Friday, 21 October 2011

Only in Hollywood.

Yeah, I'm a youtube addict. I recently had watched my weekly Jenna Marbles episode (if you don't know who I'm talking about...well, youtube her. HILARIOUS). It was about what she had learned from watching Disney movies - quite funny but ironically, so very true. What she had listed in the video is all the fake perks in Disney movies. The beautiful princesses, half naked mermaids, and the romantic prince charmings who save their pathetic lives and live happily ever after blah blah blah crap. Once I think about it, I can't think of one Disney movie that doesn't have a stereotype. All the ugly, fat and old people ruin the beautiful, skinny princesses' lives. So, what is that teaching us when we're six years old? It teaches us to avoid these people. It shows in it's own way, that all step mother's are evil, we need our prince charming to "save" us before we can live our life (by the way: they get married when they're like 18! What the hell!?) and that the only thing we (females) can do is sing, cook and clean. Pffffftttt. Whatever!

I can just hear all the people who laugh at this, make disagreements and shake their head at my thoughts but think about it for a minute! When I first saw Jenna's video I couldn't stop thinking about her reasonings so I googled, "How Disney movies ruined..." and before I could finish my sentence there was a whole list of suggestions that linked me to other pages. They included:
- How Disney movies ruined my life
- How Disney movies ruined my childhood expectations
- How Disney movies taught me in life
- How Disney movies are unrealistic

After reading these suggestions, I found myself being silly. After all, I was thinking about how I could come up with reasons to bash a child's movie company.I had thought about letting go of my exaggerated frustrations, butI decided to push Enter instead and ended up reading a cluster of articles about real life stories of the Disney World dream. One story that stuck out, is about this young guy around his twenties and he had said, that he had believed he had to be the "Prince Charming" in his life. He had stated, he honestly believed that in order to have his happily ever after, he had to be the perfected "do everything right" gentleman - have the "right" job, make the "right", courageous choices as well as finding his Miss Perfected Princess. Turns out, this guy had quickly found out that this fantasy world he wanted to create is nothing but filled with disappointments,imperfections and mistakes. He had felt like he had been lied to, cheated upon, and other devastating eye openers. Big deal, or....?

It seems a bit silly to blame Disney movies for our misconceptions on life, but where else do we get these confused messages about life? Media is a HUGE influence on the way we live and how we develop stereotypical perspectives on gender roles. Especially for females. (I.e. the long, thick, beautiful hair. Pretty face. Handsome prince charming. Our talents include cooking and cleaning...and cleaning and cooking. OH, and singing. We need a man to live happily ever after. etc etc.) Where do we draw the line?

I think they should make a Disney movie about an mid size, broad woman with dark hair, who faces real life problems; such as what college or university she should go to, where she should live, and what job she should apply for in the meantime. The ending of the movie can still be happily ever after - with her realizing she can overcome these obstacles while becoming a millionaire as she watches the much weaker male species line up to serve her ;) hehehe. I like it. I feel much better now knowing my dream is realistic and not some fake, unrealistic Disney World. 

Muahahaha. Anway, there's my thoughts :) Opinions!? Make your comments. Bring it on!!! ;) Haha


Bonnie said...

Hey, I like Disney.We watch them to relax and to forget about lifes problems, even if its just for an hour or two. Keep up the good Work.

AA said...

hahaha you crack me up! Lion King is pretty good tho isn't it!!!Akumatata!!!lol

Tara said...

I laughed out loud at what you wrote not because I don't agree but because I do! And do those disney movies have to be so traumatic? Bambi's mom getting killed and the lion king where the dad is clinging to a cliff and then falls to his horrific death! Come on!!!