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.
Ariel is a bored snob who literally sings about having everything but it not being enough. She saves a man’a life, who she then stalks & decides to ‘re-meet’ (since he doesnt even remember what she looks like), but in order to do so, she’ll needs magic, so who does she call... pic.twitter.com/CRfP0ylpeG— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) June 2, 2018
Yep, Williams just dives head-first into anti-Ariel waters and doesn’t hold back. But she brings up some seriously valid points.
Ursula helps her in spite of Ariel’s snooty royal family exiling her and her rad AF eel buds to a cave. She doesn’t even make the task HARD. Like, hello, Ariel knows how to write! She signed her name! She didnt have to play illiterate as well as mute! Not to mention- pic.twitter.com/0W9630s5Ho— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) June 2, 2018
Little Mermaid takeaway: snobby hot rich chicks always get their way, while the harder working talented magical ladies who don’t fit particular (dumb) beauty or age standards will often be unfairly mistreated & shunned by certain society. Ursula was a BAMF, and a babe. Onwards! pic.twitter.com/RHUiZTcsE3— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) June 2, 2018
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.
While Mufasa, who has a pride of wives but only ever talks to one by name btw, keeps indoctrinating Simba with toxic King lessons that only feed his ego, Scar tried to expand Simba’s horizons, see the world! Leave his royal safety net and meet animals from all walks of life! pic.twitter.com/OQMQ7dPUt9— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) June 2, 2018
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.
Lion King takeaway: the hyenas were grossly mistreated & forced to live in horrible conditions and only Scar saw their promise and got them to unionize. He also created a whole new government while Simba was off being a stoner. PS, don’t nickname people after their injuries. NEXT pic.twitter.com/RtIUr2WgJ0— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) June 2, 2018
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.
Also, how’s Maleficent the weirdo of Sleeping Beauty when the Prince is just walking around entering condemned properties and kissing dead chicks?! Also, fun fact, but Ravens are super intelligent and can speak better than parrots, so extra rad points to Mal. NEXT! pic.twitter.com/X36GobqrPN— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) June 2, 2018
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?
Also, kudos to the villain squad for having some of the only body representation in Disney that is inclusive of more sizes than just princess in a corset zero, and with the exception of Boogie who is a literal bag, actually drawing them in stylish, well-tailored outfits. pic.twitter.com/Pt3hffefOQ— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) June 3, 2018
Human villain men of Disney appreciation post. Who doesn’t love crimson and purple on an artfully tailored ensemble with a dramatic silhouette?! Also, kudos to Gaston for being the only Disney dude with body hair. pic.twitter.com/3kyOhmeR22— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) June 3, 2018
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.