The curvy ballerina dances free from the perfect slender beauty in the new Disney movie “Reflection.”
Six minutes of imagination is mind-blowing. In the short film “Reflection” (German: mirror, but also: to think), American media giant Disney relies on its first plus-size heroine. Curvy ballerina Bianca has sparked controversy on social media. Like many of her contemporaries, she struggles to fall in line with the slender ideal of beauty. Bianca dances freely, overcomes fears and insecurities, and learns to love her body.
“When I was 16, before I quit ballet because I no longer wanted to be the fat girl in class, I needed this movie. I’m glad the little ones have it now,” one Twitter user wrote. She is not alone in her opinion, but there are also dissenting voices. Tiktokerin Linda Dianne says, “It’s clearly not possible to show a plus-size character without her body image talking about the entire movie. For me, it’s one step forward and two steps back.”
The Walt Disney Company is one of the world’s top five media groups, but it has long neglected to introduce diversity into its fantasy films: many still equate Cinderella with Sleeping Beauty and a slender white woman who can only be rescued by a male prince. . But now, the zeitgeist and dynamism, awareness of social injustice and increased sensitivity to topics like sexism, racism and discrimination have forced creators to bring new characters to the screen.
Mariah Carey looks forward to freeing Ariel
Black actress Halle Bailey plays Ariel, a mermaid (22). The new version will be shown in Swiss cinemas at the end of May 2023. The star Mariah Carey (52) wrote: “Congratulations Hala! My kids and I are excited about freed Ariel! » Opponents under the hashtag #NotMyAriel – “Not My Ariel” – are criticizing the black mermaid as a cultural appropriation, and ultimately a racist condition. Disney responded by saying that the author of the tale is Danish and that its fictional character, Ariel, lives in the underwater city of Atlantica. Therefore, the character is not associated with secular nationalities.
With the first lesbian police officer Spector in the animated movie “Onward”, Disney and Pixar 2020 fulfilled the wishes of many fans. The company has officially spoken out in favor of freedom of sexual orientation, which has led to controversy around the world. The film was banned in Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and in Russia it was set to music in such a way that Spector could no longer be recognized as a lesbian.
“Forced Diversity – A Disturbing Trend”
Also two years ago, with the series “Welcome to the House of the Owl” with Luz Noceda, a main bisexual character appeared on the screen for the first time, sparking enthusiasm – but also a storm: “Sexual orientation has not lost anything in a children’s movie.” Or: “Forcing diversity. What an annoying trend! “
The fact that Disney is increasingly building on numbers that don’t conform to stereotypical gender cliches isn’t just about the changing zeitgeist. It’s also about unlocking new target groups. So about money, a lot of money.
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