A Disney Movie … based on true, modern day events.
Jeremiah Heaton, from the state of Virginia promised his daughter that she’d be a princess.
To fulfill this promise he took the initiative and flew to disputed land bordering Egypt/Sudan, and “claimed” it by planting a flag.
Within months, Heaton was journeying through the desolate southern stretches of Egypt and into an unclaimed 800-square-mile patch of arid desert. There, on June 16 — Emily’s seventh birthday — he planted a blue flag with four stars and a crown on a rocky hill. The area, a sandy expanse sitting along the Sudanese border, morphed from what locals call Bir Tawil into what Heaton and his family call the “Kingdom of North Sudan.”
There, Heaton is the self-described king and Emily is his princess.
“I wanted to show my kids I will literally go to the ends of the earth to make their wishes and dreams come true,” Heaton said.
This is a real thing.
The story is about a year old, but more recently Disney will be getting the rights to this story to make it a film, produced by Morgan Spurlock and written by Stephany Folsom.
Understandably, with this ridiculous story of modern day colonialism, white privilege and “Columbusing”, Twitter has been going in with the Hashtag #PrincessOfNorthSudan. Urging Disney to abandon the film project.
The film’s writer, Stephany Folsom, has also taken to Twitter to try and calm some fears about the film’s story and message (see below)
How a 7-year old white girl from Virginia became “The Princess of the North Land Of Black Peoples.” https://t.co/VKjE4kg2TM
— Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) May 18, 2015
— Franceska (@CactusGipsy) May 26, 2015
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— Stephany Folsom (@StephanyFolsom) May 14, 2015