I tried to explain why this is such a big deal to me on Twitter, but I'm not sure I can fully express why my immediate response was I WANT ONE RIGHT NOW. I know there are problems with the Ursula character and trends among fat Disney characters, but Ursula is so magnificent. When I first saw fat girls creating Ursula costumes for Halloween, I was filled with indeterminate squee.
I also find it incredibly disappointing that Broadway Ursula is not fat.
In our discussion on Facebook, TheSugarMonster said, "WE NEED THIS WITH EVERY FIBER OF OUR BEINGS." Yes, Ursula is that goddamn important.
When I told her I wanted to write a piece asking folks to explain what an Ursula Doll means to them, she said:
Ursula was a bad ass fat bitch who got she wanted and didn't apologize for her size OR her evil. Being that she was based on Divine...there's a reason they're two of my biggest inspirations.
Yes, Ursula was based on Divine, meaning that she came from fat unapologetic fabulousness.
So what does the existence of an Ursula Doll mean to you? Is it important? Why?
Also feel free to post your favorite Ursula gif. Here's mine: