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Princess Sofia from Disney's "Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess," which debuts on the Disney Channel Nov. 18.

After a Disney executive producer commented to press recently that a new Disney princess to be unveiled next month was to be Latina - and public reaction to her fair looks turned heated - Disney is now clarifying her ethnicity. Or perhaps making it murkier still.

NBC Latino reported today that a Disney executive stated on Disney's Princess Sofia Facebook page that “All our characters come from fantasy lands that may reflect elements of various cultures and ethnicities but none are meant to specifically represent those real world cultures.”

A Disney producer/writer interviewed in the story described Sofia as "a mixed-heritage princess in a fairy-tale world," with her mother coming from a fictional kingdom "inspired by Spain" and her birth father from a place "inspired by Scandinavia." In other words, Sofia is bicultural.

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