by Maxine Davis
Recognize her? It’s Merida. At least the one on the left is. I didn’t see the movie Brave, but from the clips on television, I liked the (cartoon) star, a brave, confident young girl that really was a young girl. A normal girl. Well, a normal Brave girl who fights and wins. She was someone any little girl could like and imitate. That was then.
Know what Disney did? They changed her into a princess – a big boobs, tiny waist, more makeup, more (and fancier) hair, and a dress that shows what she really looks like. They made Merida a Disney Princess May 11. I’ve always questioned why they all have to be called “princesses,” but that’s another conversation.
Many criticized Merida’s sexy new look, including Brenda Chapman, the writer and former director of Brave. “I think it’s atrocious what they have done to Merida,” she wrote in an email to the Independent Journal. “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 ‘come hither’ look and the skinny aspect of the new version. It’s horrible! 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.”
How do you feel about Disney changing Merida? And it seems all the Disney princesses “grew up.” See Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, and Snow White. Your opinion, please.