11 January 2009

In Which I Weep For The Future


I was grumpy Friday afternoon and in general not enjoying being back in school. So I succumbed to the months-long temptation to buy the Sleeping Beauty 50th Anniversary DVD whilst picking up necessities at Costco. While watching it with my friend, Flower Child, we happened upon an extra that rendered us speechless and not in a good way. I could write a rambling diatribe about why this makes me weep for the future, but I'm tired and still have many things to do this evening. Instead I will let you, dear readers, draw your own conclusions.


8 comments:

Accidental Housewife said...

There is so much to say about that clip that I don't even know where to begin. Suffice it to say that I am weeping with you!

chosha said...

I need the diatribe. All I see is a harmless little pop version of the song. It's a bit kiddified (like a scene from Hannah Montana) but I shed no tears over it. What's causing you such pain?

Katie said...

Oh EW! My sister-in-law and I watched this DVD last weekend. We too a peek at the extras and her exact words when this started were, "No. Just, no." We promptly ended it before watching the whole segment.

Scully said...

I think the pain is partially due to the butchering of a piece of my childhood nostalgia. But also the sheer inanity of the lyrics coupled with the growing trend (fostered by the Disney machine) of young girls thinking that all it takes to be happy is to have a tv show and a mediocre pop album (the girl in the video plays Hannah Montana's best friend - I know this because I have cousins who are 13 and 9 and watch the show religiously). It highlights a lot of things that are wrong with American society and culture right now. The early sexualization and encouraged maturation of children and adolescents, the focus on image over substance, materialism, the priority of societal acceptance over individuality. So many things that are counter to reality. I realize that sounds contradictory, seeing as how I love the sanitized fairy tale from which the song springs, but animated 14th century love and the representation of adolescent fantasy as attainable reality are different. I know that, but I'm worried that the audience to which the video and song are targeted might not have developed that capability.

esperanza said...

I will have to say the ugly outfit she wore was way unflattering, and I agree with the mediocre! :D

alwaysadorable said...

Ick! I hate it when they turn something classic into a commercialized wanna be in an unflattering outfit! No and NO.

Anonymous said...

Hideous!

Parker

ZB said...

Ahhhhhhhhhh! Yuck. I'm with you here. But generally I hate most things Disney (there I said it). Okay, not everything, but the new and teenybopper Disney---yep, all of that I hate.