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Punk Disney Princesses
'Reinvented as a Metallica Roadie'
By Starling Root
Punk may be dead in a physical here and now type of way, but the Internet promises that punk shall live forever. Likewise, Disney will never die. Both--despite age, despite clichés, despite hater blogs--are heroes of nostalgia.
AbsolutePunk.com assures us, with its bleeding heart logo, that “[punk] music mends broken hearts.” On the site, thousands come together to listen to and discuss punk rock. Punk.com leads you into a very corporate wonderland of fashion punk, full of pricey fishnets, animal hats, and boots. Myriad other websites—from PunkNews.org to Interpunk.com to PunkRock.org—entice punks and punk wannabes with “ultimate” this and “absolute” that. Because it's not punk without '80s hyperbole.
Googling Disney, as of today at least, yields about 867,000,000 results. There's even an unofficial website for potential Disney vacation-goers (AllEars.net). There are so many Disney-related websites, as a matter of fact, that INTERCOT has created a “definitive guide...to Disney on the Internet.” That's right: Somebody has to help you navigate through all the online Disney.
Besides their evident immortality, punk and Disney share something else in common. Meredith Woerner of io9.com, “a daily publication that covers science, science fiction, and the future,” has brought punk and Disney to an ironic Internet intersection. Woerner has given Ariel, Alice, Belle, and other dainty Disney types punk make-overs. Think pink hair and piercings and black T-shirts. Posted on December 12th, these make-overs come just in time for New Year's. 2012 will be that much darker for these Disney dames (Mayan apocalypse aside.)
Woerner's three sentence intro to the pictures begins, “What if your favorite Disney Princesses sang about the heavy-metal merits of Rammstein and neck tatts, instead of little towns and quiet villages?” What a tantalizing question indeed.
12/29/2011 12:12:23 am
I think Mulan was pretty punk rock before, no make over needed.
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