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Even Though Disney’s Latina Princesses Stirred Controversy, We Should Have More Of ‘Em

Disney, as you might already know, is gearing up for the debut of Elena of Avalor, its first-ever Latina princess for people to argue a whole lot about. If this sounds a little familiar, it’s because we went through the same debate on Latino-ness with Disney’s other first-ever Latina princess, Sofia the First.

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It’s because of, not despite, the debate surrounding these characters that Disney should strive to make even MORE Latina princesses. Lots of ’em. From all different places, with a variety of skin tones, hair textures, dreams, goals and abilities. Also please make at least one of the princesses goth.

The reality is that there will always be a certain level of (healthy) trepidation surrounding an announcement that a POC character (or, in Sofia’s case, a white/maybe-Latina character) is being presented to us by a large corporation aimed at bringing in as broad an audience as possible.

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Disney, and similar companies, aim to appeal to as wide an audience as possible and, as is often with the case with entertainment media, whiter (or, similarly, white-washed) characters are deemed more marketable and–blegh–relatable to wider audiences. (More on why “relatability” is silly later.) So when companies present characters who aren’t necessarily Anglo, there’s a fear of potential stereotyping, of tokenization or of otherwise presenting this character through the lens of a presumed very white, very myopic audience. There’s also the concern that these corporations and studios, which might not fundamentally understand something like Latino identities or history, will profit off these portrayals at the expense of actual Latinos. Then there are, of course, arguments against the ideas of Disney princesses in general.

All of these are valid concerns.

And yet…

Representation only becomes better the more there is of it. Particularly now, at a time when social media allows all kinds of voices to be heard, groups that haven’t been able to see themselves adequately and accurately reflected onscreen (even as magical girls from faraway lands) are demanding not just representation, but thoughtful, smart, funny, inclusive representation.

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And the reality is, many Latinos are used to relating to white, Anglo characters (and, increasingly, to black characters and Asian characters). I mean, we consume a LOT of media, and a big chunk of it doesn’t involve us at all. Why would non-Latino viewers not, then, also relate to us? After all, plenty of little kids from all backgrounds adore Dora the Explorer and want to be just like her. And who doesn’t love Jane (you know, the virgin)?

Providing us with more Latina princesses also offers a chance to explore how diverse of a community Latinos are, both in terms of physical looks and interests.

If Sofia is deemed too fair and light-eyed to accurately portray a large swatch of Latinas, it’s because that’s true of any Latina. Which is why there should also be Afro-Latina princesses, princesses of indigenous American backgrounds, Japanese-Brazilian princesses, Chinese-Cuban princesses, Latina princesses with bright red hair and freckles, Latina princesses who don’t speak Spanish, Latina princesses who are fifth-generation Chicanas.

Btw, don’t get too hung up on the historical plausibility of these princesses, you guys. They’re literally cartoons. There’s no way that, like, Tinkerbell’s wings could possibly hold up her body mass, or that ANIMALS AND ENCHANTED FREAKIN’ TEAPOTS CAN TALK AND ALSO SOMETIMES WEAR JAUNTY TUNICS, so let’s just draw a line right here.

Basically: More is more. And we should have it all.

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This Veracruz Taquería Made Marvel’s Thanos Twerk In Its Hilarious Ad

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This Veracruz Taquería Made Marvel’s Thanos Twerk In Its Hilarious Ad

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If you’ve ever visited Mexico, you know that copyright laws seem pretty lax. There are all kinds of Pokémon, Disney, and Cartoon Network inspired goods from piñatas to costumes in most mercados. The same can be said for tv ads. Takesabroso, a taquería in Veracruz, México, has jumped on the trend and created a stellar ad for their food using Thanos and his unknown twerking skills. Jorge Lajud produced a commercial for the taquería that artfully mashes up a scene of villain Thor from “Avengers: Endgame” and a montage of tacos and other Mexican food. Like any other art form, you have to see it to appreciate it.

