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Disney’s Splash Mountain To Be Re-Themed To ‘Princess And The Frog’

Update June 25, 2020, 1:00 p.m. PST: Disney is the latest company to stand by its commitment to stand with BLM, it seems. The famed Splash Mountain ride in Disney World and Disneyland will be revamped to purge the park of a standing monument to racist film “Song of the South.” Instead, the ride will now be used to promote “Princess and the Frog.”

It’s official. Disney World and Disneyland are erasing a part of Disney’s racist history.

Splash Mountain is easily one of Disney’s most recognizable attractions. The log flume ride is a relic of Disney’s most racist film “Song of the South.” The 1946 film is so problematic that the company keeps the film locked away. After a petition with tens of thousands of signatures, Disney has announced that the ride will now be re-themed to reflect “Princess and the Frog.”

“It speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year,” a spokesperson for Disney told CNN Money. They added: “Tiana is a modern, courageous, and empowered woman, who pursues her dreams and never loses sight of what’s really important. It’s a great story with a strong lead character, set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou.”

The news has received mixed responses of support and anger but others are surprised to learn the truth behind the ride.

Some Disney fans were completely unaware of the history behind Splash Mountain. The long-standing ride stood as a lasting reminder of Disney’s long history of racism in their cartoons and entertainment. Some of it has been so subtle that fans are just learning about it. It is a problem the world, especially entertainment, is being forced to confront and do better.

Original: BLM is coming for you Disney.

On Wednesday, supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement petitioned Disney to remove its Splash Mountain ride and to have all of its related themes changed at the company’s parks. In the true style of Disney fans, pitches about how to change the problematic ride are being floated and shared on Twitter so much to the point that a call for change is now trending on Twitter.

On Wednesday, Disney fans managed to get #PrincessAndTheFrog trending on Twitter as an option to replace Slash Mountain.

Currently, Splash Mountain is an attraction featured at both Disneyland and Disney World.

The ride draws themes from Disney’s 1946 film Song of the South which is likely one of the most problematic movies Disney has ever produced. It revolves around the character Johnny, a seven-year-old boy living in the Reconstruction-era South (the 1860s and 1870s) who befriends a former slave named Uncle Remus who now works on a plantation. The film’s problems come about primarily at points in which it paints the relationship between Uncle Remus and his white employers as one between a willing Black man happily living and working on a plantation in which he was formerly enslaved. The film is best known by those unfamiliar with the movie for its song “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah.”

Song of the South is a film that Disney has, in recent decades, distanced itself from quite a bit in recent years. In fact, late last year we reported the production company’s plans to keep it from being available on its Disney + streaming service.

In an effort to make the change, users created a petition on Change.org.

So far the petition has 351 signatures to change the theme to the Princess and The Frog. If you’ve yet to see the Disney classic, check it out! The film centers around Tiana, Disney’s first-ever Black princess. In the film, Tiana is on a mission to pursue her dreams to open up a restaurant in New Orleans. Things come to a head when she is faced with a massive detour when she meets Prince Naveen, a spoiled man who has been turned into a frog.

“There is a huge need for diversity in the parks and this could help fill that need. Princess and the Frog is a beloved princess movie but has very little representation in the parks. Tiana could be one of the first princesses with a thrill ride, as well as giving her a much-deserved place in the parks. The framing of the ride is such that it could be easily changed to tell the story of Tiana while not compromising too much of the ride/costing a fortune in remodeling for Disney. This change could kill two birds with one stone, remove the offensive stereotypical theming the ride currently has and bring a much-needed diversity to the parks. As well as a much bigger merchandising opportunity for Princess and the Frog,” reads the description of the Change.org mission.

Fans of the idea of removing Splash Mountain and replacing it with The Princess and The Frog have even created templates to push for the change.

And they’re pretty incredible!

The concepts fans are coming up with for the park are pretty incredible and also inspiring. Primarily because the idea of children being exposed to the first Black themed attraction at Disney is so exciting and uplifting. In the future, children who enter a Princess and the Frog theme park will feel celebrated and included in an Entertainment realm so beloved and prevalent in our world. Here’s hoping Disney listens to the voices of petitioners and signs up for what they’d like as well.

