Those who follow me know that I like to poke fun. I dig it. It’s my thing. I justify this atrocious behavior by saying I am equally capable of pointing the judgmental finger right back at myself and finding my personal faults and bringing them to light.
If I can laugh at me…I can laugh at you, okay?
I write about everything having to do with parenting. The ups, the downs, the good, the bad, and the humorous. I write soapbox pieces about social issues, satirical pieces about my fellow parents, and serious pieces about the hardships that I sometimes face. Mostly, as my blog is a personal reflection of what is going on inside my cluster mess of a mind at any given moment, it is a whole crap ton of opinions. Thoughts, feelings, and sheer babble here, folks, nothing more, nothing less.
I don’t do politics or religion -on purpose- for two reasons. One, I know for a fact that my opinions on them do not err on the side of popular opinion and I don’t want to offend anyone else’s beliefs. This is different than an opinion, which I have no problem offending, but someone’s beliefs are sacred and not something that I feel I have any business interfering with. Two, I know that once you state your beliefs then everyone that feels strongly about another side will want to share why they feel the way that they do and how it is that they came to feel that way. Guess what? I am a grown woman and I have my beliefs that are based in strong, highly searchable facts and I am not -under any circumstances- going to change my mind for any reason no matter what you say.
So why would I even bother?
That being said, I wouldn’t think (but that’s what I get, right?) that I would ever post about anything that would get anyone all hot and bothered. Bored? Maybe. Annoyed? Perhaps. But never actually angry enough to read and comment and go into great lengths discussing how I am highly incorrect in my opinion. Much less, a piece that was highly based in satire since no one, ever, has used the term “hater” in a serious piece. Or, to my knowledge before last evening, ever took a piece on Disney movies seriously, anyways.
First, let’s explore the term opinion.
- A view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.
So, to be perfectly clear…not only is it not required to be based on a fact, it also can be blown out of the mouth without any clear knowledge, either. Good, I’m covered then.
Back to my first blast. It was awesome. I read it, then I read it again just to be certain that I read it correctly the first time. The post that I wrote was blah, blah, blah Disney princesses are terrible role models, blah, blah, blah, I like Nemo…ect. If I’m being honest, I just wanted to rag on some cartoons. I’m just that deep.
This was a response to said post:
“single one had seen more Disney movies recently than movies with a plot.”
Disney movies DO have a plot. There is a narrative, a conflict, and then a resolution. The exception to this is Fantasia and the package films from the 40s. You may not like Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. But they do have pretty fleshed out plots.
And that image of the Disney Princesses is ridiculous. Ariel DID NOT change her body for a man. Sure, she had a crush on Eric. But that’s not why she changed to a human. We spend the first half of the movie learning that she adores the land because of it’s amazing artifacts. She has that collection right? The only reason she went to the Sea Witch was because her father totally destroyed the collection. It wasn’t for Eric. If her father didn’t do that, she would of stayed under the sea.
The major problem with people bashing on the classic films is this: Taking them out of context. These films came out in the 30s and 50s, what do you expect for them to have? Progressive and forward thinking? Events and people have came after those films to change the way things are, so it’s a very unfair thing to do. I grew up on those films. And I don’t find myself dependent on men, or feel less fulfilled because I am a woman. I consider myself to be a feminist, and I work hard for the cause. (I know what it’s like to be paid differently for the same job as a male). I think people overreact about the older films not being feminist enough.
Whoa, whoa, whoa there! For reals? I was totally excited that I had incited emotion in someone over something as highly irrelevant as a movie spoof piece. I mean, it had a picture of Nemo touching the boat saying YOLO. Who is taking me seriously? Why would anyone do that? Also, why are we talking about cartoon characters as though we know them personally and they might as well be members of our immediate family? I wasn’t quite sure how to even begin to reply to any of it.
So I had to respond with this:
I think we may have our wires crossed here. Judging from your profile picture, I am going to assume that Disney is a passion. While I am just a sarcastic mommy blogger. I am not someone that anyone takes seriously (I’m actually pretty well known for being silly and pretty weird) and meant this as a funny satire of the movies as opposed to being a serious commentary.
I grew up watching them, I like them, and think that all of your arguments are well thought out and valid. Again, purely satire, and those who know me, know that.
I enjoy a good back and forth as much as the next person but, as I mentioned in my reply, their whole blog is dedicated to Disney movies. So, in a way, that’s like arguing religion, which I never do. All I had for it was an, “I’m sorry, my bad, didn’t know this was a taboo or touchy subject and I have learned from my mistakes”.
I thought the first time that I truly ticked someone off with my blog it would certainly NOT be about cartoons… but I’ll take it. 😉
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