While browsing the infamous Twitter Machine on my horrendously short lunch break the other day, I came across an article that caught my eye. The further I got into the news piece, the more I wanted to throw my PB2 & reduced sugar jelly sandwich at the wall. The article, simply put, stated that a teenage girl in the United States created a petition for Disney to create a “plus-sized” Princess so young girls can have a “positive role model”.
Did I read that right? Or have the Residents at my nursing home finally driven me nuts?
After rereading the article a second time and reassuring myself I wasn’t going insane, I got ticked. Yes, you could call me insensitive. You can even call me a bitch.
In my opinion, Disney would be out of their god forsaken minds if they even considered making a fat Princess.
If I was a parent (and one day I plan to be), there’s no chance in hell my daughter would be watching a Disney movie about an overweight Princess. If this movie would somehow center on this Princess losing weight, maybe I would consider. Otherwise, how would this Princess boost her confidence? How would this girl be a positive role model to my daughter? One of the biggest problems in our country today is obesity, especially childhood obesity, so why would we want a movie centered on an overweight animated girl? Children are easily influenced. I could already see a slew of young girls saying “if so-and-so could be fat, happy, and be a Princess, why can’t I?” Not a step in the right direction, America. While we’re at it, why don’t we just make her the Princess of McDonalds and her Father could be the Burger King.
Yeah, I could see this movie making millions in the box office already.
Don’t get me twisted; I see where this teenager is coming from by making this petition. She’s overweight, she’s probably bullied at school, and she wants a positive role model for other children out there in her shoes. She wants to rid this thing society has made up and dubbed “body shaming”. Yeah, yeah, I get it. All the Disney Princesses are skinny bitches. The article pretty much states that every Princess looks like they have a touch of anorexia. But come on, it’s an animated movie. Why would you want a body like an animated character from a movie? You’re supposed to be entertained by the movie. Children are supposed to be entertained by the movie. Enjoy the god damn plot and cry at the end into your tub of popcorn. Why are we making a big deal because the girls are skinny? Who cares? Oh wait, overweight people care. Duh.
Growing up, I watched all those Disney movies, of course I wanted to be a Disney Princess. What girl didn’t want to be one? Hell, I still want to be one. I wanted to be a freaking Mermaid like Ariel. I wanted a damn library like Belle. I wanted to learn to shoot arrows like Merida. I want to make an ice castle like Elsa. Do I want bodies like them?
Why? Because, it’s an animated movie, people.
Yes, you may tweet me now and call me “heartless”, “a bitch”, “mean”, or whatever comment you want to throw my way because I don’t believe in a Disney “plus-sized” Princess. Its okay, I could take it. You don’t have to agree with me on this. If someone wrote this a year ago and I read it, I would think the person was heartless as well.
Why? I used to be “plus-sized”. Yes, I could call myself fat. If you were never in that situation before - being extremely overweight and unhappy – you really don’t understand how it feels to live in that kind of body. I had a totally different perception of the world when I was 223 pounds than right now at 130 pounds. So yes, I do understand where this teenage girl is coming from wanting to try to “change the world” with her petition, but, I do know she would be better off trying to help herself and getting healthy. She should stop ignoring the issue of her weight and wasting energy with something that will quite honestly never happen, and become a role model in a different way. Go to the gym, eat right, be an inspiration to others – that is a role model that young children need to see – not some overweight, animated Princess who could dance and sing with animals.