Colonialism for the win!
No, not really. But Disney is making a movie about a Virginia man who claimed an area of North Sudan as his own, just because his daughter wanted to become a princess. Typically a parent would buy a costume for a child and say, “you’re now a princess” but Jeremiah Heaton took it one colonialistic step further.
Heaton travelled to Sudan and Egypt to put up a flag in an area of “no man’s land” and called it his last year and now Disney is calling his story ‘theirs’ and calling it “The Princess of North Sudan”.
Of course no one is happy about this, especially those on social media:
Princess of North Sudan is about a White American claiming land without any right so his daughter could be a princess. America I tell you…
— Philotes Φιλότης (@BienSur_JeTaime) May 14, 2015
— Lisa Hendrix (@LisaHendrix) May 14, 2015
This is NOT a cute story. This is a story of a man who is romanticizing colonialism despite its dark history. #PrincessOfNorthSudan
— Araweelo (@NaimaVibes) May 14, 2015
But you know how the saying goes…it must be nice to be white and have the privilege of just plopping a flag down on a piece of land and calling it America, I mean your own.