“I strongly believe in gay rights, but I really hate that people want Disney to have a gay couple. I think it would just be so wrong to incorporate into their movies. I can’t even explain why to myself, but I just really hope it never happens.”
This, I’m all for their rights and I respect their preference.
Also, why why does it matter so much if it were in a Disney film? Kids can learn about sexuality in another way, it doesn’t have to involve Disney.
“I agree. o-o; Especially when this subject of sexuality is WAY too sensitive and controversial of a subject to touch on in this time of era.”
are we talking about the Victorian era, because I’m fairly sure that basically every Disney movie has “the subject of sexuality” in it if two characters being in love counts for that. And yes, queer identity is somewhat controversial- because there are bigots. The best way to change people’s opinions on how they view this is often for them to actually see gay/queer/whatever relationships/people/whatever so that it becomes clear that they are just people like everyone else, not devious devil lovers. I mean, our own vice president said that the show Will & Grace is what helped turn him around- we often take the social influence of tv/movies for granted, but it is undeniably a powerful force that has the potential to shape how we see and talk about certain social issues.
“Plus, people constantly suggesting movies put non-hetero couples in their movies seems a bit forceful…let the producers and directors make their own choices, sheesh. It’s like telling an artist what to draw, and trust me, it takes INSPIRATION for an artist such as I to even draw. :I;”
No, it takes money for Disney illustrators to draw. You think everyone who animates every Disney movies backs every animation they draw 100%? Of course not- someone else is in charge of telling the animators what to draw, what to add or take out. And they do it because it is their job. Obviously creativity on the part of the illustrator is a large component of their art, but it’s silly to frame this as if they’re all put in a room and told to come up with whatever they find “inspiring” and call it a movie.
It’s not “forceful.”
“In a way, making movies is also an art. Don’t shove it, just wait until they’re inspired… :U”
I’m going to continue to “shove it.” And also, I did see your reply to another person questioning your statements here, and no, the fact that you could take or leave straight relationships as well doesn’t balance this whole thing out. I can almost guarantee, without looking through your blog, that you have never written multiple posts agreeing with other people that Disney should never have straight relationships in their movie. The reason is that, even if you don’t care much for them, you accept them as being a predictable part of any narrative- you see them as normal and therefore uncontroversial, unproblematic. It would be nice if gay relationships could be shown without them being seen as an ideological/political battle every time, but change does not come overnight. You DO have to push for representation and not sit by waiting possibly forever for it to come.
Also, Ariel was a character created specifically in response to a lot of “pushing” by fans who weren’t content with the earlier princesses and their lack of agency. Yet everyone loves Ariel and I doubt you think the artists who drew her had a lack of inspiration just because someone told them what to draw. Things like that seem controversial until they’re actually made… and then it’s not a big deal.
Thank goodness for FeministDisney because I don’t know what I’d do if I had to try to explain all of this.
Fat shaming aside, this is spot on.
An even more accurate example of something that could be classified as a “lifestyle choice”? Religion.
Don’t forget “Rebel Pride”.
I hope this gets a lot of notes.
Edit - This screenshot is real and is from his official Myspace page, sorry it’s true.
Wow, he really hates gay folks and reproductive rights, huh?
Well, that’s good to know. From what little I know of his work, he’s not my cuppa anyway but if he were this would be the end of my interest. I can continue ignoring his existence, I guess.
I’m not quite surprised they don’t seem to be up with the times if they’re still using a Myspace page.