I want to be part of his world.
They say that the first step is admitting you have a problem, and…we may have a problem. We’ve become completely obsessed with queer Disney cartoons, and it may be time for an intervention.
This time it’s everyone’s favorite mermaid. The 1989 animated classic captured our hearts and hasn’t released us since. It’s a classic fish out of water story that queer people have related to for quite some time. Perhaps that’s no coincidence. It’s thought that the novel was originally a ‘love letter’ to the author, Hans Christian Andersen’s male crush, Edvard Collin. In fact, Anderson once wrote to Collin, “I long for you as though you were a beautiful Calabrian girl.”
I could sit here and pick apart the queer significance of the original novel, but instead, let’s look at some cute gender-bending images!
The artist Mark Scarnander is known for his illustrations of DC characters and “some gay sh*t”. These particular images come from a video by the artist that depicts a male version of Ariel singing the iconic “Part of Your World”. Ariel floats around his grotto, complete with whosits and whatsits galore. The song is a cover of the original by Argentinian actor and singer-songwriter Mike Zubio.
I realize this is now beyond obsession, but can you really blame us?