Zelda Williams’ perspective on Disney villains will open your princess-loving eyes
We talk an awful lot about Disney princesses but very rarely focus attention — much less respect and adoration — for the Disney villains. Well, Zelda Williams took to Twitter to perfectly explain why each Disney villain should be given his/her proper due.
Williams (yes, she’s the daughter of Robin) decided to break down the nuances of Disney’s most popular villains and why they’re completely misunderstood. Sure, most of them have done some unforgivable things — but just hear her out.
Screw those unachievable paradigms we called Disney Princesses, I only ever related to the smart but overlooked three dimensional characters they called villains, and here’s why: (a thread) pic.twitter.com/MJRGBO395p
— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) June 2, 2018
She begins by tackling everyone’s favorite red-headed mermaid, and why she’s problematic.https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1002982000532193280
Yep, Williams just dives head-first into anti-Ariel waters and doesn’t hold back. But she brings up some seriously valid points.https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1002982727971319809 https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1002983776798949376
Ariel had perfected a few of her own manipulation tactics by conveniently “forgetting” she knew how to write. Sure, Ursula had a literal garden of mermaid souls-turned-eels and there’s no excusing that. But Ursula was, indeed, a misunderstood BAMF if nothing else.
Williams then tackles the whole Simba/Mufasa/Scar trifecta. It’s no secret Simba has been raised to think the sun literally rises and sets on his entitlements. She says Scar has more than enough reason to be frustrated and annoyed.https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1002985900643479552
After being exiled, Simba totally comes back to his pride better than ever and more than ready to be a good king. The case can be made that he’s much better for his time spent “abroad,” Williams argues.https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1002990203135406080
And as for Maleficent, she’s honestly too fabulous to thoroughly drag. Williams argues that perhaps we’re focusing on the wrong villain in Sleeping Beauty.https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1002994603874664449
I mean, she’s not wrong. Prince Phillip is kind of a creep.
And as for high fashion, the villains are coming in strong. Amazing costume work is so much more than a pretty dress and tiara, amirite?https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1003080557608067073 https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1003076509924331520
Plenty of people on Twitter seem to agree with Williams and her perspective.
— Diana Hussein (@heyadiana) June 3, 2018
Villains are more relatable. The problem with this structure is that we want to be the pure good displayed in most traditional heroes but we aren’t.
Antiheroes are also more relatable as well. https://t.co/zjkuhFhtDn
— M ∆ J O R (@abadwulf) June 3, 2018
If you were/are the person who didn’t fit it b/c you looked different, interested in things outside of the “norm”, didn’t agree with the group, etc….. you understand the beauty & complexity of a villain! #villans #villanswerekidstoo #fun #empresses
— Rayshell Fambrough (@Tech_Buddha) June 3, 2018
As for any internet trolls out there condemning Williams for her thread, here is *the best* response ever:
And to the couple people who have accused me of trying to ‘normalize’ fascism or whatever by writing funny epithets about the perspectives of Disney villains-
ONE OF THEM IS A SQUID WITCH AND THE OTHER IS A TALKING LION.
IT’S NOT THAT FUCKING DEEP.
— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) June 3, 2018
You heard her, folks.