The image says it all. Sleeping Beauty sells vanilla candy. Tiana sells watermelon. What more can I say? I have no idea what the candy company was thinking, and this could be an innocent flavor assignment. Still, did not anyone in the company have a second thought? I also wonder what Mulan, Pocahontas, and Jasmine are selling.
This incident reminds me of a passage from Colson Whitehead’s novel Sag Harbor where he does a rift on watermelon as he talks about growing up:
“You didn’t, for example, walk down Main Street with a watermelon under your arm. Even if you had a pretty good reason. Like, you were going to a potluck and each person had to bring an item and your item just happened to be a watermelon, luck of the draw, and you wrote this on a sign so everyone would understand the context, and as you walked down Main Street you held the sign in one hand and the explained watermelon in the other, all casual, perhaps nodding between the watermelon and the sign for extra emphasis if you made eye contact. This would not happen. We were on display.”