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Whenever I see lists of Disney Princesses, it always irks me that Esmeralda is not included.

Yes, she is a romanticized stereotype; yes she is an inaccurate representation of a whole ethnicity…but why is she not among the princesses?

Pocahontas, a woman who as a Native American was not a “princess” is listed there. She had no queen, no king, but she is still included as an “official princess”.

Esmeralda is never listed any where as a princess, she isn’t even considered worthy of this, despite her lead role in the movie. I have a sneaking suspicion it’s because she’s a “Gypsy”. In the Hugo story, she is the daughter of a prostitute, whisked off by Gypsies in replacement for Quasimodo, the deformed and “real” Gypsy. Esmeralda is non-Gypsy - yet she is raised as one and vilified as one.

She is portrayed as a slut - even in the Disney cartoon. As a thief of men’s hearts, as using sex as power. She is ultimately executed for her ethnicity (even though really, she isn’t even a true Romani). Gypsies are portrayed as thieves and no good street entertainers. They’re portrayed as being outcasts and violent…

and I believe that is why, although supposedly a woman to admire in the Disney version of the book, she will NEVER be shown as anything other than a misplaced, offensive, and romanticized stereotype.

Where are the re-drawings of “corrected” Esmeralda? Where are the reworkings of her character like we see of Pocahontas and Mulan?

It will never happen - because we don’t even get that much respect.


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Earlier this year, Square Enix's wildly popular action RPG franchise, Kingdom Hearts, celebrated its 10th anniversary and released Kingdom Hearts [3D] Dream Drop Distance in succession to its celebration on the Nintendo 3DS. The same. Among the featured worlds to visit in the game, Hunchback of Notre Dame, who's world is named "La Cité des Cloches" (The City of Bells), is one of the major levels. Is anyone here familiar with the Kingdom Hearts series and still remotely looking forward to Kingdom Hearts III?

If you're a fan be sure to check out our new affiliate: [livejournal.com profile] 0kingdom_hearts, a fairly active KH community.

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