The video has gone viral with over 5.5 million views thanks to it being posted on Twitter.

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The commercial starts with a scene we’re all familiar with–the moment Thanos thinks he has all the Infinity Stones and offers a build-up to the moment he wipes out all of mankind. Spoiler: he doesn’t. Thanos says, “Yo soy inevitable,” snaps his fingers, and nothing happens.

Then, instead of the scene cutting to superhero Iron Man, we see Takesabroso owner, Luis Vazquez, dramatically saying, “Yo soy Takesabroso.”

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He snaps his fingers and saves the day with a montage of Takesabroso’s menu items. In the bottom left-hand corner, supervillain Thanos seems to be happy with how terribly his plan failed and is twerking up against the lechón on screen. 

Yup. Thanos is twerking to cumbia.

Fans are here for it. As video rolls on burritos, tacos, and rotating meat, Thanos just keeps on dancing cumbia in the corner. “It’s the twerking thanos that really tied it all together,” commented one fan.

It’s official. Thanos is now Thaños and is clearly invited to every carne asada.

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That little tilde on the “n” goes a very long way in making Thanos a true dancing Latino icon.

Some folks are worried that Takesabroso isn’t going to get away with using Marvel footage.

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Personally, we think Thaños is far more appealing than his evil twin, Thanos. Mexicans have basically responded to this tweet with pure laughter. “Marvel lawyers trying to stop a Mexican restaurant from stealing intellectual property? Good luck,” tweets one fan.

This has prompted a whole other thread about different ways folks have seen Mexican restaurants “give precisely zero f***s.”

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One person seemingly well versed in copyright infringement tweeted their two cents, “Well it’s not illegal the clip used is not long enough to be considered plagiarism and its transformative enough to be fair use but Disney has sued for less and won lol.” 

Disney’s “Avengers: Endgame” was the final installment of the “Avengers” franchise and is the highest-grossing film of all time. The timing of the video is smart given that Disney released “Avengers: Endgame” on Blu-ray and DVD this week.

The rest of Latin America has also chimed in to share ways their countries don’t care about copyright.

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“My fave: Harry Potter y el Orden del Taco,” read one reply. Nope, we’re voting for “Harry Potter y el trompo de pastor” for the win. 

“In Mexico City, we have a place named “Tacos Goku” or also there’s “Tacos Megaman” the copyright is like a joke for them,” one Mexicano tweeted. Another said he ” remembered a tortilleria called “El Thor-tillero” on León, near the bus station (central camionera).”

This isn’t the first time Takesabroso has ventured into hilarious advertisements…

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Takesabroso’s video editor in resident, Jorge Lajud, recast the restaurant owner in a scene from Venom and then had his form be overlayed by a Ricardo Milos dancing. Note the floating images of tacos and burgers floating around him. It’s pretty clear Vazquez is also absolutely delighted by these commercials.

Takesabroso has welcomed the wide response from folks and even dedicated a Facebook post to its fans. “Takesabroso not only seeks to bring flavor to your life, but it also seeks to bring joy to your heart,” Vazquez posted. “This meme is viral, thanks to all.”

The woman responsible for gifting the video to Twitter, which took it viral, is using her platform to promote non-profit RAICES Texas.

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The Refugee Aid Project, commonly known as RAICES, is the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. It’s staffed with 130 attorneys, legal assistants and support staff whose sole job is to offer legal representation to immigrants at risk from America’s current immigration policies. In 2017, they closed 51,000 cases at no cost to the client.

You can donate to RAICES here.

Watch the full video below!

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These Brazilian Artists Reimagined ‘Game of Thrones’ Characters as Disney Ones And People Are Losing It

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These Brazilian Artists Reimagined ‘Game of Thrones’ Characters as Disney Ones And People Are Losing It

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It’s been almost three months since the Game of Thrones series finale, and if you’re one of the millions of fans of the cult HBO series, then it’s likely you’re hankering for more tales from Westeros. While the prospect of remaking the final season is unlikely, despite a petition garnering a massive 1.7 million signatures, perhaps this Disney-inspired version of the fantasy drama will temporarily satisfy your hunger for more.

