Saturday, November 15, 2014

C'mon Disney!

The other day, I was keeping busy on Facebook (of course!) when I noticed a truly AMAZING article some friends had shared:

It sounds too good to be true, doesn't it?! Well, that's because, sadly, it is. Yes, it turns out that this article is just another online, faux news-site hoax.  

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Not everything on the internet is factual?!

Sure, I was disappointed that this article wasn't legitimate, but it doesn't bother me in the least that it was published online anyway. In fact, I'm happy that someone is hinting at what we're all thinking: WHEN, DISNEY?!

It's a new generation, which majorly supports rights for all peoples, including the LGBT community. This article, while not factual, is getting people talking about the possibility. Furthermore, it's no secret that Disney has evolved from its classic "tiny Caucasian princess is rescued by gallant Caucasian prince" storyline to more modern and accurate depictions of life.

Disney released the films Mulan and Brave, utilizing a woman as the heroin. They also released The Princess and the Frog, which featured the first animated African-American Disney princess. Even the highly received Frozen (try using the internet without stumbling across some cover of "Let It Go") has been speculated to have major themes of equality:

Disney also received mixed reactions when they introduced a lesbian couple to their Disney Channel show Good Luck Charlie. Disney assured TV Guide, they aspire to "be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness". In real life, Disney is also one of the first companies to recognize same-sex partners of employees in regards to their health benefit program. They also host Pride events annually.

It's clear to see that people want to be challenged, and want to see more reality reflected in the movies that their children will grow up watching. It is also clear that Disney believes in equality. So, while this article may not be true today, we may very well see a same-sex fairy tale brought to life on the big screen in the near future. The question is, just how near? I guess we will all just have to wait and see.

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