What I find hard to process about the previous post about not wanting to be a Disney Princess is that the author belittles “traditional fairytales.” She [the author] claims that “they are limited and untrue for poor working class black girls like [herself].” She asserts that “Prince Charming does not come,” and “that happy endings are not promised especially when there is an intersection of various devalued social identities [i.e., when you area a poor, black, woman and etc you get no happy ending].” What she fails to see is that all of these endeavors particularly for the Little Mermaid happened inside of Ariel taking action and living with a purpose.
I remember being a kid and watching The Little Mermaid. I was captivated by Ariel’s ability to be a courageous explorer. She was especially powerful in a refined and regal way. She boldly called into being her desired reality. In every scene, she was taking the necessary steps to finding a way to live “out of the water” or for our purposes outside the box. Some of themes in the movie struck me then and still resonate to the inner most fiber of my being today. The main theme for me is about the reality of infinity possibilities, and our ability to create our desired results (and to do it with class and style).
It is when one is boldly calling into existence your desired reality (like Ariel does) that it comes. As a black gay male (probably more estrange from the normal Disney telling of a fairytale), I believe it was and is possible to have the happy ending. I believe that Prince charming is just around the river-bend. It is only when we take action do situations, events and opportunities come about for our desired reality.
In my own travels through this life, I have encountered “fairy god-fathers/mothers” that have made the impossible, possible. For example, I travel the Americas on free plane tickets to do human rights work; written an article for the Chicago Defender; and spoken at the Magic Johnson Foundation; and done tons of other things. These opportunities have only come about through organizations and individuals’ support. So to say that the “traditional fairytales” are “untrue for poor working class black girls [and boys]” is too extreme. Truly, I have seen things depicted in a Roger and Hammerstein script unfold in my life.
To make it plain, “traditional fairytales” and “happy ending[s]” are still needed even “when you are a poor, black woman [or LGBT person].”