Sarah Silverman says her Disney character is actually studio’s 1st Jewish princess

Vanellope Von Schweetz (voiced by Sarah Silverman) poses for the camera with her fellow Disney princesses in the animated film 'Ralph Breaks the Internet.' (Disney)

Comedian Sarah Silverman is making the case that Vanellope von Schweetz, a character from 2012 Disney animated picture Wreck-It Ralph, is actually the famous studio’s first ever Jewish princess. Silverman initially put forth the claim in response to a tweet from Disney on International Women’s Day in March in which Disney showed off princesses Moana, Mulan, Tiana, and Jasmine as examples of the diversity that the studio had embraced since they crowned Jasmine as their first non-white princess in 1992’s Aladdin. In response to the tweet, Silverman wrote that they had forgotten about “a lil Jewish girl in a green hoodie and candy stuck2 her hair.”

Speaking with Yahoo Entertainment ahead of the release of new sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet, Silverman said she was standing by the claim.

“I say she is. Nobody has said no,” replied Silverman, when asked to confirm that she believes Vanellope is Jewish like herself. “[They] have the same coloring. She’s feisty, she says what’s on her mind, she’s a little pushy.”

Wreck-It Ralph creators Rich Moore and Phil Johnston backed up the assertion.

“I think that very much so,” said Moore.

“A Jewish animated princess, absolutely,” added Johnston.

While Disney has yet to formally claim Vanellope as its first Jewish princess, her inclusion has been seen as a sign of progress — especially given the claims of anti-Semitism that long dogged the studio and its founder, Walt Disney. In 1938, Walt Disney infamously hosted Nazi filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl at his studio just one month after Kristallnacht, the night when thousand of German jews were attacked, killed, and sent to concentration camps.

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