IT TOOK ME TOO LONG TO GET THIS AND WHEN I DID I CRIED. NO. DO NOT DO THAT TO ME.
What does this mean I don’t get it at all o.O
Once upon a time I was babysitting my 12 year-old cousin and I took her to the mall for food and window shopping. This was around the time Enchanted came out so of course the walls were lined with Giselle. Not that I particularly minded, Enchanted was a good film.
So at any rate, I was casually browsing some of the outfits they had out and pick out this pink sparkly dress meant to be Aurora’s. I said, “Hey, Destiny, why don’t you wear this for Halloween?”
I should note I was just joking because this was the age where she was rebelling against dresses but rather than to comment on that she simply replied with, “That isn’t for me.”
I thought she was talking about the fact that I was holding up a dress so I pressed on, “Aw why not? C’mooon! I’m sure it’ll look great on you! Oh we could get you a nice tiara and sparkly heels-“
But she shook her head and went, “That’s only for white girls.”
Of course it was the initial line that took me by surprise, but even moreso was the sheer matter-of-factness that was in her voice. She wasn’t even fazed by it and talked as if was telling me some fact that I must have missed in a memo.
She went on to look at the TV screen but I kept going through the outfits thinking that maybe Jasmine or Pocahontas or Mulan would work, but that wasn’t the problem.
The problem IS that she is the so-called target audience for a store in which she found nothing for her and she accepted it as a fact.
The problem IS that all of this princess stuff isn’t FOR her.
The problem IS that I went through this revelation when I was her age and I thought that it would have ended a long time ago.
The problem IS that they rejoiced in Tiana only to get three more non-POC princesses.
And the problem is that all of this will CONTINUE to be and I just don’t know if I would be able to stand watching my two year-old niece realize this herself.
Because we’re Mexican, we’re mixed, we’re African-American, but most importantly we’re not white.
So you know what? No. Fuck YOU.
Because I WAS a kid. These princess movies WERE created for me, my cousins, my niece, and damn near every other little girl I have know in my lifetime.
And we were NEVER a part of their formula.
We are NEVER going to be a part of their formula.
I’m sick of this shit. I want to see this shit change and I’m not going to sit around waiting for it to change.
I am going to raise hell and I will bust my ass through school and I will get my degree and I will get into the animation industry and I will fight my absolute hardest to help in the change because if there’s one thing I never want to see again is a kid questioning why movies refuse to acknowledge their existence.
So you sit the fuck down and you shut the fuck up and you go through hearing this shit from four different kids and then you see if you can get off your fucking ass and say that shit to me again.
As sad as this is, I think the bigger problem might lie not in disney, but in general education. Of parents, friends and society. Because white people dress up all the time as indians, Japanese samurai, Chinese warriors etc. white people don’t mean to offend or arm any one by doing this. At least most people don’t mean anything by it besides having fun for a couple of hours. So instead of forbidding this sort of thing EVERY ONE, no matter what skin color, heritage or religion, gender etc. someone has, should be allowed and ENCOURAGED to participate and dress up as someone from another country/history.
I live in south germany, right to the border next to france. My class want’s to have a party soon and dress like people for the Oktoberfest do. I am the only one who’s ever lived in Munich and still don’t think that what they want to do is bad. They don’t want to offend people-they like the traditional clothing and want to have fun with it for a few hours. It’s not ok to conclude something is meant offensive when it really isn’t.
Now you could argue that traditions should only be held by people who ‘invented them’ and that it only takes ‘a few minutes of google search’ to find out about the origins of certain acts and therefor shouldn’t be practiced by white people or black people. But we live in a globalized world. So when a girl or a boy who isn’t white want’s to dress as a white character that is ok! It’s great! That’s what cosplay is all about.
I think we can all agree that every one in Harry Potter who has dies, except Voldemort, still lives.
Why not let actual queer people play the parts of queer people
how about picking the best actor for the role regardless of sexual orientation?
why not let actual queer people play the parts of queer people
Why not let actual dragons play dragons? Or actual brunettes brown haired people? Or blondes blondes? Or why not let actual detectives play detectives? Actual doctors play doctors?
Supernatural in Infographics: Seasons 1-8 (click to enlarge)
do action movies know they can have more than one female character
Someone should make an action movie with all girls except for one guy and have no explanation or mention of it in the movie and then pay all of the actors to act surprised like they’d never noticed when they get the inevitable storm of questions.
and the guy is always shirtless and breaking people’s necks with his thighs
And running around in really uncomfortable shoes that are not very good for running