WHY IT’S REALLY ALL ABOUT THE MONEY
Most people like songs that differentiate from the typical pop song formula, at least theme wise. We’re tired of objectifying women, simplifying love, and glorifying violence and drugs so songs that talk about unifying the world and coming together really stick out as power anthems. However, these songs though with good intentions, are really hypocritical and don’t really have much value. Though they seem “better” than songs that just pander are they really that much better or are they actually a lot worse?
ABLEISM IN DISNEY?
It should come as no surprise that we live in a world highly catered to able-bodied individuals. More than that, people with disabilities are so often underrepresented in the media, TV, literature, and film. People with disabilities are habitually only cast if their disability serves to explain some tragic backstory or denote a questionable morality. Disney, in that sense, is no different. Main characters rarely have any form of disability, especially if they are to be considered in any sort of romantic or heroic way. More often than not, it is the villain or henchman that is in some way differently abled (requiring a cane to walk, needing magic to keep their bodies alive, etc).
RISE OF THE NERDS AND GEEKS (MAYBE)
When I think of a nerd, I usually picture someone straight out of an 80’s high school rom-com, compete with the coke-bottle glasses taped down the center. Now, I know that is a pretty exaggerated image, but nerds do tend to get pegged into certain physical and intellectual molds. Nerds are pegged as awkward in some way, highly intelligent in some fashion, and enthusiastic about something not deemed cool (this last part is more geek, but not exclusively so). Really, since stereotypical coolness revolves a lot on not caring too deeply about much, just being outwardly fanatic about anything is enough to make anyone geeky to some degree.