What curse? It looks like not everyone agrees with Joe Jonas’ thoughts on The Walt Disney Company. Just two days after Jonas wrote in a New York magazine that the company put “incredible pressure” on his famous family, fellow Disney alum Dylan Sprouse is slamming Jonas’ claims that the brand squashed his “creativity” as an up-and-coming star.
In the Dec. 9 issue of New York mag, Jonas, 24, opened up about not being able to branch out because of Disney’s rules. “I had to shave every day because they wanted me to pretend like I was 16 when I was 20 (when the show was done, I cut my hair off and grew as much of a beard as I could),” he recalled about filming his comedy Jonas alongside brothers Kevin and Nick. He also revealed that Disney executives kept “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens “on lockdown” during her 2007 nude photo scandal.
“I think it’s bulls–t that they were being robbed of choice or creativity,” Sprouse, 21, wrote of the article on his Tumblr page on Monday, Dec. 2. “If they wanted to, 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.”
Sprouse, 21, starred in Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” with his twin brother Cole Sprouse from 2005-2008. They then went on to star in “The Suite Life on Deck” from 2008 to 2011. (In September, it was revealed that he was currently working at a New York City restaurant. He reassured his fans via Tumblr that he was “financially secure” and did it to “socialize and get out of the house.”)
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“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 capitalize the gain they acquire from such treachery,” he continued about Jonas. “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.”
He added: “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.’”