Disney Facing Backlash Over Black Tinker Bell in ‘Peter Pan & Wendy’


‘Peter Pan & Wendy’
Twitter Pissed Over Black Tinker Bell
… Would Rather Have New POC Characters

3/1/2023 12:10 AM PT

Artistes yara shahidi and tinkerbell

People think Disney’s choice to make Tinker Bell Black in the upcoming “Peter Pan & Wendy” flick instead of making a new character for a person of color is a terrible move … and now Twitter is up in arms over it — what a shock.

In case you missed it, Disney dropped the trailer for the live-action film Tuesday, with fans getting a first look at Yara Shahidi as everyone’s favorite pixie … but a bunch of people are complaining about the switch-up, saying it feels like the company’s more interested in image than inclusivity.

Artistes Yara As Tinkerbell

Twitter’s in a frenzy over Yara’s role — with one person writing, “Disney loves to race swap these days instead of creating original and new characters that are POC.”

Disney couldn’t care less about making new stories with Poc characters, they just put poc ppl to play white characters, and that shows 1) how lazy Disney is 2) how racist this is, it’s like they don’t think poc ppl deserve their own stories (beside like 3 animated movies?)

— Alex (he/they) (@tinyscribbles_) February 28, 2023

Another echoed that, saying Disney’s more focused on race-swapping original characters as opposed to putting in the time to make a new product with a more diverse cast.

but tinker bells iconic look is literally the blonde hair n blue eyes. nothing wrong with the loose representation but why keep changing shit that already has a staple look

— ༺lin༻ (@melaniesteady) February 28, 2023

Others say Tinker Bell has always been known as a white girl with blonde hair and blue eyes — and diverting from the original material isn’t right.

As you know, Disney recently made this same move with “The Little Mermaid,” casting Halle Bailey as Ariel.

Tenían a Dove Cameron para hacer de Tinkerbell 😩 https://t.co/fLd1TzbDIV pic.twitter.com/1WifBBbuj4

— ༒ 𝕷𝖎𝖌𝖊𝖎𝖆 𝕯𝖊𝖕𝖕 ༒ (@twiggywitch) February 28, 2023

As for who would make a great fit for Tink, Twitter’s got that answer too — a bunch of folks are saying longtime Disney Channel alum Dove Cameron would’ve filled the role perfectly.

The movie drops in late April … and it appears Disney’s now gotta brace for impact when it comes out.