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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

you know what we need to talk about more

first of all we’ve got these four talented and racially diverse ladies with healthy body types singing and dancing to songs about female friendships 

and empowering women

they literally have a song called “cinderella” about not needing a man

and in the movie sequels they travel to spain and india 

where supporting characters have actual character arcs and aren’t just “cultural decoration”

oh look bilingual songs

it doesn’t hurt that the whitney houston produced the first two movies

it’s so important that we had something like the cheetah girls to be primarily targeted towards young girls on disney channel

People 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).

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