I happened to watch this show. Yes, it was pretty good. Irene Bedard got 15 minutes and two young Native starlets, Shauna and Shannon Baker, got another 15 minutes. It must be the most air-time Natives have gotten on a major talk show in a long time.
Bedard made many of the usual points about Hollywood's portrayal of Indians. These aren't news to readers of Newspaper Rock, but they may have been to Tyra's viewers. Among them:
(All quotations are approximate.)
Carmen Van Kerckhove raises a good point about the Indian princess issue. Tyra didn't press Bedard on it, but Bedard might have defended herself as follows:
On the other hand, it's still a movie where the Native woman served primarily as a romantic object. More to the point, the alleged romance never happened. Pocahontas was a child of 10-12, not a nubile young woman. The 27-year-old John Smith wouldn't have fallen in love with a pre-pubescent girl young enough to be his daughter.
It's a close call, but I can understand why Bedard chose to take the role. Disney's version of Pocahontas was arguably more positive than negative. Bedard may have fought to make her a better character than she was on the page.