It has been 8 years since my divorce. My ex-husband was so into Disney that it infiltrated every part of of our lives. Every vacation was to Disney World or Disneyland. After 18 years with him (9 where we were married), and he had asked for the divorce, I also divorced Disney. I went through a period where I hated Disney. I no longer hate Disney but I do hate what it has become. I know that Walt Disney created the parks as a place for families to be together. But it has been marketed so much it has trivialized it to the point that to call something Disney-esque or Mickey-mouse is not a positive thing. I thought of this and don't think this is what Walt Disney would have wanted. I was curious about this and so looked it up on Meriam-Webster and found this definition for Mickey Mouse:
Mickey Mouse adjective
\ ˈmi-kē-ˈmau̇s \
Definition of Mickey Mouse 1: too easy, small, ineffective, or unimportant to be taken seriouslyMickey Mouse coursesa Mickey Mouse operation 2: being or performing insipid or corny popular music 3: annoyingly pettyMickey Mouse regulations
Dis·ney·esque | \ ˌdiz-nē-ˈesk \
variants: or Disneyish \ ˈdiz-nē-ish \
Definition of Disneyesque : resembling or suggestive of the films, television productions, or amusement parks made by Walt Disney or his organization
First Known Use of Disneyesque 1939
Wikipedia has this definition: "Mickey Mouse" is a slang expression meaning small-time, amateurish or trivial. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, it also means poor quality or counterfeit. However, in parts of Australia it can mean excellent or very good (rhyming slang for "grouse")
I found this interesting the mixture of different feeling and definition and how it is also related to the United States itself. To me this is very bothersome and disturbing. We have lived in a world where people don't respect each other in a society of greed. It makes me wonder if we weren't trivialized and took things such as the virus, other people's well-being, and the environment, would be in this predicament with the virus, racial problems, and environmental factors?
On a positive note, I am thankful for what I have, my health, my family, and friends!