"You cannot kiss someone if they’re sleeping!": Kristen Bell unhappy with the message 'Snow White' sends to her children
Kristen Bell is not okay with the message that Snow White is sending to her children. In this atmosphere of #MeToo movement gaining ground, it was just a matter of time that Disney princesses would be dragged in as well. In this case, Frozen's Anna has quite a few disagreements with Disney's story about Snow White.
The 38-year-old is a mother to two daughters three and a half-year-old Delta and five and half-year-old Lincoln. As reported by Parents magazine, she spoke about her concern regarding some of the plot points of Snow White and shared how she reads to her daughters every night. "It’s truly my favorite part of the day," she shared before adding that she makes time to discuss the book afterward.
Bell, 38, said that she read bedtime stories to her daughters, Lincoln, five, and Delta, three, every night but had a conversation with them about the plot of Snow White. "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 actress said, sharing that the discussion is meant to encourage her children to think about consent and what is appropriate behavior.
"I say, ‘I would never take food from a stranger, would you?’ And my kids are like, ‘No!’ And I’m like, ‘Okay, I’m doing something right," Kristen shared. She also asked her children about the Snow White kissing scene and said, "Don’t you think that it’s weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission? Because you cannot kiss someone if they’re sleeping!"
Seems like Kristen is not the only one who has taken offense to Disney's portrayal of princesses. Keira Knightley too has reportedly stopped her three-year-old daughter, Edie, from watching some Disney films, including 'Cinderella' and 'The Little Mermaid', to encourage her independence.
Kristen then added that she feels that it is very important to read to her children because "I look at my child’s brain like a hungry stomach — I have to feed it every day". "Even if I’m rushed, I have to feed their brain just like I feed their belly," she explained.
The actress' criticism of Snow White did attract a round of negativity on social media, where people were quick to pounce on her. Here are a couple of reactions from Twitter:
How dumb can you be #KristenBell? The kiss saves her life! Otherwise, she would be in a coma forever! I suppose you object to mouth to mouth resuscitation? DUH— BjPtrading (@bjPtrade) October 19, 2018
Get over it #extreme #feminism it’s a children’s movie, fantasy. There’s enough trouble in the world without worrying about a cartoon! #KeiraKnightly #KristenBell #disney pic.twitter.com/sphpD8UXnq— My Romance Addiction (@MyRomanceAddict) October 18, 2018
Kristen Bell says Snow White sends the wrong message about "consent." Seriously? It's a fairy tale. This is getting out of hand. I grew up watching Tom & Jerry but I didn't run around trying to kill. There are bigger issues.#SnowWhite #KristenBell https://t.co/dNGQnnFqPX pic.twitter.com/iEFSUDvBVw— Fiona Dodwell *Author* 🐦 (@Angel_Devil982) October 18, 2018