie and cast a black princess. Fine. They should anticipate polical correctness police to correct them to thier way of thinking at every turn. If for some reason Jim’s voice is degrading or racist it’s the producers that either did not make him change it or told him to use the spcific style of voice. Based on the looks of the bug I’d say it was the latter. Jim rocks!

  • Merideth

    Are we forgetting a little blockbuster called…umm…THE WATERBOY??!!!!?? Louisiana lovers will tell you that their land is filled with folks-white AND black alike-who talk like this. It isn’t profiling, it is honoring them with a character that is obviously well studied. Don’t you think Disney’s legal department would have nixed this flick if they thought it was defamitory? The company is in enough finacial trouble without a racially-charged flop. I hope folks will give Disney a chance with this one. It already impresses the heck out of me that they are taking this one back to drawn animation.
    It isn’t as if the firefly is performing in black-face. Ted Danson did that, and he still got signed for Becker.

  • Merideth

    Are we forgetting a little blockbuster called…umm…THE WATERBOY??!!!!?? Louisiana lovers will tell you that their land is filled with folks-white AND black alike-who talk like this. It isn’t profiling, it is honoring them with a character that is obviously well studied. Don’t you think Disney’s legal department would have nixed this flick if they thought it was defamitory? The company is in enough finacial trouble without a racially-charged flop. I hope folks will give Disney a chance with this one. It already impresses the heck out of me that they are taking this one back to drawn animation.
    It isn’t as if the firefly is performing in black-face. Ted Danson did that, and he still got signed for Becker.

  • Merideth

    And to quickly add to that…
    Watch the Dirty Jobs where Mike is out fishin’ for crawdads in the swamps…

  • Merideth

    And to quickly add to that…
    Watch the Dirty Jobs where Mike is out fishin’ for crawdads in the swamps…

  • Look, I never knew who JC was before my two year old daughter picked up a small obsession with Winnie the Pooh (much like her mother before her). Then I come to see he was worked on some amazing projects in the past including Baldur’s Gate, The Tick, EVEN DUCKMAN for crying out loud. I think the man deserves a little more attention then he currently gets, unless he doesn’t want it.

    Let’s face it, as soon as someone achieves any sort of notariety, they will become a target for public mud-raking. I don’t care if you’re the pope himself, someone is going to see something bad about you for what-ever reason. I have yet to read the article debasing JC, but I will say this right off the bat, whatever it says will probably be no worse then what future critics have to say about Mr. Cumming’s work. I saw no sign of racism in that trailor. A question I’d like to pose a little pre-maturely is this: was the author of the review in question black? If so, then fine, there “may” (note the quotation marks) be some validation there. If not, then who the hell gave this guy the authority to determine what black people find offensive?

  • Look, I never knew who JC was before my two year old daughter picked up a small obsession with Winnie the Pooh (much like her mother before her). Then I come to see he was worked on some amazing projects in the past including Baldur’s Gate, The Tick, EVEN DUCKMAN for crying out loud. I think the man deserves a little more attention then he currently gets, unless he doesn’t want it.

    Let’s face it, as soon as someone achieves any sort of notariety, they will become a target for public mud-raking. I don’t care if you’re the pope himself, someone is going to see something bad about you for what-ever reason. I have yet to read the article debasing JC, but I will say this right off the bat, whatever it says will probably be no worse then what future critics have to say about Mr. Cumming’s work. I saw no sign of racism in that trailor. A question I’d like to pose a little pre-maturely is this: was the author of the review in question black? If so, then fine, there “may” (note the quotation marks) be some validation there. If not, then who the hell gave this guy the authority to determine what black people find offensive?