Labour MP Jenny Salesa thinks fat Disney characters are a negative stereotype

Labour MP Jenny Salesa says that a Disney portrayal of Maui in the Moana movie sends the wrong message. What message does she want to send? That fat people do not exist? The main character, Moana, is slim so I do not think that Disney is stereotyping at all. Lovable characters, as well as evil characters, come in all shapes and sizes in Disney movies. The most evil women tend to be extremely thin. Think Cruella De Vil and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty.


An overweight character in the new Disney film Moana perpetuates negative stereotypes and is unacceptable, a Labour MP says.

Maui is one of two main characters in the movie. Are only thin people allowed to be heroes in Moana’s world? In the real world more of us are overweight than slim and Disney has had overweight characters before.

Manukau East MP Jenny Salesa has criticised the appearance of the demigod Maui in the upcoming movie.

She cited a Facebook post by former Samoa international and professional rugby player Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, in which he wrote that Maui “looked like after he fished up the Islands, he deep fried em and ate em”.

Labour MP for Manukau East, Jenny Salesa. Photo / Mark Mitchell
Labour MP for Manukau East, Jenny Salesa. Photo / Mark Mitchell

The Labour MP said the depiction sent the wrong message.

“When we look at photos of Polynesian men and women from the last 100-200 years, most of our people were not overweight and this negative stereotype of Maui is just not acceptable – no thanks to Disney,” Ms Salesa, who is Parliament’s first Tongan-speaking member, wrote on Facebook.

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Say goodbye to Disney Princesses meeting their Prince Charming


Liberal groups are pressuring Disney to transform Queen Elsa from the Disney film Frozen, into a lesbian for the sequel Frozen 2.

A twitter hashtag #CharmingPrinceForElsa has been started as people reacted to the viral twitter hashtag#GiveElsaAGirlFriend

As a purely business decision it doesn’t make sense. Movies need a massive audience in order to be successful so they need to appeal to the majority. The majority of viewers who will pay for their children to watch a Disney film will be heterosexual. While in real life they may be supportive of Gay marriage ?they will not necessarily want to see it in a Disney movie unless they have a gay child.

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Wicked Campers vigilantism leaves me unhappy

“I wrote to them multiple times, wrote to the general manager, wrote to the owner, tried to speak to them, left voicemails — no response,” National MP Shane Reti said on the Paul Henry programme this morning.

The Advertising Standards Authority has called the company’s van art “deliberately provocative and offensive”. Some bear slogans advocating rape, drug use, murder and racial hatred.

After receiving several complaints from constituents in his Whangarei electorate and struggling to get in touch with Wicked Campers, Mr Reti decided to try another approach.

“We had a number of constituents write to us saying, ‘You know, Snow White smoking crack? I think Disney is going to be upset with that. Maybe you should approach them.’ And so we did.”

Disney was “very angry” with Wicked Campers’ use of their trademarks, as was Coca-Cola, whose logo is used in a reference to cocaine. Meanwhile, Pepsi was “furious”.

“Pepsi basically said, and I quote, ‘Pepsi New Zealand can confirm that it is in no way associated with Wicked Campers, and we will be following up with the company about the inappropriate and offensive use of the Pepsi trademark.’ They are really angry,” says Mr Reti.

As well as the “legal weight” Disney, Coca-Cola and Pepsi will bring to the fight, Mr Reti is warning tourists their own wallets might also be hit hard.

“When you go and pick up a rental van, often you’re asked if you’d like to take up the extra insurance, what they call collision damage waiver — and sometimes that fee can be as much as the daily hire,” he explains. Read more »

Civil suit blows Kim Dotcom’s case out of the water – he’s toast


I suspect the Internet Party “Visionary” and bank roller Kim Dotcom may be a little distracted now. ?What is worse than having the FBI organising your extradition?

By looking at the documents filed by the Plaintiffs, two things are now abundantly clear. ? The Internet Party only exists because of proceeds of crime, and Kim Dotcom’s argument that MegaUpload was just like YouTube or Google holds no water at all. ? Read more »

Best fake snow you’ll see


What Nate Silver leaving means for NY Times and why he left

I blogged about the news that Nate Silver was leaving NY Times and moving to ESPN.

Tech Republic writer Marc Tracy looks at what this all means…for the NY Times and for ESPN. The NY Times loses traffic…eyeballs, that came for Nate and stayed.

Silver was the?Times?news section?s most recognizable politics writer. As I?reported?last November, in the run-up to Election Day, one-fifth of visits to nytimes.com included stops at Silver?s 538 blog. In many cases, visitors arrived at the site by searching for him. ?He has been a journalist of great value to the?Times?in this election,? executive editor Jill Abramson told me at the time. ?What?s interesting is a lot of the traffic is coming just for Nate.? (Abramson declined to comment Saturday.)

So of course it is a ?blow.? But it is at least worth noting that what Silver did was never the?Times? core competency when it comes to politics. And the sort of thing that Silver grew famous for condemning, in which cable-news prognosticators discuss ?narratives? while disregarding the polls that sit right in front of them, is also not a good description of what?Times?politics coverage does best. ?? Read more »

Disney acquires LucasFilm, more Star Wars movies on the way

Disney has acquired LucasFilm and announced new Star Wars movies are underway with the first to be released in 2015:

A seventh?Star Wars?film has been confirmed for release in 2015 as well as a string of sequels after the sale of LucasFilm to Disney for US$4.05 billion (NZ$4.93b).

In a statement announcing the deal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm George Lucas said: “It’s now time for me to pass?Star Wars?on to a new generation of filmmakers.”

“I’ve always believed that?Star Warscould live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come.

“Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”

TheStreet.com?reported that?Star Wars: Episode VII?is scheduled for release in 2015.

There are plans to follow it with?Episodes VIII?and?IX, as well as a new movie every two or three years after those films.

They can stop bludging too

I hate subsidies and I fail to see why movie moguls, who make billions, need us to subsidise their movies. It is just corporate welfare and they need to stop bludging too. Bludgers are bludgers no matter what they look like:

The Government is under pressure to raise the 15 per cent subsidy it offers to lure foreign film and television companies, to compete with an Australian proposal raised by Hollywood heavyweights who dined with the Prime Minister this week.

John Key met the heads of Fox, Disney, Warner Bros, Universal, Sony and MGM studios at a dinner hosted by Avatar director James Cameron and his associate John Landau on Thursday with actor Cliff Curtis and Weta supremo Sir Richard Taylor.

The meal followed a day of meetings in Hollywood for Mr Key, including a visit to the set of TV show Body of Proof, where he was introduced to the cast, including former Desperate Housewives star Dana Delany.

Up for discussion at Thursday’s dinner at the Landau home were alleged internet pirate Kim Dotcom, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the 15 per cent subsidy NZ pays film companies to secure their business.

Taxpayers have spent more than $500 million in the past decade subsidising Hollywood productions, including Sir Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings. Subsidies for The Hobbit are expected to reach $60 million.


Advice for Young Girls from The Little Mermaid

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