I woke up this morning to find a blurb from People in my Daily Buzz email about a teenager who had started a petition through Change.org for there to be a plus-sized Disney princess.
Let me start off by saying that there will be lots of people who come out against the plus-sized Disney princess idea. I’m sure that Play-Quarters-Off-My-Ass-Mom is crafting a response now about how this encourages young girls to eat donuts with no remorse and I-Only-Feed-My-Kids-Gluten-Free-Air-Dust-Mom is putting out her own petition to put overweight kids on the Snow White diet of 1 bite of apple per day. That said, an in-your-face, controversial post stating that that there is no place for a princess with junk in the trunk, would probably do much better than my post in the viral sense, but when I think about it, I gotta support my girl anyway.
Let me share with you my 5 reasons why I think this is a brilliant idea!
1. Disney has been making fat bad guys forever, so they owe us (case in point: Ursula the Sea Witch, Smee, Pete the Cat, and The Queen of Hearts to name a few). Disney probably would have failed a long time ago if they only portrayed women or certain minorities as bad guys or supporting characters.
2. The princesses are getting a little predictable and boring. Sure they have embraced different hair colors, races and ethnicities, but they can all share the same wardrobe because they are essentially all the same shape. Boring.
3. I want to see someone who looks like me. I am not plus-sized, but I certainly don’t relate to the tiny girls I have seen onscreen my whole life from Disney. I don’t need her to be a 5X, just maybe a L or XL? I like the idea of someone who looks like the people I see in every day life being a hero/heroine.
4. Relax, It won’t make anyone condone donut binges. I’m sure the anti side will say that this promotes bad health for kids etc., but I disagree. I grew up with skinny princesses and it didn’t make me skinny, so I doubt this will change any kid on the skinny track into a chubby kid or vice versa. It might, however, make a young person who is on the verge of doing unhealthy things to stay thin, think twice.
5. It will combat stereotypes. To date, mostly either stupid or mean characters from Disney have been overweight (there may be a few supporting characters here and there that don’t conform to this). A plus-sized princess lets everyone know (fat, thin and in between) that your your body doesn’t impact your ability to be a hero.
Share your comments here or on my Facebook Page — I look forward to reading them!