June 30, 2015
At the end of last year, my family came across a Frozen photo op in the form a character board with holes for faces. My daughter enjoyed the movie, so I suggested we stop. She answered, “Okay, but I get to be Elsa. I’m not gonna’ be Ana. She got engaged twice in the same movie!” Now, I’ve got no actual objection to Disney but most people will admit she’s right. A lot of those movies have some questionable standards. YouTube, however, might have the antidote. Here are our top 5 videos that flip those Princess stereotypes on their heads.
You might have seen this video, “If Disney Princes Were Real,” when it made the social media rounds a while back. There’s love at first sight, a singing thief, and a princess in disguise. Somehow, those romantic clichés lose something in translation.
And what’s up with those women, who accepted some outrageous and sexist behavior? Here they are gathered at a party and gushing about their princes, when Elsa takes offense and teaches them another way.
Surely you didn’t miss princesses taking on other princesses in the irreverent “Princess Rap Battles.” In the one that started it all, Cinderella in the form of Sarah Michelle Gellar fights Belle in the form of Whitney Avalon. They break out insults at each other like “Let’s look at your mentality, Freud loves your abnormality, The Stockholm Syndrome Story: Beauty and the Bestiality” and “Your tale as old as time sets us back fifty years. Do your chore, clean the floors, ‘til a man just appears?”
And can we talk about the princess look? Does anyone come close to their poufy hair, toothpick waists, and perfectly settling dress? Someone decided to draw these girls with hair unassisted by movie animation magic. I love the more realistic take!
Beyond the unrealistic hair, the princess outfits can get out of control. In theory, these stories come from different times and countries but, according to this video, their interpretation of traditional dress skews pretty drastically. Our picture of India’s Jasmine or the roaring 20’s Tiana probably doesn’t come anywhere close to history.
What’s your take on the Disney princesses?