Planned Parenthood tweeted out about having a Disney princess who has had an abortion, sparking lots if criticism and push-back. The tweet was then removed under the intense heat and responses it was receiving.
The post was in response to a recent viral meme asking social media to “sarcastically advocate for a Disney princess with a certain characteristic.”
The branch of Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania deleted the tweet after stating that it was “honest depictions of certain people’s lives.”
Their tweet explained:
“We need a Disney princess who’s had an abortion,” “We need a Disney princess who’s an undocumented immigrant,” “We need a Disney princess who’s actually a union worker,” and “We need a Disney princess who’s trans.”
Those who opposed Planned Parenthood and the action of abortion started the twitter trend #defundPlannedParenthood.
Some described the tweet as “disgusting” and an attempt to “indoctrinate our kids.”
The political right groups weren’t the only ones heavily upset by the comment: liberals made harsh comments and hated on the tweet.
Someone angrily tweeted, “Disney princesses are for CHILDREN and these are adult issues. Jesus. This far-out crap is why we got stuck with Donald Trump.”
In response, another user said, “Exactly. They have no idea how extreme this sounds (and yes, I’m pro-choice).”
Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump Jr. opposed Planned Parenthood’s tweet and how they targeted younger children. He commented, “We need Disney Princesses that led kids enjoy childhood rather than subjecting them to never ending identity politics.”
Even though the tweet was deleted, Planned Parenthood Keystone still stood its ground and believed that the tweet was honest and harmless.
Melissa Reed, the chief executive, clarified, “Today, we joined an ongoing conversation about the kinds of princesses people want to see in an attempt to make a point about the importance of telling stories that challenge stigma and championing stories that too often don’t get told. Upon reflection, we decided that the seriousness of the point we were trying to make was not appropriate for the subject matter or context, and we removed the tweet.”
The tweet attempted to jokingly pronounce shame on Disney for the lack of diversity in its movies. Despite calling out the diversity issues, many took offense that Planned Parenthood dragged kids into the subject that is sensitive to many. It is possible that if the account hadn’t taken down the tweet, more anger would’ve resulted from it and Planned Parenthood would be forced to respond in some manner.