We should listen to her on all things Disney Princess because she starred in Frozen. Right. That makes sense.
Now that it’s 2018, it’s really, really important for every single celebrity to let us know what they think about every possible issue and even a few things that aren’t issues.
Kristen Bell, who voiced Princess Anna in the animated Disney movie, Frozen, has publicly stated that a key moment in the Snow White fairy tale is problematic because of ‘consent’.
Bell also has a problem with Snow White eating the poisoned apple that the wicked stepmother gave her.
The Frozen star spoke to Parenting about her concerns after reading Snow White to her daughters Lincoln, five, and Delta, three.
Ok, hang on a second…
We’re taking seriously the words of a woman who named her daughters Lincoln and Delta?
Chatter between ClashDaily editors have come up with three possible hypotheses on why Bell would do that to her children:
- She intentionally gave the girls positive, masculine names because she’s oh-so-progressive and hopes that they won’t be teased because their parents are famous and kind of quirky;
- Bell is hoping to score some big dinero endorsement deals because she name-branded her kids at birth;
- She is naming them where they were conceived. Think about it.
Bell first discussed the problem of taking and eating an apple from a really sketchy old lady.
‘Every time we close Snow White, I look at my girls and ask, “Don’t you think it’s weird that Snow White didn’t ask the old witch why she needed to eat the apple? Or where she got that apple?”‘ the 38-year-old shared.
She also implies that Snow White is actually a #MeToovictim because it gives the wrong message on ‘consent’.
‘Don’t you think that it’s weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?’ she asks her girls.
‘Because you can not kiss someone if they’re sleeping!’
Source: Daily Mail
Well, let’s hope Kristen Bell doesn’t read the original unvarnished fairy tales. She’d completely freak out.
Lots of people on Twitter expressed their frustration with Bell pushing her modern morality on old children’s fairy tales, and specifically an animated movie that was released in 1938.
— David Webb (@davidwebbshow) October 18, 2018
Remember kids, it's not woke to wake Snow White from her deathless slumber.
— Baron von Franklinstein (@FranklinH3000) October 18, 2018
The daily eye roll over something someone in Hollywood thinks I should listen to them about. @IMKristenBell methinks you have waaayyy too much free time on your hands to ponder 80 year old Disney stories and get offended. 🤦🏼♀️🤪 pic.twitter.com/EEnvEaKIbK
— Laura (@Laurahas2boys) October 18, 2018
The Snow White in a coma, who can only be awakened by the kiss of her one true love? That Snow White? Or the looney feminist Snow White Privilege confused about her gender, who majored in Lesbian Interpretive Dance? Which Snow White though? https://t.co/SLNrHqpmAt
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) October 18, 2018
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) October 18, 2018
@IMKristenBell moaning about Snow White when she readily agrees to voice a character that wants to marry a man after 5mins and only after he rejects her does she learn her lesson, she’s a more modern princess, but even she only understands when Hans tells her she made a mistake. pic.twitter.com/AG06RjgS5w
— Jamie 🎃🎃 (@pjamie123) October 18, 2018
So, if Snow White is so problematic, does that mean The Matrix is also problematic?
— Pavox (@Pavox) October 18, 2018
The most sane take on the news story was by Faith Moore, who writes for PJ Media and is an admitted Disney Princess addict with a thorough understanding of fairy tale structure and symbolism.
Would it be the "wrong message" for a husband to kiss his sleeping wife? It's already established that Snow White and her prince love each other. If you disagree, consider that the spell can only be broken by true love's kiss. And the prince's kiss wakes her up. https://t.co/YMt7qI1KPp
— Faith Moore (@FaithKMoore) October 18, 2018
See? That’s totally sane.
Not to be outdone on the insanity meter, Keira Knightly, while promoting the new Disney movie based on The Nutcracker, announced that her daughter is forbidden to watch the Disney Princess classics, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid because they’re not ‘feminist’ enough.
Here’s the problem: people no longer understand fairy tales. They are their own genre of storytelling and they have rules to which they must adhere. Faith Moore’s blog, Princess State of Mind, she writes incredibly insightful articles illuminating the structure of fairy tales and debating the merits and shortcomings of the Disney Princess stories. (I know that may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but at heart, I’m a literature geek, and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Moore’s well-thought-out pieces.)
The original fairy tales were passed down orally — often by a mother to her children — and contain the “accumulated wisdom of the past.” They are stories designed to teach children universal truths about the world in short, easy to digest stories. They use symbolism as a kind of shorthand that remains largely the same from story to story, which allows the teller to pack a lot of detail into a very short tale. (You can read my post on fairy tale symbolism here.) Because of this, understanding the symbolism of fairy tales is imperative if you want to rewrite one — or try to write your own. But it’s exactly this symbolism that modern filmmakers and writers don’t seem to understand.
Moore further discusses the symbolism used here:
Princess fairy tales are all about growing up. They take the princess from a girl to a woman — usually represented by her newfound ability to bear children — symbolically depicted by the entrance of the prince. This means that they must leave the mother figure behind, often through some kind of struggle. Because of this, the mother figure is often represented as an evil crone (think Snow White’s Evil Queen) or a terrible stepmother (think Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother). The crone wants the girl to remain a child indefinitely so that she will never usurp her in beauty and sexual availability. The maiden must separate from the crone and embark on her own inner journey towards adulthood in order to become a fully realized woman. These stories aren’t expressing that mothers aren’t important, they are expressing the — often painful — truth that children must separate from their parents in order to live full and healthy lives.
Fairy tales don’t need to be “corrected,” they need to be understood. This would allow us to, first of all, recognize all the places that fairy tales already are feminist, like the ways in which they depict women at the center of a story, emphasize internal courage, and often end with the princess emerging victorious from an inner battle. And, if there are places where a more modern take is warranted, it would allow authors and filmmakers to create coherent stories that cleverly and cogently add to the genre.
It isn’t that we can’t retell fairy tales with a modern twist. It isn’t that we can’t rethink some of the tropes inherent to fairy tales. It’s only that, if you’re going to write in a genre, you have to understand the genre. It’s our only way back to happily ever after.
Source: Princess State Of Mind
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