WaPo columnist likens GOP maverick queen Greene to Disney’s puppy-skinning villainess Cruella, infuriating both left and right — RT USA News
Cruella de Vil, the heartless puppy fur enthusiast who was reinvented as a rebellious fashion challenger in a new Disney movie, is not dissimilar to real-life, norm-breaking politician Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Washington Post column said.
The iconic villain character “101 Dalmatians” received a personable live-action backstory in which Emma Stone portrays a younger Cruella on a crusade against Emma Thompson’s top fashion house owner Baroness von Hellman. However, her publicity stunts feel “bland” from a modern perspective, argued Washington Post columnist Alyssa Rosenberg.
In contrast to the barrier-breaking, provocative women of the past, the misbehaving women of today are easily accepted and embraced by large sections of society, Rosenberg said. She compared Cruella’s fictional antics to the behavior of Georgia MP Marjorie Taylor Greene.
“Greene routinely violates the basic principles of manners, let alone the higher standards of conduct imaginable from civil servants,” she wrote. “But much of Greene’s behavior is less disturbing because it challenges norms than because it embodies a disturbing new set of them.”
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The Republican MP, who won her seat in Congress last year, is one of those political figures the American left likes to hate. She is a loyal supporter of Donald Trump, a vocal opponent of vaccination certificates, and constantly clashes with Democratic MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Or, according to critics, she is an insurgent conspiracy theorist who plays down the tragedy of the Holocaust and harasses a co-legislator.
The comparison between Cruella and Greene has sparked some anger on both sides of the US political spectrum. Critics of the GOP politician accused the Washington Post of “playing down” the US “slide into fascism” – allegedly represented by Greene’s election into office.
WaPo has another way of trivializing (and monetizing) our slide into fascism.
– bad moonrise (@dillyblue) June 6, 2021
You give both of them oxygen?
– Bug (@ Bchandler6767) June 6, 2021
Others simply stated that Greene was definitely the worst of the two.
I like Cruella better. It’s a little authentic.
– Leslie (@LDM_tigergirl) June 6, 2021
Greene is “crueler” than Cruella.
– LeoOnTheEdge (@LeonardoMirone) June 6, 2021
Don’t go there. Cruella is a thought leader. MTG is a caveman.
– Tanner Greens (@tanner_gruene) June 6, 2021
NO. Cruella is an intelligent sentient being, and despite her cruelty, she still has her humanity intact … that other disgusting thing has no redeeming properties – don’t fuck Disney.
– Jayson (@jaysonfreelin) June 6, 2021
The other side accused the newspaper of serving its left-wing readers with clickbait headlines and tense comparisons between a real person and a Disney character.
Because comparing Republicans to real villains like Hitler is no longer good enough. Now we come to cartoon villains. https://t.co/NYAfgqJroN
– Amazon Post- Democracy dies in gas pipes (@dying_democracy) June 6, 2021
Because Democrats can’t handle the truth, are they prone to fantasy comparisons? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
– Nextdoor Girl – The Reality Czar (@jeaniefacts) June 6, 2021
While targeting Greene in the headline, Rosenberg’s column acknowledged that disregard for norms isn’t limited to women on the right. Her left-wing examples were Rachel Dolezal, an activist who claimed to “identify herself as black,” and academic Jessica Krug, who feigned Latin heritage.
“Greene is responding to the most degraded section of the Republican Party; Dolezal and Krug to a distorted desire to claim the credibility that comes with being identified as non-white; ‘Cruella’ to Disney’s demands, ”she wrote. “As different as they may be, all three show how far the standards of female wickedness have fallen.”
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