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Cruella de Vil, the heartless puppy-pelt enthusiast reinvented as a rebellious fashion challenger in a new Disney movie, is not unlike real-life, norms-breaking politician Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Washington Post column has said.
The iconic ‘101 Dalmatians’ villainess was given a sympathetic live-action backstory, with Emma Stone portraying a younger Cruella on a one-upmanship crusade against Emma Thompson’s top fashion house owner, Baroness von Hellman. Her publicity stunts, however, feel “bland” from a modern viewpoint, argued Washington Post columnist Alyssa Rosenberg.
Opinion: What “Cruella” and Marjorie Taylor Greene have in common https://t.co/N1C1RbSfDN
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 6, 2021
Unlike barrier-breaking provocative women of the past, today’s misbehaving females are easily accepted and adopted by large swaths of society, Rosenberg said. She compared Cruella’s fictitious antics to the behavior of Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene.
“Greene routinely violates the basic tenets of manners, much less the higher standard of conduct one might imagine public officials aspire to,” she wrote. “But much of Greene’s behavior is disturbing less because she challenges norms than because she embodies a troubling new set of them.”
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The Republican lawmaker, who won her Congress seat last year, is among the political figures that the left in the US loves to hate. She is a stalwart supporter of Donald Trump, a vocal opponent of vaccination passports, and constantly clashes with Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Or, according to critics, she is an insurrectionist conspiracy theorist, who diminishes the tragedy of the Holocaust and is harrassing a fellow legislator.
The comparison between Cruella and Greene drew some anger from both sides of the US political spectrum. Critics of the GOP politician accused the Washington Post of “trivializing” the US “slide into fascism” – ostensibly represented by Greene’s election to office.
WaPo comes up with one more way of trivializing (and monetizing) our slide into fascism.
— bad moon rising (@dillyblue) June 6, 2021
You’re giving them both oxygen?
— Bugs (@Bchandler6767) June 6, 2021
Others simply declared that Greene is definitely the worst of the two.
I like Cruella better. She’s somewhat authentic.
— Leslie (@LDM_tigergirl) June 6, 2021
Greene is ‘crueller’ than Cruella.
— LeoOnTheEdge (@LeonardoMirone) June 6, 2021
Don’t event go there. Cruella is a mastermind. MTG is a troglodyte.
— Tanner Gruene (@tanner_gruene) June 6, 2021
NO. Cruella is an intelligent sentient being and despite her cruelty she still has her humanity in tact ..that other disgusting thing has zero redeeming qualities – Don’t shit on Disney like that.
— Jayson (@jaysonfreelin) June 6, 2021
The other side accused the newspaper of catering to its left-leaning readers with clickbait headlines and strained comparisons between an actual human and a Disney character.
Because comparing Republicans to real world villains like Hitler isn’t good enough any more.
Now we’re moving on to cartoon villains. https://t.co/NYAfgqJroN
— Amazon Post- Democracy dies in gas lines (@dying_democracy) June 6, 2021
Because democrats can’t handle the truth they stoop to fantasy comparisons?
I love democrat fear.
— Nextdoor Girl – The Reality Czar (@jeaniefacts) June 6, 2021
While taking aim at Greene in the headline, Rosenberg’s column acknowledged that disrespect for norms is not restricted to women on the right. Her leftist examples were Rachel Dolezal, an activist who claimed to “self-identify as black,” and academic Jessica Krug, who faked Latina heritage.
“Greene is responding to the most degraded part of the Republican Party; Dolezal and Krug to a warped desire to claim the credibility that comes with identifying as non-white; ‘Cruella’ to the demands of Disney,” she wrote. “However different they may be, all three show how far the standards of female badness have fallen.”
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