Earlier this week, ABC did a live tribute to the Disney Classic ‘The Little Mermaid’… but they could NEVER have released that movie today.
Having a young daughter, it was almost inevitable that we would sit down and watch the live retelling of Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’. While our little girl was swept up in the pageantry and talent that went into what was, admittedly, a remarkable performance, I was watching it through the eyes of someone who writes about politics and culture every day.
As an example of what that looked like, here is Shaggy performing the song ‘Kiss the Girl’.
The same people that cancel the rest of us at the slightest provocation and the slightest deviation from PC orthodoxy are oblivious to their own hypocrisy.
There is absolutely NO way a movie would be released today incorporating a song that goes so directly to the heart of that most natural of human interactions. In the story, she wants to be kissed, but HE has to take the initiative.
To most of us, that sounds pretty normal. But not to the sanctimonious Left. The woke-scolds on the Left would rise up as one with a cry of:
With The Little Mermaid, Disney doesn’t have to worry about cancel culture, right? A movie that’s supposedly ‘safe’ within the folds of established Disney Canon doesn’t have to worry about getting canceled.
(Although, even there, one might ask Disney when we can expect a re-release of Song of The South, with that ridiculously catchy ‘Zip-a-dee-doo-dah‘ track. I wouldn’t hold my breath.)
Sadly, The Little Mermaid movie, if it were a new release and not an old favorite, could NEVER be released today under our current rules without inciting rage. They would insist upon a re-write.
In fact, someone has already filmed a good guess as to the alternate lyrics they would almost certainly insist upon.
Can it still really be called parody if that’s exactly what some of them would be calling for?
How would one of today’s snowflakes assess the movie?
Let’s see, we already know it’s evil because of the Patriarchy angle, she doesn’t give explicit consent. She is not ’empowered’, and it gives tacit approval to toxic masculinity and rape culture. Or something.
Actually, a sophomore at Princeton made exactly those claims in their paper.
An all-male a cappella group at a prestigious university will no longer sing one well-known Disney song because some audience members — and one sophomore who wrote an article about it for the student newspaper — found it to be “uncomfortable.”
…One of the school’s all-male a cappella groups, the Princeton Tigertones, will no longer perform its popular rendition of “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid after the complaints.
…She claims that if you take away the mermaids and the magic, the “message comes across as even more jarring.” She cites the lyrics “It’s possible she wants you too/There’s one way to ask her/It don’t take a word, not a single word/Go on and kiss the girl, kiss the girl” and ““she won’t say a word/Until you kiss that girl,” as problematic. These lyrics, she insists, “unambiguously encourage men to make physical advances on women without obtaining their clear consent.”
Is there anything GOOD the Left might say about the movie?
Well, there is ONE character that could show some truly Progressive potential. That would be Ursala, the misunderstood ‘Sea-Witch’. (Should they perhaps call her a Mer-Pagan?)
What’s so great about Ursula? Isn’t she the villain?
Well, she’s PERCEIVED as the villain, but we may want to revisit that understanding of her real motivations.
When others are trapped in their binary understandings of what it means to live in the sea ‘or’ on the land, Ursula is the one person in the story that helps someone truly self-actualize … even if it requires a radical personal transformation.
And she can make it happen for the small price of the permanent loss of part of something that makes you intrinsically ‘you’.
Isn’t that exactly the sort of thing the Left always calls ‘so brave’?
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