Why Does Bree Newsome Look So Familiar?

Let's see: bold & outspoken, courageous, dismantles oppressive stereotypes, willing to face unjust punishment from her narrow-minded government for doing the right thing, thinks outside the box, outsmarts an enemy that resorts to terrorism after it lost a war...

...and oh, yeah, kickass climbing skills:

Congratulations, Bree, you've just embodied one of my childhood heroes.


Or, to put it in a way fans of more recent Disney acquisitions might understand: it's like she saw Rosa Parks and said, "That's a good start, but add just a little Spiderman and it would be perfect."

Civil rights hero and actual straight-up fucking superhero.

Certainly says something about 21st-century activism that it seems like our inspirations are the result of a particularly bizarre game of Madlibs--either that or Civil Rights crossover fanfics are apparently a thing:

People are fond of saying that it is impossible to think of a truly original thought that someone else hasn't thought of before, but I think I can state confidently that "I need to find a picture that looks as much as possible like Rosa Parks is being bitten by a radioactive spider" had never crossed the mind of any human being prior to yesterday at 4:17pm.

And having photoshopped that, I think the world was a slightly more logical place at 4:16!

To show your appreciation for her courage and all-around awesomeness, please consider a donation toward the legal fund for Bree Newsome and other brave activists engaging in peaceful civil disobedience to show #BlackLivesMatter.

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Satiricalifragilistic grew up during the Disney Renaissance, and The Little Mermaid was the first movie she ever saw in theaters at age 3. Her mother flatly refused to let her leave the theater when Ursula got huge and terrifying, and maybe that explains her troubled psyche.

While she'll admit to being an inveterate nitpicker, she firmly believes in loving a piece of art even while criticizing it, and in the importance of engaging critically with what she loves. She has special contempt for anyone who tries to claim the politics in Disney films don't matter because "they're just movies," because she knows exactly how much the Disney Canon influenced her little gradeschool self—for good and for ill!

She loves art, design, music, dancing, movies from Hollywood's Golden Age, and British comedy...expect a lot of these to turn up in her reviews and mashups!