Earlier this week, Brussels was attacked. Two blasts at the Brussels International Airport and another explosion just 7 miles away at a metro station. Over 30 dead. Hundreds wounded.
Istanbul, Ankara, Paris, San Bernardino, the list goes on. ISIS claims responsibility over and over and over again. And every single time, Muslims as a collective group are blamed. We get hashtags like #StopIslam followed by something about how we all need to be exterminated.
Is it strange then that I turn to comic books and superhero shows to try to escape it all?
It’s about time we have a Disney animated film with more than one main female character. And it’s actually about love for someone other than a prince charming! And don’t even get me started on the songs. “Let It Go” has been stuck in my head for the past month. Seriously, the movie is all kinds of fantastic.
The only thing that sort of stinks is the fact that progress has to come in single categories. If movies ever take big steps in women’s rights and providing more female voices, then it’s always in the form of Caucasian females. Imagine if they had set the fictional town of Arendelle in China or Spain or even somewhere near the Andes, which is in Latin America. (We still don’t have a Hispanic disney “princess,” by the way. Just FYI.)
I know I know. It sounds like I’m just trying to detract from the awesomeness of the movie by bringing in that stupid topic of race. Gosh. But I’m just thinking about the majority of little girls in the world who are not Caucasian would probably love to see more characters on screen who look like them. Because…
The woman on the left is supposed to be Nichelle Nichols who played Uhura on the TV show, “Star Trek,” from 1966-1969. It was one of the first times an African American woman portrayed a non-stereotypical character on screen.
I understand that Frozen was set in a place similar to Denmark in honor of Danish author Hans Christian Anderson whose story, “The Snow Queen,” was the inspiration for this movie. Sure that’s fair. But what about Tangled ? That totally could have been set anywhere else in the world.
I know that we have our token minority Disney characters. We got the Chinese covered (Mulan), the African Americans (Tiana), the Arab/brown people (Jasmine and Aladdin), heck we even have the Native Americans (Pocahontas), and like a gypsy too (Esmerelda)!
Sidenote: The setting of Aladdin is pretty weird if you think about it. It’s set in an “Arabian” land and yet the Sultan’s palace looks like the Taj Mahal, which is in India. The Arab world and South Asia are VERY different. But let’s not even get into that.
The point I’m trying to make is…I don’t want the rest of the world to be tokens anymore. Isn’t that a fair request too? I know I’m not the only person who feels this way.
On a slightly different note, have you heard this brilliant version of “Let It Go” in 25 different languages? It gave me chills!
And then I noticed that there was no Arabic. Or Hindi or Bangla or Urdu… But come on at least put in some Arabic! It’s like they skipped over the brown portion of Asia. And the entire Middle East. Oh Disney.
Today’s blog is going to be really short for a couple of reasons. Mainly because I spent all day filming interviews in the Western suburbs and I am exhausted, but also because I don’t really trust myself to be super coherent about what I’m about to show you. So uuh…hey! Hey, you guys! Look what happened!
Ahem. Excuse me one moment, but: EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Calm. I am very clam. AHHHH! No I’m not! I’m really excited! I know I spend a lot of time talking about The Hobbit (this will be blog post number 3) but I have feelings! So many feelings! And then they go and give me a new trailer and it happens when I’m tired and I just want to curl up into a ball and cry…