Not all disabilities are visible. It is as if the “artist” (and I use the term loosely) has no immagination of how to depict a disabled person. To be honest, the peoplE I have known that were missing limbs, were less disabled by their missing limb than people I know with invisible disabilities. That’s not to discount the strugles that someone missing a limb deals with, because there is no question that missing a limb is a disabling. But to me it is almost as if the artist did not know anyone who is disabled and thought….”What’t the most obvious way I can show a disability?”. Seeing that Disney is all about make-believe and is not realistic in their portrayals of women in general, why would anyone expect them to have a disabled princess? And while celebrating the things that people with disabilities can accomplish is great, do we really want that realistic of a princess? My guess is no, we want the make-believe. Even as a disabled person, I don’t care if disabilities are under-represented in movies or not. I go to movies to be entertained. And let’s be honest, as empowering as stories of triumph over disability are, they are not generally entertaining. I mean really…I would be depressed over seeing a cartoon princess living with the things I live with because I see movies, and especially children’s animated movies, as an escape from reality. We all know that the hero does not always get the girl, or the girl doesn’t always get her Prince Charming in real life, yet we still enjoy Disney Princess movies where those things almost always happen. These movies are fairy tales. Why must everything be reduced to PC niceties?
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