Megan Greenwell @megreenwell after seeing 'get out' in a very white crowd all of us cheering wildly for chris i keep remembering this from elif batuman's 'the idiot recognize it and laugh I found myself remembering the day in kindergarten whe the teachers showed us Dumbo a Disney movie about a puny weind looking circus elephant that everyone made fun of As the story u- folded I realized to my amazement that all the kids in the class even the bullies the ones who despised and tormented the weak and the ugly were rooting against Dumbo's tormentors Over and over thry laughed and cheered both when Dumbo succeeded and when biu things happened to the bullies But they're you I thought to myel How did they not know? They didn't know It was astounding im astounding truth Everyone thougbt they were Dumbo Again and again I saw the phenomenon repeated The mosta trary and tyrannical girls the ones who started secret clubs to ostr youstillhateblacktranswomen feamir ithelpstodream bringing this one back When I went to see Tangled with my family I was terrified of having to talk about the movie afterwards because I related so much to Rapunzel and I was sure my mom would hate the movie because it was so obvious that she was exactly like mother gothel So when mom asked me afterwards if I liked it I gave a tepid non-answer But then my mom started talking about how she loved the movie! And it slowly dawned on me that she also saw mother gothel as evil and abusive but somehow didn’t make the connection that she and her were the same My mom even made a comment to the effect of how like rapunzel’s real mom her love for me would always triumph or whatever And she didn’t get it! She didn’t see the similarities of how she locked me away in the house or how she kept me under the tightest supervision under the guise of keeping me safe I spent the entire mother knows best song stealing glances at her next to me in the theater just waiting for her to drag us out of the movie because she couldn’t stand to have her “love” portrayed as evil And she didn’t see how the fact that she created her identity completely around being a mother and nothing else was like mother gothel’s dependency on rapunzel’s magic hair It was only after seeing her positive reaction to the movie that I really understood the meaning of the phrase “everyone is the hero of their own story” No one actually thinks they’re the villain even if confronted with a painfully obvious rendering of their own actions done by someone they agree is rightly portrayed as evil “everyone is the hero of their own story” No one actually thinks they’re the villain even if confronted with a painfully obvious rendering of their own actions done by someone they agree is rightly portrayed as evil Meme
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