People Are Having Some Very Intense Arguments About Who Is Allowed To Go To Disneyland
It sure has been a heavy news day for a Saturday, so I figure we could all use a bit of a break! So instead of writing up an update on the idiocy surrounding the Straight Pride Parade, I thought it might be nice to discuss some of the less objectively depressing things in the news this week. Good? Good!
Earlier this week, Hollywood legend Faye Dunaway got fired from a Broadway-bound one woman show about Katharine Hepburn for slapping people. Which is very on-brand for Faye Dunaway. And, you know, as much as I understand why she got fired and that it is definitely bad for Faye Dunaway to go around slapping crew members... I am a little bit jealous. Because if Faye Dunaway slapped me I would immediately say "Why did you adopt me" through my teeth all creepy Christina Crawford style and it would be the most amazing moment of my life.
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There would, of course, also be the option of yelling "She's my sister! She's my daughter! She's my sister! She's my daughter!" but as irresistible as that would be, it would probably be in bad taste.
And speaking of slapping people! There was a big giant fight on a cruise, stemming from some people being super mad about another passenger dressing up as a clown.
The P&O Cruises ship, Britannia, was enroute from Bergen, Norway, to Southampton at the end of a week-long cruise when the fight broke out during the early hours of Friday morning.[...]
One witness, part of a group involved in the trouble, explained to staff that things kicked off when another passenger appeared dressed as a clown," he wrote.
"This upset one of their party because they'd specifically booked a cruise with no fancy dress. It led to a violent confrontation."
Mr Gaisford said P&O Cruises staff explained that they had never seen anything like it, and one witness said "there was blood everywhere".
Fighting is bad and you shouldn't beat people up even if they are dressed like a clown, but also I have some questions for the person who randomly decided to dress up as a clown for no reason? Like why they just happened to have taken an entire clown costume with them on a cruise ship? Like, was it some kind of "Oh wow, I have so much extra room in my suitcase, guess I'll put an entire clown costume in there and then wear it around the cruise ship even though no one else will be wearing a costume!" thing? I just... I have a lot of questions.
And speaking of vacations...
There is an entirely ridiculous non-political argument happening on the internet between people who are super mad about people without kids going to Disney World and people who don't care if people without kids go to Disney World.
This is all stemming from a Twitter post from about a week ago featuring a rant by an anonymous mother who was VERY UPSET about millennials without kids going to Disney World and stealing all the pretzels from her precious child.
While most people's reaction to that rant was "Boy, it seems like this lady might have overreacted a little bit," a fella named Johnny Oleksinski decided that actually she might have a point and that it is "weird" for millennials without kids to be going to Disney World, and wrote up a little op-ed in the NYPost about how they should spend their money and time on loftier things.
The usual complaint about those born between 1981 and 1996 remaining constant 12-year-olds is that the behavior amounts to self-infantilization and a lifelong immaturity that bleeds into basic decision making: getting jobs, paying bills, staying alive.
But another oft ignored problem with letting a kids brand control your adult life is the stupidity and culture ignorance it leads to. You're skipping great films such as "Booksmart" and "The Farewell" to relive second grade. And your annual (or more, God help us) trip to Disney World costs as much — and more in some cases — than a trip to Europe, South America or Canada, where you would meet people different from yourself. People for whom the only color of the wind is see-through. Fanny-pack-less people.
I will tell you, there is not a whole lot that would make me come running to the defense of Disney adults. I, too, think it's weird. At least when they take it to the point of the awful people I grew up down the street from who had Disney-themed everything. But christ! People can like more than one thing! I would imagine that most people do not swath themselves in Disney to the exclusion of everything else in the world. And if they do? Hey, as long as they're not hurting anyone, who cares? This seems more less like an opportunity for Johnny Oleksinski to say something important and more like an opportunity for him to let the whole world know that he is very fancy and worldly and would never like anything that anyone else thought was stupid, or spend his money on something anyone might deem stupid. That seems like an exhausting way to live!
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Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Writer at Death & Taxes, and Assistant Editor at The Frisky (RIP). Currently, she writes for Wonkette, Friendly Atheist, Quartz and other sites. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse