Well that didn’t take long. After an almost instantly negative online reaction to Disney’s revamped and clearly more “sexy” version of “Brave” princess Merida, the Mouse House has bowed to the public backlash and pulled the revamped young lady from its Disney Princesses website and replaced it with the original version from the Pixar movie.
Feminist-leaning Gawker Media website Jezebel noticed the quiet removal of “sexy Merida,” the makeover for which was originally intended to be part of a celebration for the princess’ “coronation ceremony” last week.
The backlash to Merida’s makeover, which included a slimmer figure, a slightly more full bust, less-wild curly hair and a clearly made-up face, was swift. It sparked a petition on Change.org which asked Disney CEO Bob Iger to keep Merida more empowering and legitimately “Brave.”
“Merida is an empowering role model who speaks to girls’ capacity to be change agents in the world rather than just trophies to be admired,” the petition read, which now has nearly 200,000 signatures.
Even the film’s director entered the anti-makeover fray and told the Marin Independent Journal that the character’s redesign was “a blatantly sexist marketing move based on money.”
Pround to have been a part of this. Yay internet!
Occupy Barbie Dreamhouse
“Our protest is not directed towards little girls and their dreams /…/ But, for us, this so-called Dreamhouse symbolizes the beauty craze and the discrimination of women in modern-day life. It presents a cliché of the female role in society.”
Germans are so much cooler than us.
From Ai Weiwei’s Study of Perspective, 1995-2003.
Saw Ai Weiwei: According to What? at the IMA today while I was there for an INTERNSHIP INTERVIEW (!)
It was very funny, thought provoking and melancholic at times. Over all it was a very powerful show. I have always enjoyed Chinese political art and art that shows change and explores the role of the artist as activists and sometimes the catalysts for those changes. It was a very good show and I really recommend everyone to go see it.
I will not rest until I own one of these. Damn the expense.
Alice Roosevelt - 1902
Theodore Roosevelt’s beautiful eldest daughter, who not only cut her wedding cake with a sword, defied all the conventions of her day regarding women and carried a dagger in her pocketbook, but who also had a pillow embroidered with her most famous quote on her couch; “If you haven’t got anything good to say about anybody, come sit next to me.”
We would have been great friends.