File this under groundbreaking. Disney XD’s series Star vs. the Forces of Evil just introduced the channel’s first male princess.
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Okay, it was only for one scene, and the character isn’t quite taking his place alongside company mainstays like Elena of Avalor, but it still conveyed a powerful message.
Character Marco Diaz transformed himself into “Princess Marco Turdina” while visiting St. Olga’s Reform School for Wayward Princesses. While undercover, the school’s headmistress (aptly named Miss Heinous) outs him when she catches a glimpse of Marco’s chest hair protruding from his purple gown.
Miss Heinous announces to the students, “Turdina isn’t a princess. She’s a boy!”
But the audience surprises the headmistress with their reaction. One princess calls out, “That doesn’t prove anything! Princess can be hairy!” Another questions, “Why does it matter if he’s a boy? And still another says, “He can think for himself, and so can we.”
Other chants include “He can be a princess if he wants to,” and “Turdina is a state of mind!” Check out the video clip below.
It might be a small step, but the underlying message of acceptance was clear.
This isn’t the first time the show—the first animated series created by a woman, Daron Nefcy—made a political statement. In March, it aired an episode that featured Disney’s first ever same-sex kiss.
Talk about making history!
H/T: Daily Mail