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February 8th, 2012

Here's the thing....

People on tumblr are going all bat shit crazy about Tangled and how there are no people of color in the movie....

Here's my stance on the issue.

Who. Gives. A. Fuck?

As a person on color/mixed race person I know how it feels not to have Disney cartoons cater to me. And you know what? That shit scared me for life. I still want red hair to this very fucking day. I still wish my hair were straight and not curly as hell. Do I wish that Disney added more poc to their movies? Sure I do. I think that it would give their movies a depth that most cartoons don't have. But you know what, I'm not in an authoritative position to change their policies. You want something to change, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Don't just sit behind your computers and bitch about how you're "disappointed" at Disney for not putting poc in a movie that clearly wouldn't have poc in it. Oh, and by the way, if there were poc in the movie, they would be slaves in it, no matter their race. Make a petition, write a letter, give an interview.

But understand this, Disney makes movies that are... and I'm hating that I'm going to say this, somewhat historically accurate. DO not mistake me, I know about how horrible Disney is when it comes to making things historically accurate (this is why I've only seen Pocahontas once.) But when it comes to skin tones, they're pretty spot on. Mulan had no white people in it. Aladdin had no white people in it. And historically speaking, when those films were set, there were indeed no white people in those places.

So what if Disney made yet ANOTHER film with ANOTHER blonde princess in it. They've made so many now that its worthless actually trying to keep count. Put on your big girl panties and deal with the fact that there are some movie genres that are still dominated by white people. It's just the way that they were written. Does it make it right? No. Does it make it wrong? A little yeah. Do we need to integrate more poc in movies marketed to children? OF COURSE!! Life has many different colors and people in it. And I do believe that movies marketed to children do need to have that sort of diversity in them.

In any case, if you're going to get up in arms about no poc in movies, get pissed for EVERY MOVIE you see, because its useless of you to bitch about one and not others. Do I need bring up movies like Lord of the Rings where there are no poc in the movie? I don't see anyone bitching about that. Or are you just choosing Tangled because it's a child's film?

*On a side note, I happen to fucking LOVE Lord of the Rings. 

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