On May 18, 2011, I auditioned to play Randy Cunningham on a new Disney XD animated show called Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. Now, over three years later, we just finished the second season finale, our 100th EPISODE. So many people work so hard in three different countries just to get our show on the air and I wanted to take a beat to thank them. To our crew of writers, animators, producers, directors, every branch of Disney (all who have been so kind, especially Aaron and the casting team who helped put me in the show), Titmouse, Boulder Media, our recording studios, the perfect cast, legendary guest stars, the AMAZING tumblr fans (you guys and girls are awesome, we love looking through your stuff!), Andrew Caldwell (who is something of a genius as my best friend Howard Weinerman) and to the creators/showrunners/heart of the show- Scott Thomas and Jed Elinoff, I don’t know how, but you have made 100 episodes of a TV show that uses 90 percent made up words. To everyone else I forgot to mention who works far harder than I do (I just look like an unwashed muppet and yell into a microphone), thank you so much! And finally TO OUR AWESOME FANS WHO ARE THE REASON THIS SHOW HAS MADE IT TO 100, THANK YOU! CONGRATS EVERYONE!
If you have never seen the show, you can click here to look through some clips- RANDY CUNNINGHAM VIDEO CLIPS
PICK A PRINCESS CHALLENGE → Tiana | Saddest Scene
Can I talk for a minute about Mr Fenner and Mr Fenner?
They were very civil towards Tiana, kind even. The one explicitly racial reference made in the film was when they said that a young lady of her ‘background’ wouldn’t be able to manage a restaurant herself. Their kindness was, of course, a kind of paternalistic, benevolent form of misogynoir, but how do we know that it was even kindness?
We have absolutely no reason to believe that they actually had another buyer lined up. A buyer willing to pay the full amount for a sugar mill that’s been empty for decades just miraculously crops up as soon as Tiana gets enough money for the down payment?
I think that, despite the fact that they were kind and polite, they just couldn’t stand to see a black person (a black woman no less) own a business. I don’t think they ever expected her to get enough money for her restaurant, probably figured that she’d squander the cash/get pregnant/become an alcoholic or something else equally black before she got the money together.
Chances are they also own a lot of property in the black neighbourhoods and are probably known for doing ‘fair’ (only slightly extortionate) business with black people (hence why Tia was so comfortable doing business with them) so just rejecting her offer outright with no explanation beyond ‘fuck that n*gger’ would damage their reputation.
And I think Tiana knew that racism was the issue here, but she’s not one to give up so thought that if she could just outbid that mysterious buyer in time, could prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that she could afford the space, that she might just have a chance at getting the mill after all.
Happy Birthday ~ princessmadgirl
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