I agree with this group’s thesis, in that Ursula was shown as evil using negative stereotypes about beauty standards for women. I would like to add that it seems Disney was specifically queer-coding her as a drag queen, with a deeper voice, different body type than all the other women in the movie, and loud makeup. Disney has queer-coded a lot of their villains with subtle stereotypes.
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Yes, and to add on, Disney was also giving off the narrative that if women are powerful, they are evil or mean. Although Ursula is a villain in the story, she still projects this narrative and stereotypes within Disney animations.
This is an interesting way to think about Ursula and other Disney characters. To make them seem more masculine and evil.