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Hump Day Have Your Say: What Has Disney Done to Merida?

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Disney recently had a ceremony to announce the newest member of the Disney Princess crew.  Merida from last years hit film Brave, joined the likes of Cinderella and Snow White in the pantheon of princesses.  Congratulations Merida you have finally hit the big time.  Hmmm, wait a minute I don’t seem to see Merida in this photo accompanying the press release from Disney.

 

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O there she is, she just went on the grapefruit diet, got a boob job, tummy tuck, a new chin, nose, eyeballs and had her mane tamed.  Thank goodness, who would want to look at some sort of tomboy princess.  The last thing young girls need is a role model that is strong, self-confident, and self rescuing, running around the woods shooting a bow.  I mean those are things that boys should aspire to, not girls.  How is any woman who does not conform to Disney Princess standards expected to find  her prince charming?

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For some reason, a bunch of angry women folk seem to have not gotten the message about the proper role model for women.  You would think they would be too busy cleaning and making sandwiches to care about such things.  They have gone so far as to form a petition to make Disney change Merida back to her former self.  You know the way the artists portrayed her in the film that made 237 million dollars.  I was actually shocked to discover that these delicate flowers even knew how to use the internet, but here is the petition if you want to check it out  click me.

 

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I am so glad that the executives at Disney put to rest the silly notions that some people had gotten from the film Brave.  Many critics and viewers obviously misunderstood the message of the film.  How anyone could watch Brave and think that the message of the film was that you should be comfortable in your own skin and not feel obliged to conform to societal norms no matter how ridiculous, is beyond me.  I mean just look at all the trouble the Merida caused her family by refusing to become  a sex slave in an arranged marriage.  The last thing we need is a bunch of self-empowered women running around thinking that they can make their own decisions about their lives and bodies.

 

 

 

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Now get in the kitchen and make me a sandwich!

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  • Fogs' Movie Reviews May 15, 2013, 10:35 am

    LOL. Im scared to even comment on this post. 8O

    • Adam May 15, 2013, 11:09 am

      Chicken Sandwich for you Fogs ;-)

      • Fogs' Movie Reviews May 15, 2013, 11:45 am

        I’ve been partial to mutton, lately, actually.

        • Adam May 15, 2013, 12:12 pm

          No love for the liverwurst? mmmmm good ;-)

  • Fernando Quintero May 15, 2013, 10:44 am

    I generally love Disney but they can be such assholes sometimes. Great post!

    • Adam May 15, 2013, 11:10 am

      Fernando, I am a big Disney fan as well but this decision really shows the disconnect between the message of the film and the marketing department.

  • kevin clare May 15, 2013, 10:45 am

    As a father of a little princess who loves Disney princess I can only be unsurprised by this news. It seems Merida has had a makeover.

    • Adam May 15, 2013, 11:11 am

      Kevin maybe Merida can now go on America’s next top model ;-(

  • Bubbawheat May 15, 2013, 10:49 am

    I’ve been vaguely following this story and they have at this point at least reverted the images on the Disney Princess website back to the Pixar version instead of the updated version. It may not seem serious, and feel very subtle, but these kind of things are really at the heart of a lot of problems with women’s self image. It’s taking a much more realistic version of a young girl, and replacing it with a much older, skinnier, sexier version of a young woman and presenting it as “better”. Girls will like it because it’s sparklier, but they will notice the other differences on a more subconscious level and think things like larger breasts, a smaller waist, eye makeup, a lower cut dress, as being “better”.

    The only argument I don’t get is the hair, it’s just easier to draw neat curly hair than it is to draw unruly frizzy hair, I’m also not quite sure how well that would translate.

    • Adam May 15, 2013, 11:13 am

      Bubba well that is good news, perhaps that petition and the related outrage is making a difference.

      That hair is going to be hard to replicate, Lots of leave in conditioner is the only way I can calm down my boys curly mane. :-)

    • Lindsay May 16, 2013, 7:51 am

      Exactly. The subtlety is the problem. The whole ‘be a princess notion’ is bad enough in my opinion (breeding spoiled behavior and outdated issues of a women’s societal status) but when a Disney movie comes along that includes a character that tries to take that stereotype down a bit they shouldn’t change it the moment they brand it.

      The other thing that rubs me the wrong way is that in the process of sexing up the image, the character appears much older. That’s another issue young girls always face – constantly pushed into growing up before they are emotionally ready.

      Shitty shit overall. Hopefully Disney is smart enough to realized it was a dumb move and rectify it.

      • Adam May 16, 2013, 10:55 am

        “shitty shit overall” I loved that lol

        Could not agree more society seems to be pushing kids to become adults way to fast. Let them be kids and have fun, soon enough life is going to grind them down why rush the process?

  • Sista Girl May 15, 2013, 10:55 am

    AMEN!! Preach on my friend. Disney has been spewing fake girl power bullshit for, um, EVER? This version of Merida probably plays with pink lego’s shaped like vacuums.

