Anonymous asked: I know that Scandinavians are normally really, really white, so why is everybody getting all uppity about Frozen's characters being white and not black? I just wanted to know. Sorry if I hit a sore spot for you.

This isn’t a sore spot so much as it’s a redundant and racist comment.

For one thing, no one is asking for the characters to be black. However, there is evidence to support that there were African people in Denmark. Plus, black people are not the only persons of color to ever have interactions with white people- you’re forgetting that intercontinental travel, immigration as well as colonialism/imperialism have touched most of this planet.

The reason we’re disappointed in Frozen’s characters being all white is that for one it erases the presence of native people of color who live there as well as its complicity in media inequality and exclusion. There’s also the fact that the story it’s based on, The Snow Queen featured characters of color.

-pik

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THE GOLDEN RULE

frozenwithoutdisney:

Unless something is written with the explicit intent of adhering to a socio-political advocacy (feminism, anti-racism, etc) it is misleading to declare media to BE a socio-political advocate. 

Sing it with me:

  • [Disney] media is not inherently feminist.
  • [Disney] media is not inherently anti-racist.
  • [Disney] media is not inherently queer.
  • [Disney] media is not inherently progressive or motivated by any socio-political agenda.

Sing this with me:

  • [Disney] media is inherently motivated by profit.

When we take Disney (or other media) up through the lens of feminist theory, queer theory and/or critical race theory, what we are doing is undertaking a reading of that media. We are examining the media to determine how it changes through different theories and/or perspectives.

This is because goods do not have an inherent value in themselves. They are invested in meaning. They seem to embody values, like happiness or sexiness or meaning, which can then supposedly be bought and sold in the market, commodified. We are all complicit AND resistant in this process; when Disney finally brings in some queer princesses and disabled princesses and all those lovely bits of diversity, it will be because there was market demand for them. We can never trust corporations to do the “right thing” because their loyalty is only to profit.

TL;DR: Don’t call anything Disney does or creates “social justice.” Make it WORK for our approval!

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Anonymous asked: What do the mods think about the Walt Disney Confessions Rage blog?

waltdisneyconfessions:

Jen: Umm… I don’t really have an opinion? They add their commentary to confessions and they make good points about racism/sexism in the films. I don’t have an opinion about most people’s blogs. Whatever makes them happy , I guess! :) I understand that they’re not angry at me, just the confessions so it really has nothing to do with me.

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I’m going to reblog this because of this post. Looks like DreamWorks Animation must be ultimately superior to Disney animation seeing as they can animate a black character with natural hair, which, according to some people is the twelfth labor of Hercules. *sarcasm*
#still bitter

animonde:

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I’m going to reblog this because of this post. Looks like DreamWorks Animation must be ultimately superior to Disney animation seeing as they can animate a black character with natural hair, which, according to some people is the twelfth labor of Hercules. *sarcasm*

#still bitter

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Anonymous asked: Am I the only one bothered by HISHE calling the opening song 'Lion King music'?

Well, the song did open up the movie with “ethnic” sounding music to make it sound grandiose/mystical. The only difference is the The Lion King’s soundtrack was more consistent and the song provides the movie’s major theme.

I was personally thinking Lion King when I saw the movie the first time.

-pik

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Anonymous asked: In psychology class, We were discussing gender roles. My teacher brought up the Disney Princesses and that Frozen is amazing because it doesn't center around a love story. And while I know Mulan isn't a princess in her movie, she's still in the line, so I was like," What about Mulan?" And my teacher responded with "Mulan doesn't count, it's a Chinese tale." Does this bother any of you?

Your teacher sounds a bit racist, not gonna lie. Seriously, their answer doesn’t even make sense: how does the movie being based off of a Chinese legend disqualify it from a discussion about gender roles? Your teacher just sounds like someone caught up in the Frozen hype that they think everything else is inferior because it’s Disney’s "first*feminist* film".

Plus, Mulan is just as much a part of the Disney canon as Frozen; heck, the film actually does discuss gender roles as well as the perceived worth of the sexes (just be sure to remember that the movie is not an accurate portrayal of Chinese gender dynamics of the time period). Brave would have been another example to bring up. It’s another great example of gender roles as well as autonomy.

-pik

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inkteller:

OH MYG GOD THIS IS THE GREATEST THING EVER I DON’T CARE WHO YOU ARE JUST WATCH THE THING

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malrora asked: sairobi(.)deviantart(.)com/art/Princess-Broomhilda-351224533 Don't know if you've ever seen Django Unchained, but I came across this and I remembered a few posts from this blog regarding Tiana and how she was not given the option of being a "delicate princess"

That’a actually a great comparison. Granted, I’m not the biggest fan of Django Unchained (though I think the first half of it is a really solid movie) for a lot of reasons and Broomhilda’s character is one of them. While it is refreshing to see a black woman in the role of the damsel, or “princess”, she simply becomes a device for Django to advance the plot rather than being her own character. We don’t know anything about her other than she’s Django’s wife and that she can speak German.

While Tiana may not have been a pampered princess like some of her counterparts, at least she was a definable character. Plus, she isn’t simply identified through her relationship through a man. That’s Broomhilda’s main identifier.

-pik

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arseniccupcakes asked: hey there, i was just perusing your old PaTF review and i was curious what you think about charlotte/ the way she has been received? i've noticed that she seems to get a lot more love than Tiana, especially on tumblr, and it's making me think...

feministdisney:

haha I have read a fair amount about that on here (both just the love, and critique of the love); I found it interesting as well!  

I think it’s operating on several levels.   First, to be fair, tumblr is full of a very… loyal Disney fandom, and I think it’s sort of natural that they might sympathize highly with basically a Disney-within-a-Disney character.   Like the movie sort of pokes fun at her for “wanting to find a prince [and basically wanting to be a Disney princess],” but doesn’t actually villainize her (especially since hey, it happens to Tiana) and I think it sort of was the green light for a lot of fans being like, “I know my Disney-based desires are silly and are unrealistic, but I have them anyways and I’m going to own them.”

I think some of it was also just the way the characters were set up.   Charlotte is a pretty one dimensional character- she is very set in the “bubbly jumpy” tempo and doesn’t grow or change much by the end of the movie.   Tiana is a more complex character and changes a lot, and makes more mistakes/has more bad to go with the good because there is more focus on her.    And she’s one of the more realistic princesses to some extent, in that she worries about responsibilities/paying bills/a job/her future and it might not appeal as much to the escapism aspect many people look for in Disney.

ON the other hand, getting back to what you were, I think, alluding to in your question, I do think it is also to some extent a result of black/white and the over-representation of white women in media/under-representation of black women.    I think people are so accustomed to sympathizing and seeing themselves as similar to white lead characters, and seeing black characters as background “friend” characters that it’s going to take some adjusting.    To be quite frank I don’t think Charlotte would have been quite as popular had she been the same exact character, but black, rather than a white, blond-haired Southern belle.

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