August 17, 2002

MY DAUGHTER IS WATCHING CINDERELLA II on video as I write this. Like most of the Disney remakes, it’s not a patch on the original. But the theme is relevant to the times: Cinderella is now the Princess, scandalizing the very European-accented aristocrats (Cinderella, of course, sounds quite American) with her egalitarian approach to the commoners, her choice of banjo-and-fiddle music in place of waltzes, etc., etc. The aristocrats huff and puff about how crass this is, and how such things aren’t done, but their huffing and puffing is, of course, impotent, and they are left to fume on the sidelines.

Sounds familiar.

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