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Kid Cudi Wore A Dress To Pay Tribute To Kurt Cobain During SNL Appearance

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Kid Cudi Wore A Dress To Pay Tribute To Kurt Cobain During SNL Appearance

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There’s no doubt that SNL has been the stage of some pretty groundbreaking performances and fashion moments. This past weekend was no different. While appearing as the late-night show’s musical guest the 37-year-old rapper of Mexican-American descent wore outfits a la late Nirvana rocker, Kurt Cobain.

Kid Cudi’s made a pretty big retro fashion statement for his Saturday Night Live musical performances this weekend.

For his first performance, which featured his song “Tequila Shots,” Cudi wore a t-shirt featuring the image of a late SNL cast member Chris Farley. Farley died in 1997 at age 33 from an overdose of cocaine and morphine. Over the shirt, Cudi wore a green cardigan, which many Twitter users were quick to note resembled one Kurt Cobain wore.

Cobain died by suicide in 1994.

During his performance of “Sad People,” Kid Cudi changed into a floral dress, which he confirmed in a tweet was in honor of Cobain.

Cudi’s took place on the same week of the anniversary of Cobain’s death, which occured on April 5.

“Virgil [Abloh] designed the dress for me,” Kid Cudi explained about the dress. “I told him I wanted to show love to Kurt w a floral print sundress and this man-made a masterpiece.”

Cudi also shared that he intends to collaborate with Abloh on his fashion label Off-White. The dress will be included.

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Ben Affleck & Marc Anthony Spoke Frankly About J.LO And My Nostalgic Aughts-Self Is Giving A Toast

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Ben Affleck & Marc Anthony Spoke Frankly About J.LO And My Nostalgic Aughts-Self Is Giving A Toast

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No doubt, as the Latina Queen of Hollywood, Jennifer Lopez has played the better half of quite a few relationships and not just on-screen. From Diddy, formerly known as Puff Daddy and P Diddy, to Casper Smart Lopez has been The Strong Woman behind some pretty well-known men.

Her exes Marc Anthony (whom J.L o shares twins Emme and Max, 13 with) and Ben Affleck know it, and in a recent interview, they opened up about what they really think of her.

For her recent May cover of InStyle magazine, Lopez’s feature story included insights from her former loves Anthony and Affleck on everything from her drive to her ageless beauty.

In honor of the singer and actor’s 30-year run in the entertainment industry, the magazine featured her and her most prolific exes. For the interview, both Anthony and Affleck commented on Lopez’s character, heart, and business savvy. “The thing about Jennifer is her ability to see and understand things before they happen,” Anthony, explained in his interview.

Anthony, a singer and actor who starred in the 2001 film In the Time of the Butterflies was married to Lopez from 2004 to 2014.

“Before she even brings an idea up, she has visualized it a thousand times. And if anyone says it might not be the greatest idea, she’ll say, ‘You just don’t see it yet.’ Nine times out of 10, she’ll nail it. She’s the first one in the room and the last to leave. The hardest worker I’ve ever met,” Anthony went onto share. “When we were together, it was quite the opposite for me. That has changed since. I learned so much from her. She’s the original!”

Affleck who dated J.LO in 2002 and starred alongside her in the films “Gigli” and “Jersey Girl” also spoke openly about Lopez.

“I thought I had a good work ethic, but I was completely humbled and blown away by what she was committed to doing day in and day out, the seriousness in which she took her work, the quiet and dedicated way she went about accomplishing her goals, and then how she would go back and redouble her efforts,” Affleck, whose romance with Lopez earned him the other part of the nickname “Bennifer” by the media, explained.

“She remains, to this day, the hardest-working person I’ve come across in this business,” he revealed, “She has great talent, but she has also worked very hard for her success, and I’m so happy for her that she seems, at long last, to be getting the credit she deserves.”

At one point Affleck commented, relatably, that he felt J.Lo appeared as if she hadn’t aged since they dated.

“Where are you keeping the fountain of youth? Why do you look the same as you did in 2003 and it kind of looks like I’m in my 40s…at best?” he joked.

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