Yup, it’s true. Your favorite ‘Game of Thrones’ characters are now Disney illustration.

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Brazilian artists Fernando Mendonça and Anderson Mahanski have reimagined characters and scenes from Game of Thrones as if they were in an alternate Disney World Studios setting. The animators, who work for the South American country’s Combo Studio, not only turn the characters into cartoons but also insert some of the beloved — and despised — personalities into scenes from our favorite childhood classics.

In the illustrations, we see Jamie Lannister and Brienne of Tarth dancing romantically and resembling Belle and the Beast from “Beauty and the Beast.” We also spot Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen riding on a dragon that bears semblance to Jasmine and Aladdin flying on a magic carpet in “Aladdin.” Then there’s a night walker gleefully twirling in a winter-blue setting, appearing as a blend of Cinderella and Elsa.

“Look I’ll show you … How I burn this world,” reads the caption of Combo Studio’s post about the illustrations from April, when the animation house released the images. The quote, which is presented with Aladdin-inspired art of Jon and Daeny, merge the two fantastical worlds together.

OK…so maybe to some a mashup of the often violent and sexual GOT with Disney is kind of weird.

While some might find the Rated R violence and sexual activity of Game of Thrones too obscene for a Disney makeover, the mash-up is more fitting than you might first believe. Disney’s greatest animated films are filled with monarchs, dragons, witches and mythical journeys. Princesses realize their might as evil foes, ahem Cersei, try to capture them. It almost feels like Disney sagas were inspo for some of the gory scenarios that make up the eight-season series — albeit with less blood and nudity.

But, for the most part, fans of the series are into it.

“Man, this is wonderful,” one commenter said in Portuguese on Instagram. “Love it,” added another.

This isn’t the first time the the Brazilian team have taken characters and turned them into illustrations.

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The Rio de Janeiro-based illustrators, who are behind animated Brazilian series like Super Drags and GadgetGang in Outer Space as well as the documentary “Luz, Anima, Ação,” have turned esteemed characters and celebrities into illustrations before. Mendonça, for instance, has also cartoonized Daryl Dixon from AMC’s horror drama series The Walking Dead, Captain Jack Sparrow from the fantasy films “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Fiona Goode from the anthology horror series American Horror Story, and Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder from the crime drama series The Killing as well as celebrities like Beyoncé and Elvis, among many more.

Mendonça isn’t the only pop culture buff in the duo, though. His partner Mahanski has also animated famed TV characters and artists, including Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw, the “Sound of Music’s” Maria von Trapp as well as a few illustrations of the pop icon Madonna.

The team is also not the first to merge ‘Game of Thrones’ with Disney films.

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Back in 2014, artist Sam Tsui, also known as DjeDjehuti on DeviantArt, meshed the “Magical World of Disney” with the “Wonderful World of Westeros” to create 13 illustrations of the series’ women characters as Disney princesses.

In the project, Cersei Lannister took on the role of Aurora; Daenerys became Elsa, Catelyn Stark reemerged as Cinderella; Olenna Tyrell was reimagined as Grandma Fa; Sansa Stark became Rapunzel; Margaery Tyrell starred as Belle; Shae transformed into Snow White; Meera Reed was depicted as Tiana; Ellaria Sand was represented as Jasmine; Brienne of Tarth was illustrated as Mulan; Arya Stark was drawn as Lilo; Melisandre became Ariel; and Ygritte was portrayed as Merida.

If you’ve already re-watched Game of Thrones for the third time and have gone through all your mental rewrites of the final season, thinking through this kid-friendly version might be more indulging than you think. Sure, the battles wouldn’t be as gruesome and the brothels will likely have to be swapped for a more PG activity, but think about how delightful, rather than harrowing, the phrase “winter is coming” could be. The possibilities are endless — after all, both worlds are fantasy. 

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