From the start, Disney was trying to bring back the Disney Princesses, and the film The Princess Bride did just that.
It made gay people feel at home, and its story of a lesbian princess and her family helped catapult the LGBT rights movement.
But, despite Disney’s efforts to bring the characters back, the film also ushered in a new generation of gay rights activists, and Disney was forced to confront a backlash from its own employees.
“I think that when Disney’s film came out, it kind of galvanized gay and lesbian fans and activists in a way that no other film had before,” Matt Damon, the director of the movie The Dictators, told Salon.
“It galvanized people, and it galvanized Disney.”
The film was hailed as a triumph for the LGBT community, which felt Disney was taking the fight for equality seriously.
It’s the first film that really spoke to what gay people were experiencing, and a great example of how they could fight back, Damon added.
But it also left many LGBT fans disappointed.
“I feel like people, especially those of us who are LGBT, really felt like the movie was sort of like a stepping stone to something else,” Damon said.
“A lot of people who were attracted to the characters felt like it didn’t do enough for them.”
When Damon and other critics were first asked about the movie’s message, they were skeptical.
“We were like, ‘This movie is really about gay characters?'”
“That’s not really a thing that we ever had an issue with.”
But a few months later, a new batch of critics who had not seen the film were calling out the movie for what they saw as its poor representation of the LGBT people in it.
They were also concerned about the tone of the film and its focus on the gay relationship.
“There’s not a lot of LGBT characters in the movie,” Damon explained.
“There’s a lot that’s just a gay couple.”
And in an effort to fix the film’s tone, the cast of The Princess, along with others on the production team, decided to make the film more sympathetic.
The result was the new film The Dicts, which has a less overtly anti-gay tone.
It also addressed issues like the death of Prince Triton, who was killed in a car accident during the film.
“It’s just not in the film to be a hateful piece of work,” Damon added, “because that’s not the tone that we wanted to go for with it.”
While The Dids was a commercial success, many fans felt that the film missed the mark.
“The Dicts is a pretty divisive film, and there’s not many people who will go to a theater or a cinema and watch this movie,” said Damon.
“This movie’s really not meant to be the ultimate movie.”
When The Dives first came out in 2015, many critics and fans of the LGBTQ community were angry with Disney for not including any LGBT characters.
But the backlash didn’t last long.
“Even the LGBT advocacy community was like, This movie’s gonna be a hit,” Damon recalled, “even though it was really kind of a one-hit-wonder.”
“When The Princesses came out,” Damon continued, “it really galvanized LGBT people.
It galvanized the gay community.”
And the backlash did not last long, either.
“Disney’s got a really strong, strong culture of inclusion,” Damon told Salon, “and there’s always room for improvement.
And the film is the result of that.”
A few months after the film came to theaters, Damon received an email from a fan who was upset that he had never heard of the character of Princess Jasmine.
“She’s basically the same as every other Princess,” Damon replied.
“Her name is Jasmine.”
That fan was one of a handful of fans who found the new character Jasmine offensive.
But when it was time to review the film for a review in the Gay and Lesbian Review of Books, they discovered that the criticism was not limited to fans of Disney’s films.
“Everyone that we’ve had on the film committee, every one of them, has said something about how they don’t agree with the way Jasmine is portrayed in the story,” Damon remembered.
“The Dives” helped bring back Disney’s princessesThe film made the gay and lesbians in the LGBTQ communities feel like they had a home in the Disney world.
“They’re so much more comfortable there than they are in other communities,” Damon, who has worked with many LGBT people, said.
“Disney has always been very supportive of our community,” Damon continues.
“When they first announced the film, they said, ‘We’re gonna bring back our beloved princesses, the ones who have made it so iconic.'”
“We’re going to bring these new characters back,” Disney