As society reacted to Disney’s latest foray into the culture war with a short film about an overweight ballerina, Meghan McCain came to the defense of the corporation and its message with her own self-interested logic on why “it’s NOT woke.”
Through Marxist philosophies like critical race theory and queer theory, it has been evidenced that the left continually targets the pliable youth to advance their ideologies. One need look no further than the perpetuation of “preferred pronouns” and the notion of “gender-affirming care” to see how progressives dismiss actual problems like dysphoria and promote blanket acceptance.
Writing for the Daily Mail, McCain took part in that practice as she declared, “The body positivity movement is a positive thing. And saying so, doesn’t make me part of the woke mafia.”
New @DailyMail column:
It's NOT woke to love Disney's plus-size ballerina https://t.co/jOYz2lfUsv
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) October 28, 2022
“It’s not woke to love Lizzo,” she argued. “There’s no reason to freak out over Ashley Graham walking in elite fashion shows. I’m not a wild progressive for cheering on lingerie ads that showcase the full spectrum of women’s body shapes.”
McCain utilized this setup to come to the defense of Disney’s latest short film “Reflect” which focuses on a ballet dancer struggling with body dysmorphia though her subjective and superficial analysis of beauty standards failed to adequately address the actual promotion of obesity.
Targeting the right she said, “But too often some segments of society, generally conservative commentators, get hysterical about ‘glamorizing obesity’ when women or girls who don’t fit the ‘ideal’ beauty standard are celebrated,” and used her own experience on social media as evidence adding, “I’m being harassed right now on social media for being ‘fat’ while pregnant.”
Readily apparent facts like, “Girls today are raised in a more toxic environment than the one in which their mothers were raised,” because of the dangers of social media were negated by her biased look at the film that left her concluding, “Of course, obesity should not be encouraged. Unhealthy lifestyles cause serious health issues that should not be downplayed. But that is not what is happening here: The Disney story is about an overweight kid who loves to dance.”
Meanwhile, in the introduction to the short, director Hillary Bradfield talked up body positivity but made no mention of obesity as unhealthy. Instead, she said, “When people watch the short, I hope that they can feel more positively about themselves and how they look and feel okay about the tough parts of the journey–but, you know, maybe sometimes you go to the dark place to get to the good place and that just makes the good place that much more beautiful.”
Unfortunately, McCain even drew attention to an increase in suspected suicide attempt statistics among teenage girls, but she danced around the reasoning behind it and said, “Who knows why this is happening? But the negativity of modern society must be a factor and we could benefit from some positivity.”
In other words, she suggested her position be validated because it supported her feelings.
Respondents on social media were hardly open to McCain on both sides of the aisle with some calling out her blasé attitude toward obesity and others lambasting her for the selective defense of the woke agenda.
It *is* woke to GLAMORIZE obesity to little girls. The American-Marxists’ attempt to normalize an unhealthy lifestyle will undoubtedly add to the disruption of the nuclear family.
— Nicole Shoemaker (@Nicoleyshoe22) October 28, 2022
Glamorizing obesity is not healthy.
— setter1979 (@setter19791) October 29, 2022
So because you’ve been dealing with weight issues all your life, you have empathy and see this as a good thing. Now, anything else that you can’t empathize is “woke mentality”? Got it! 🤡
— Josean (@dimmutaker) October 28, 2022
It seems she can only acknowledge something as legitimate if it’s her lived experience. Assumingely a trait born from a privilege I don’t think I can understand. It’s disappointing coming from intelligent women, whether I agree with them politically or not.
— Alyssa Golightly (@AlyssaGolightly) October 29, 2022
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