Disney is one of the largest media conglomerates in the country. This meaning Disney is one of the most powerful and influential corporations in our country. At age 6 I knew a few things to be true: I was going to be a mermaid when I grew up, I was thankful I didn’t have any evil stepsisters, and my toys came to life after I left the room… Why does this even matter? I slowly but surely came to the understanding none of this was going to happen to me. But, the point I’m trying to make is that a media powerhouse, such as Disney, gives many children their first taste of imagination and fiction. When do we learn to separate reality from fantasy? Disney is a cornerstone for many children’s childhoods. They construct and bring to life what we learn to be beautiful, ugly, good, and evil.
The online media content that I chose to focus on was a piece written on the blog: Women You Should Know. The article displays the work that a cartoonist designed that put a “princess filter” on 10 Real life role models.
The cartoonist, David Trumble, decided to draw these images in response to the furor surrounding the “princessfication” of Disney princess, Merida (Brave). He wanted to analyze how unnecessary it is to collapse a heroine into one specific mold, to give them all the same sparkly fashion, tiny figures, and the same homogenized plastic smile. This brings about the concept of advertisers looking to make profit and turning viewers into consumers. This article has the underlying ideology that the public only responds and becomes consumers of media when the media is society’s idea of beautiful.
These 10 women that David decided to give the Disney treatment, sadly I don’t believe many young people could identify them. I believe that David’s mission is to bring about an issue staring society and the media right in the face. Beautiful is one mold. Beautiful is shiny hair, little waists, and glamorous clothes. He poses an interesting question. Would these successes have been clouded or highlighted if they were more beautiful? I think Sarah Palin is a great example that, no, beauty can cause more harm than help. Outward beauty isn’t the problem. Some of the world’s most beautiful women are some of the most insecure women. What the problem is that media outlets such as Disney aren’t making any efforts to use their power to make a change. Disney reaches a wide range of demographics at an impressionable age. Teach these young boys and girls that beauty can come from intelligence, a sense of humor, or a good conscience. Because as they age they will separate fact from fiction, however their first priming of what is beautiful will unconsciously sit with them for years to come.