It’s not Mickey Mouse’s fault! Or so says Dylan Sprouse when it comes to fellow Disney star Joe Jonas’s personal essay, which was less than flattering about the Magical Kingdom of Child Actors.
Dylan, who starred alongside his twin brother Cole on the Disney Channel hit The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, took to his Tumblr on December 2 to answer a fan’s question about Joe’s essay and whether Dylan agreed with him or had any thoughts of his own on the topic.
Thoughts? Dylan’s got plenty and they’re not exactly in line with Joe’s. The 21-year-old first takes issue with Joe’s claim that he felt like a “perfect little puppet” with no artistic freedom. “First, I think it’s bullshit that they were being robbed of choice or creativity,” Dylan writes. “If they wanted too [sic], they could have told Disney, ‘NO.’” He and Cole did this “hundreds of times,” Dylan writes, and “we ended up all right [sic].” But, he says, that may be because, unlike Joe, they didn’t fall “for the allure of fame.”
Here Cole branches off into what he feels it means to be a modern day artist, many of whom “assume they have to do what they are told.” That, however, “is nothing more than a scheme to rob you of your individuality.”
“If you believe this, not only are you incredibly foolish, but you are a BAD ARTIST,” the New York University art student writes, cap locks key firmly in place. “Individuality is modernity’s most interesting trait regarding artwork and so so many talented individuals realize this.”
Judging from his writing, Joe knows this too. “Now that I’m 24 and have control of my life, I’m going back to the drawing board,” the former boy bander writes at the end of his personal essay. “I don’t have to rely on anyone else’s opinion, whether good or bad, and hear them say, ‘No, no, you can’t go write with them. That’s too weird for us.’ Because weird works. Look at Lorde.”
Or at Dylan Sprouse’s Tumblr, where he tells the inquiring fan that Joe’s article felt like “‘Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, still shame on you’” while Dylan likes to take a different approach. “My personal creed? ‘Fool me once, you’ll forever regret that decision.’”
Source: Dylan Sprouse on Tumblr