    • Adam May 15, 2013, 11:16 am

      Sista Girl, the sad fact is Lego has a whole line of “friends” toys filled with pink lego.

      Really disappointing that they decided to take all the fierceness out of Merida, would much rather see her with her bow than a magic wand.

  • Morgan R. Lewis May 15, 2013, 12:15 pm

    You want to really put a bad spin on things, consider this: Before Merida, the closest thing Disney had to a tomboy princess character was Princess Eilonwy from The Black Cauldron — and despite being an actual princess, she’s not even included in the Disney Princesses line at all.

    (Of course, the real reason there is because Disney is gunshy about everything to do with The Black Cauldron, but it’s still a fun way to add fuel to the fire.)

    • Adam May 15, 2013, 1:05 pm

      Morgan I had never even heard of the Black Cauldron till you mentioned it. It is available on Amazon for streaming so I will have to check it out with my boy. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Steven Flores May 15, 2013, 12:37 pm

    I don’t like it at all. It’s insulting. Though I did see a picture of Pixar’s Merida shoot at an arrow at Disney’s Merida that summed up my feelings about this.

    • Adam May 15, 2013, 1:03 pm

      lol that is awesome Steve I wish I had included that pic.

  • Steven Flores May 15, 2013, 1:35 pm

    Here’s that picture that I saw at the NIN-based Echoing the Sound forum: http://www.echoingthesound.org/community/threads/64-Random-Movie-TV-News-version-2-awesome?p=86249#post86249

    • Adam May 15, 2013, 1:51 pm

      Thanks Steve

  • mikethemovieguy May 15, 2013, 8:26 pm

    Not cool Disney and I’m a dude. One of my favorite movies. Totally agree…whoever decided this…mught have not watched the movie. Idiots.

    • Adam May 16, 2013, 10:58 am

      Agreed Mike, whoever was in that marketing meeting must not have even bothered to watch the film.

  • Pete Turner (@ilovethatfilm) May 15, 2013, 11:56 pm

    Well I for one am glad that Disney are setting the record straight finally. I hate to think of young women running around thinking it’s ok to have a waist the size of old Merida.

    • Adam May 16, 2013, 10:57 am

      I know pete what is she a size 6? completely unacceptable. ;-)

  • BrikHaus May 16, 2013, 8:09 am

    Truthbomb! Awesome post.

    • Adam May 16, 2013, 10:59 am

      Thanks BrikHaus!

  • Rae May 16, 2013, 8:41 am

    Lmao. That is all I think I really need to say.

    • Adam May 16, 2013, 10:59 am

      Thanks Rae ;-)

  • S May 16, 2013, 9:07 am

    great post; be authentic – that’s it ; Disney better change it back to the original pdq

    • Adam May 16, 2013, 11:01 am

      Will be interesting to see how Disney markets this whole thing and tries to spin things to their advantage.

  • Tim The Film Guy May 16, 2013, 11:45 am

    Haha they were talking about this on a tv show. How stupid can you be xD

    • Adam May 16, 2013, 12:24 pm

      what show? I don’t have cable anymore I told them to suck it and went all streaming.

      • Tim The Film Guy May 16, 2013, 1:39 pm

        British show, you’d never see it and never will mwahahaha!

        • Adam May 16, 2013, 1:48 pm

          come on now Tim Netflix has all Dr. Who episodes that I have been power watching with my boy. ;-)

          • Tim The Film Guy May 16, 2013, 2:00 pm

            Nah its a magazine show that was on in the morning, nothing special :D

  • Adam May 16, 2013, 2:07 pm

    So not as good as Benny Hill then?

  • ruth May 16, 2013, 2:31 pm

    Appalling! Such a dreadful message to be sending to young girls.

    • Adam May 16, 2013, 3:52 pm

      Appalling is a great word for it Ruth.

  • Marc Winger May 16, 2013, 4:47 pm

    So, you’re saying that it’s not okay to be pretty? Sounds like discimination against princesses to me. I say, keep the cows in the pasture. Sooner or later that tomboy’s going to have to wear lipstick, if she’s ever going to catch a man.

    • Adam May 20, 2013, 9:00 am

      I know Marc, how dare a 14 year-old girl be larger than a sz 6 ;-)

  • Novroz May 17, 2013, 10:03 am

    Oh wow…What a brilliant post!!! I love the sarcasm you have shared here…it hits perfectly ;)

    I have never been a disney princess fan even since I was a kid and if I ever have a daughter, I will not introduce the princess to her…silly damsel in distress characters.

    I haven’t seen Brave yet but the new her looks too fake. Your post makes me want to see Brave soon.

    • Adam May 19, 2013, 12:20 pm

      Brave is actually pretty Good let us know what you think of it when you get a chance to give it a watch.

  • Vincenzo Gennaro August 28, 2013, 2:45 pm

    here is the message

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