Tuesday, 19 September 2017
Disney princes and princesses, which way round and what next #DadDirt
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...you can predict entertainment for your kids.
Here’s something I wasn’t expecting: In Walt Disney World, I met my first ever cross-dressed cast member.
A sales assistant working proudly and prominently in the shop nearest the entrance.
It was glorious.
What my eyes and prejudices believes to be what a man looks like - with pretty hair clips, glasses, and a uniform dress: the female shop staff uniform.
My kids were running rampant trying out the branded fidget spinners, so we were there for about 20 minutes.
And I was transfixed by the reactions.
Nicole wasn’t nervous, but had the body language of someone who’s dealt with our reactions her whole life.
The men - all Dads - would stand side-on.
Maybe to avoid eye-contact, to make sure they look like they're not staring... ironically to show that they’re cool, by not being cool.
We are in awe.
Because for most straight men, it's difficult enough getting dressed in the clothes we've got...
Let alone dealing with a whole new wardrobe.
So I stood front-on with full eye-contact - realising this is how I probably am with women.
Veering on a letch.
What is the right way?
Everything I do is wrong.
It was shocking because only a few years ago there was no way a Disney cartoon would accept any form of cross-dressing in its comedy.
It hit me how much of that is a part of British comedy - panto, big dumb characters in “wrong” clothes. Probably dates back hundreds of years to the upside down world of carnival in many cultures...
You just could not put it into an international cartoon script - especially if it was for the US.
So here might be the next unexpected step.
We think of it as jolly.
But cross-dressing in comedy might now be blocked for something else.
Being demeaning - coming off that it's laughing at it.
What if Mrs Brown, Lily Savage, all those characters from Gigglebiz to Panto are seen as the “blacking up” of more enlightened transgender times.
Then another thought hit me that night, seeing all the Prince/Princess kiss moments from so many stories across the happiest place on earth:
How far are we from a same-sex happy ending?
Or even “other” gender happy ending?
It could still be a Prince and Princess.
Just maybe dressed the other way round from what we’re used to on screen.
I don’t think it’s that far away.
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