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What is also fascinating about this film is that the villainess (Gothel) masks her villainy in the guise of love. She does not have the wealth of Cruella De Ville, nor the magic of Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent. She is only equipped with an arsenal of emotional manipulation and self-esteem grenades, designed to keep Rapunzel afraid of the world and herself. As such, she is an amazing archetype for the devouring mother that many women must (to greater or lesser degrees) face in order to get free, and fully come into their own. [x]

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If anyone ever wonders why I play Rapunzel with a guilty conscience, this is why. Gothel has raised her blaming her for everything that goes wrong. And this is only the last example of the film! She famous for her, “Great, now I’m the bad guy.” She has always guilted Rapunzel into taking the blame. Rapunzel apologizes all the time, even for minor things.

Thanks to Cat for making me the gifs, just for this purpose!

"Are you sure this movie was created in 2010?" Said the other Stabbington brother, in disbelief.   "And they think we’re the bad guys of this movie?  Talk about underrepresentation.”

"Well if you or Gothel are interested in reading more about it, I found a really good tumblr discussion about this entire issue,” said the first Stabbington brother.

(*POC: Person or People of Color)