The View’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck Faces Reality With Tiana Doll

Published by Starr Rhett on Friday, November 20, 2009 at 11:00 am.

The fact that we’re in the age of Obama signifies that the U.S. has come far in terms of race perception and relations. Even better is the fact that Disney, in 80 years of their existence, finally saw fit to give us a Black princess named Tiana. They have no idea how much of a boost in self-esteem they’re giving little Black girls but also the wonderful lesson they’re teaching everyone else (if they choose to be open). The View’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck recently got a dose of this reality thanks to her daughter’s affinity for the Tiana doll.

Hasselbeck talked about the fact that her daughter’s favorite doll at the moment is Tiana, on The View yesterday. She said her daughter plays with the doll’s hair, sleeps with it and carries it around everywhere she goes. It’s nice that Hasselbeck and other non-Black parents like her don’t make a big deal out of it because essentially, children don’t see color—but she admitted that she got funny looks one day when she and her daughter plus Tiana ran errands in New York City.

Hasselbeck said that some of the looks she got were pleasant and approving, but every now and then she got looks that were reproachful. She expressed that maybe she was thinking too hard about it but Whoopi Goldberg confirmed that she probably wasn’t (this is why I love Whoopi). Whoopi G. and also Sherri Shepherd told Hasselbeck in a nice way, “Welcome to our world.” Thanks goodness for the truth. As a Black woman, I’ve gotten looks that made me think twice about why someone may have been making a certain face at me that I thought was negative, and even though you want to think you might be overreacting, the look often comes with a certain vibe that Whoopi actually talked about, that let’s you know that it’s not in your head. This goes for anyone living not just in the country, but the world. We are all affected by race, especially people of color. I’m glad Hasselbeck went through what she experienced and wasn’t afraid to talk about it because now at least her eyes are open to the fact that we still have a lot of work to do. Hopefully more parents like her won’t think twice about getting their child a Black doll so that the discussion can continue.

Check out the actual conversation on The View’s website via ABC (from the Nov 19 show).

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