After some serious blowback, a Philadelphia area Planned Parenthood clinic has walked back a line-crossing tweet that contained the line “We need a Disney princess who’s had an abortion.” The clinic has since apologized and deleted the Tweet, but not before both the pro-life and pro-choice crowds used the opportunity to be outraged online.
It’s fair to note that the tweet wasn’t totally out of the blue; there was a mini-viral trend on Twitter around the subject, which included messages more along the lines of the other parts of the now-deleted tweet, like “We need a Disney princess who’s an undocumented immigrant,” and “We need a Disney princess who’s trans.”
“Today, we joined an ongoing Twitter 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.,” said Melissa Reed, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Keystone.
Many people weren’t mad but rather confused at the sentiment. Many treated the topic of abortion like something that no one should really be explaining to a child.
Disney princesses are for CHILDREN and these are adult issues. Jesus. This far-out crap is why we got stuck with Donald Trump.
Of course, others just went extremely hard on the tweet for seemingly promoting pro-abortion rhetoric. Most of the pro-life critics online weren’t making the argument that certain issues just aren’t for kids to be thinking about; rather, they said that if a kid saw a Disney princess who’d had an abortion, that child would then be subject to a kind of heinous political propaganda.
#PlannedParenthood = Murder Incorporated. Planned Parenthood PA, @PPKeystone , had some suggestions for #Disney . Subsequently, the Tweet was deleted after the unexpected(?) uproar. How did PP not see it coming?
So, how long do you think Disney will be safe for your children? pic.twitter.com/zhyFCJJGvL
— Paul DiBartolo (@pauldibartolo) March 28, 2018
Planned Parenthood is trying hard to spread their message through Disney princesses. Understand full impact of the sentence before you look at the image.
They subsequently deleted tweet. What parent would be comfortable exposing their child to subliminal political propaganda? pic.twitter.com/KjBcBZQ26K
— Rising serpent (@rising_serpent) March 28, 2018
— V-zo (@nzo11) March 27, 2018