Dylan and Cole Sprouse of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Suite Life on Deck have had perhaps the most interesting post-Disney path of the group; they were already established actors by the time they landed their show, so they had that going for them, but they’ve also made some really great choices to broaden their horizons since the shows ended (going to college, focusing on things other than acting, and so on). After being asked if he’d seen the Joe Jonas piece, Dylan penned this response on his Tumblr:
“I read the article and I have a couple things to say. Most formally the idea that Disney and the corporations ‘gentrified them.’
“First, I think it’s bullshit that they were being robbed of choice or creativity. If they wanted too, they could have told Disney ‘NO’. Cole and I did this hundreds of times and we ended up all right. The only reason they didn’t is because, like many of the people on that channel, I think they fell for the allure of fame. Granted, Cole and I had been acting our entire lives, so we saw it as a means to an end (money making) rather than an opportunity to become successful.
“Nowadays artists just assume they have to do what they are told by their proprietors because there is a “rigid structure to achievement”. It is nothing more than a scheme to rob you of your individuality and capitalise the gain they acquire from such treachery. If you believe this, not only are you incredibly foolish, but you are a BAD ARTIST. Individuality is modernity’s most interesting trait regarding artwork and so so many talented individuals realize this. You do not have to become something else to be successful. Not only is it not too late for them to redefine themselves now, it was never too late.
“What that article felt like was: ‘Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, still shame on you.’
“My personal creed? ‘Fool me once, you’ll forever regret that decision.’”
Harsh? Maybe, but food for thought. The twins have been pretty vocal in the past about how much they dislike the way the Disney machine runs, but they’ve always taken ownership for the choices they’ve made throughout their career—including everything that happened during their Disney days. And I think he’s right: When it comes down to it, you can either go “wah, wah, Disney wouldn’t let me evolve as an artist!”—or you can just stop whining, peace out, and evolve on your own terms.
So there you have it. What are your thoughts on it, Bettys? Tell us in the comments!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.
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