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Disney Just Hired a Chicano Cartoonist Who Criticized Them for Years

Remember Disney’s Dia de los Muertos movie? It’s called Coco and it’s scheduled for release in 2017.

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In 2013, Disney sparked controversy when they attempted to trademark the phrase “Dia de los Muertos.”

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Once Latinos found out, a social media movement to stop Disney was kicked off.

A Change.org online petition received more than 20,000 signatures. “Our spiritual traditions are for everyone, not for companies like Walt Disney to trademark and exploit,” read a statement by the creator of the petition.

They were successful. Disney eventually pulled its trademark request.

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¡Si se pudo!

One of Disney’s most vocal critics was political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz.

He published this cartoon in response to Disney’s trademark request:

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It’s wasn’t the first time Alacaraz was critical of Disney:

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Alacaraz’s “Migra Mouse” cartoon was created in 1994 to call out Disney for supporting Pete Wilson, who was Governor of California at the time. In the ’90s, Wilson backed Proposition 187, a ballot measure that, if approved by voters, would deny services to undocumented immigrants. The ballot measured passed but was eventually ruled unconstitutional.

Earlier this week, Alcaraz had a surprise for fans:

Most people were congratulatory:

A few, however, felt he was participating in the exploitation of Mexican culture.

Alcaraz wasn’t surprised.

And said he understands why some people are apprehensive about his hire…

Alcaraz, who is also working on the animated series Bordertown, says companies like Disney need to hire more “brown folk.”

Alcaraz is pretty much saying, “If not someone like me, then who?”

How do you feel about political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz accepting a job with Disney? Let us know in the comments below. 

Miguel & Christina Aguilera Sang Coco’s ‘Remember Me’ For Disney’s Singalong Special

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Miguel & Christina Aguilera Sang Coco’s ‘Remember Me’ For Disney’s Singalong Special

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ABC went all out over the weekend with their second round of “The Disney Family Singalong” and man will it ease your worries.

If you didn’t already tune into the television special when it aired the first time around on April 16, the latest episode is definitely one to join in on. ABC started the new program in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and is meant to rally families, friends, and celebrities together for a night of entertainment, laughs and songs. The new series has already featured some of Disney’s most beloved musical numbers from its classic films which are sung by the top musicians currently in the game.

Last month, in April, stars like Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Beyoncé, and others gathered around their cameras to sing to families across the country for “The Disney Family Singalong.” The event, which was hosted by Ryan Seacrest, saw performers in their home environments using minimal equipment and “a whole lot of harmony” to get fans watching to join in on the fun. To make things seamless, the lyrics which featured Disney’s most popular songs were displayed at the bottom of the screen.

Anyway, for Mother’s Day, ABC kicked off a second episode of the special and it was pretty dang magical.

For “The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II,” ABC really reached for the stars, wrangling in the likes of Katy Perry, Idina Menzel, and John Legend.

But the best part of the night came when Miguel and Christina Aguilera joined forces to sing a bilingual rendition of “Remember Me” from Coco.

During their portion of the singalong special, Miguel and Aguilera belted out the lyrics to the Disney-Pixar classic singing both in English and Spanish. Making the performance even more special, an all-female Mariachi band joined in to bring life to the song’s melody.

Demi Lovato Opened Up To Her Former ‘Sonny With A Chance’ Castmembers About Her Eating Disorder At The Time

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Demi Lovato Opened Up To Her Former ‘Sonny With A Chance’ Castmembers About Her Eating Disorder At The Time

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Time spent at home in isolation during the current coronavirus pandemic has led a lot of us to connect with friends old and new on apps like Facetime and Zoom. This has been true for celebrities as well, who have been using video calls to have virtual reunions with old cast members. A few weeks ago it was the cast of High School Musical and Victorias. Last week it was the beloved Spy Kids. Now it’s the cast of Sonny With A Chance.

The Sonny With A Chance reunion saw the shows former stars including Demi Lovato, Tiffany Thornton, and Allisyn Ashley Arm reunited.

Former cast members Matthew Scott Montgomery, Audrey Whitby, Sterling Knight, Doug Brochu, Shayne Topp, and Damien Haas also joined in on the fun and to reminisce about their old days on set. It was during this time that Lovato, thanked her former Disney Channel co-stars for their support and love while she was on the show.

At one point, Lovato thanks Thornton, who played the part of Sonny’s rival Tawni Hart on the show, for being her “biggest inspiration” after she left the cast.

“When I went away to treatment for the first time, you were my biggest inspiration coming out of it because you dealt with all of those pressures of being a woman on TV,” Demi explained, pointing to their days worrying about how they looked during fittings for the show. “It’s a shame that we wasted any energy on what we wore on set.”

Lovato also admitted during the reunion that she kept her dressing room at extremely warm temperatures because she was “underweight and freezing.”

The implications of Lovato’s words is that she was likely feeling cold and underweight because she was battling an eating disorder. Speaking about the ups and downs she experienced on the show, Lovato admitted that she “wasn’t sleeping and I was so miserable and angry too because I felt like I was being overworked.”

Watch the full reunion here!