Why Is Disney's First Black Princess Such A Challenge?
I'm sure this has nothing to do with Obama being crowned soon :p From the article: a fairy tale to be called The Frog Princess (lol, shit, no really?) featuring Maddy, a black chambermaid working for a spoiled white Southern debutante. A voodoo priestess fairy godmother helps Maddy win the heart of a white prince, after he rescues her from the clutches of a voodoo magician. (should have provided some 'interesting' symbolism) Clichéd? Stereotypical? Yeah, that's what many people thought. So even though the film was slated for a 2009 release, Disney went back to the drawing board. According to a report by Arifa Akbar in today's Independent:
Disney's original storyboard is believed to have been torn up after criticism that the lead character was a clichéd subservient role with echoes of slavery, and whose name sounded too much like "Mammy" – a unwelcome reminder of America's Deep South before the civil rights movement swept away segregation.
It's not bad enough that Disney's princesses are often unemployed runaways desperate for a man: The first black heroine works for a white woman?
Well, the new revised film is called The Princess And The Frog (lol, phew, close one) and the character is named Tiana. She's 19 and she lives in New Orleans (the city that can fuck off during a disaster!) during the Jazz Age. A spokesperson from Disney swears: "All other characters and aspects of the story will be treated with the greatest respect and sensitivity." (But, notes Akbar, will it be as sensitive from this song lyric from 1993's Aladdin? "I come from a land, from a faraway place, where the caravan camels roam, where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face; it's barbaric, but hey, it's home.")
What's The Allure Of Everything Disney?
Don't be fooled by the sparkly magic wands, the pint-sized tiaras and those cute little "animal friends." The Disney princesses aren't sweet and innocent. They're a gang of vicious hoodlums, and they're plotting against you [...] Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and the rest... Rarely slay dragons, play sports, pilot jets or do open-heart surgery. Instead, they fiddle with their coiffures, linger over invitations to the ball, flee ineffectually from evil crones and swoon. You don't have to be Gloria Steinem to realize that these are not, for the most part, useful professional skills in today's world.
Who's To Blame When Your Fairy Tale Doesn't Come True?
All the links are from a dumbass celebrity site, so iPologize for that. Check out Pseudoccult media's latest post and Freeman in general for more on Disney and their military industrial complex sponsered rides...
Thought this Technoccult link fitted better here so moved it: Racist Rejection Letter Stirs Controversy in SF Community - it is this kind of attitude from that ignorant editor that allows wars & even genocide, a lot of people I know think in this fucking stupid way. What is racism, it's (indoctrinated) ignorance. Ignoring how others peoples minds work and not realizing how similar the process is to yours. I once asked someone who happens to be the worst racist I've ever met - why he thought that way, why he doesn't realize that he hates people for no good reason, why he doesn't realize they're not the source of his problems. He smiled and tried fooling himself and me "I'm not that much of an extreme racist." I should have responded: "You act like one, so what's the fucking difference" I didn't bother, pick your battles... Because I saw the smile: look for it when you're talking about BS issues, when people manage to restore order after cognitive dissonance, they are so happy with themselves that their illusionary world is "saved" and don't have to start questioning loads... On some people you just give up, we can only hope they'll find their own way once they're bored with ignorance.
"We were being told to rough up Iraqis that wouldn't cooperate. We were also told they're nothing but dogs, then all of a sudden you start looking at these people as less than human, and you start doing things to 'em you would never dream of, and that's where it got scary."
Sgt Ken Davis. 372nd MP Company. Abu Ghraib)