This is Lee Thompson Young.
Lee Thompson Young was the first ever Disney star. He starred in their first ever original sitcom ‘the famous Jett Jackson’ and two Disney channel original movies. He was their first star and their first black star. He started it all.
Without Lee Thompson Young the network would NOT have gotten to where it is today. We would not have girl meets world if it wasn’t for him. We wouldn’t have any of the shows Disney has ever brought us over the years if it wasn’t for him. He started it all. He was their first star.
And today is the three year anniversary of his death. He took his own life three years ago today. He suffered from depression and bipolar.
Disney has not mentioned him once. Not on Instagram. Not on Twitter. Not on Facebook. They’re not airing his show or his movies. They are not even acknowledging him. They didn’t even on the day he died.
And that is not fucking okay with me. HE MADE DISNEY CHANNEL. HE STARTED IT ALL. WITHOUT HIM THEY WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY AND THEY DONT EVEN HAVE THE COURTESY TO EVEN TWEET RIP.
LEE DESERVES BETTER. Please DO NOT let Disney get away with this. Tweet them. Leave comments on their Instagram. DO NOT let them forget him. Tweet the gmw stars, anyone who can get the network to acknowledge the young man who made them who they are today. DO NOT SLEEP ON THIS. LEE THOMPSON YOUNG DESERVES BETTER. HE DESERVES TO BE REMEMBERED
are weird about young, teenage, outspoken girls* in the public sphere. It’s
either they are put down due to sexism or ageism or held up on this pedestal
like they know best (and I realize that, in some ways, this blog contributes to
that). It’s the problem with words like “woke” and “problematic” and “canceled”
and the very creepy, narrow way it’s approached, especially on sites like
Tumblr. There’s a lot of misdirected anger at a lot of these young girls when
they do something perceived as wrong. Especially when they identify as “activists”
(even though activism is not an identity but a literal demonstration of the
verb ‘act’ and the adjective ‘active’, but that’s another issue for another
day) and are in the business of publicly educating and dispersing knowledge. It’s
like we’ve moved on from the former expectance of controlled young actresses
and singers who never speak out and pepper teen magazines with aspirational and
fantastical imagery, to expecting perfection in a different way—that these
young girls must have perfect ideologies, perfect education, perfect execution.
Maybe it’s partly these young girls’ faults for taking on these
responsibilities that they are unequipped for. Maybe not. Flaws are still
despised in female public figures. Perfection—variant kinds—is still expected.
Maybe that’s (part of) the problem.
Amandla identifies as non-binary but is still publicly
coded as ‘female’ (an adjective she does not completely reject).
one of the things i loved most about moana was how well she did with figuring out solutions for problems and how logical and intelligent she was like advising the people of her island, escaping the cave maui trapped her in and even helping out the baby turtle to the ocean when she was a freakin’ baby