A famous animated kiss — make that the most famous animated kiss — would be considered inappropriate in the post-#MeToo world, say some observers — including a former Disney princess.
Kristen Bell, who played Disney’s Anna in “Frozen,” talked about the kiss in “Snow White” as part of a discussion of parenting in an interview with Parents magazine. You may recall — the sleeping Snow White, having eaten a poisoned apple, is awakened by a non-consensual kiss from a prince.
Bell, who has been starring lately in the hit NBC comedy “The Good Place,” said she reads every night to her young daughters, Lincoln, 5, and Delta, 3. But she expressed concerns about mixed signals in some of the Disney storylines.
“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?’ 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,'” Bell told the publication.
She said she has also asked her daughters: “Don’t you think that it’s weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission? Because you can not kiss someone if they’re sleeping!”
The New York Post observes that Bell is “not the only actress who’s questioning Disney movies. Keira Knightley recently told Ellen DeGeneres that her 3-year-old daughter, Edie, is ‘banned’ from watching ‘Cinderella’ and ‘The Little Mermaid.’”
The Post reports that Knightley, 33, “said the 1950s Cinderella character ‘waits around for a rich guy to rescue her. Don’t! Rescue yourself. Obviously!’”