Hi there, Disney fan! I have a few questions for you: Have you ever felt embarrassed for loving Disney? Has someone ever humiliated you for it? Has another adult come up to you and said you need to mature or grow up?
If you answered yes to some of these questions, I can assure you that you aren’t the only person who has gone through this experience. For some unexplained reason, some adults (or teens) like to pick on other adults (or teenagers) that are Disney fans. That’s right, you’ve read, that’s the only reason why they insult us: for being a Disney fan.
Back in January 2018, Metro UK published an article titled “Adults who like Disney need to grow up” by Mel Evans. The first time I read this article, I felt mad and confused by the words against such a harmless community. As I looked at her tweets from that day, I was ready to write down my own article and go all Mushu on her by dishonoring her, her family and cow.
However, as I kept reading all those tweets, I realized that it wasn’t about Disney fans being immature or their films lacking real life content. It was about Ms. Evans trying to tell us that she simply doesn’t understand what’s to love about Disney. She grew up in a family that preferred watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire rather than enjoying Christopher Robin’s adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood. Though I can’t comprehend why her parents didn’t want her to watch these films, I’m positive she had a wonderful childhood with whatever source of entertainment they had.
And that’s precisely the point I want to talk to you about today. It’s all a matter of opinion, but most importantly, it’s about what makes you happy. Each one of us has a very different and unique reason of why we love Disney. For me, it’s always been about how Disney has encouraged me to never give up on my friends and family, to be myself (or should I say my princess self!) and to believe that someday my dreams will come true if I have the courage to pursue them. I grew up being taught this not only by parents, but by every book, movie, song or poem (not necessarily Disney related) that I could grasped and apply to my every day life.
Walt Disney has been one of my biggest influences. They’ve taught me so many life lessons that I could write three books and still need about four or more to finish it. Though sometimes people made fun of me at school for wearing my favorite Peter Pan sweater, singing Frozen songs through the hallways and buying Disney Princess themed notebooks, I didn’t care about their opinion. It was my life to live, not theirs.
It isn’t right to bash someone for liking things that you don’t understand. It doesn’t even have to be about Disney, it could be anything from an anime series to their favorite sports team, you can’t tell them they aren’t cool because they don’t share the same interests as you. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with having a different perspective, it’s the words we choose that make the difference between an opinion and an insult.
So next time someone calls you childish for loving Disney, tell them to bididi bobidi back away sis! ‘Cuz this Disney fan isn’t planning to grow up. Don’t ever let others decide what you love or don’t, just be yourself and spread happiness and joy to this adult world that’s in need of a little bit of magic.
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