Don’t mess with Merida. That’s the message Disney got loud and clear after announcing that the character from Pixar’s film “Brave” would become the their11th official princess.
According to PluggedIn.com, the honor came with a makeover which included a smaller waist and a bit more cleavage. Also Merida’s wild, untamed hair got a new do and her bow and arrow disappeared completely.
Within days, over 200,000 protesters had registered their complaints about Merida’s makeover at the website “change.org.”
Even the film’s co-writer and co-director was upset. Brenda Chapman, whose daughter reportedly served as one of the inspirations for Merida, complained “I think it’s atrocious what they have done to Merida.”
“When little girls say they like it because it’s more sparkly, that’s all fine and good but, subconsciously, they are soaking in the sexy ‘comehither’ look and the skinny aspect of the new version. It’s horrible!”
Brenda went on to say “Merida was created to break that mold—to give young girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance.”
So how did Disney respond? Well, the new images of Merida magically disappeared online almost as quickly as they had arrived. And Disney now says that Merida’s new look was planned as a “temporary one.”
They issues an online statement that said “We routinely use different art styles with our characters, and this rendition of Merida in her party dress was a special one-time effort to commemorate her coronation.” Uh…sure. I buy that. ;-]
I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.
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