Thursday, March 15, 2007

Disney's Foray into Modernity

She Wanted to Read My Palm, and Promised a Good Fortune

What do Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella all have in common?

Well, they're White, of course.

For close to a century, the Disney Company has promoted European ideals of beauty: usually blond, sometimes not, but always white. Even as our own ideals of equality have nurtured, matured and become more true to society, Disney kept churning out the milquetoast. Even Ariel, half of a friggin' fish, was a pale redhead!

I read a short little story today about how Disney has finally discovered Modernity and will have a black princess as the lead in one of its animated movies. Good for them. Now I only hope that maybe one day young black youth will stop believing bullshit ideals of beauty.

3 comments:

Porcupine said...

amen.

Zuzu Petals said...

If it makes you feel any better, I got dumped this weekend because I wasn't a latina. True story.

ALT - [f r a m e s] said...

AL, blog it.