In recent years, Disney has made great efforts to embrace diversity, especially among their princesses. The Princess and the Frog gave us a black princess, Frozen tells the story of female empowerment and love between sisters, and Moana featured a fearless Polynesian girl. But on March 27th, one Planned Parenthood branch came under fire for its suggestion that Disney needs a princess who’s had an abortion.
Planned Parenthood Keystone, a branch based in Pennsylvania, posted the message as part of a since-deleted tweet calling for more inclusiveness among Disney princesses.
Planned Parenthood’s national office confirmed to USA Today that yes, the tweet was real. President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Melissa Reed discussed the tweet in an email to the news organization.
But even though it was deleted, the tweet drew swift backlash online.
While Planned Parenthood Keystone’s tweet was divisive to say the least, we do understand the point they were attempting to make: representation is important, and Disney princesses have the power to change hearts and minds on critical social issues that are still all-too-often ignored. However, making nuanced points on serious topics isn’t necessarily suited to a 280-character tweet, and this subject matter would probably have been best explored in a longer op-ed in which Planned Parenthood could more fully explain its position.