As soon as I saw the new retheme of Disneyland’s “Snow White’s Scary Adventures” to “Snow White’s Enchanted Wish” I knew there would be screaming and here it comes.
People are mad at the retheme because it shows the scene where Prince Florian wakes Snow White up with a kiss, and she didn’t give consent. Yes. That’s what they’re mad about now.
Disney has yet another outrage mob on their case because they put this new scene into the attraction as the previous version never had.
Now the internet is slamming Disney on their promise to be inclusive, because you can never “win” when it comes to outrage campaigns. But they will likely treat it the same way they’ve treated the fans who are against the changes to attractions or film franchises. They will just ignore them until it costs them money.
Here comes the backlash:
SFG’s Katie Dowd and Julie Tremaine (not to be confused with Lady Tremaine) posted the following in their article on the subject:
“The new grand finale of Snow White’s Enchanted Wish is the moment when the Prince finds Snow White asleep under the Evil Queen’s spell and gives her “true love’s kiss” to release her from the enchantment. A kiss he gives to her without her consent, while she’s asleep, which cannot possibly be true love if only one person knows it’s happening.
Haven’t we already agreed that consent in early Disney movies is a major issue? That teaching kids that kissing, when it hasn’t been established if both parties are willing to engage, is not OK? It’s hard to understand why the Disneyland of 2021 would choose to add a scene with such old fashioned ideas of what a man is allowed to do to a woman, especially given the company’s current emphasis on removing problematic scenes from rides like Jungle Cruise and Splash Mountain. Why not re-imagine an ending in keeping with the spirit of the movie and Snow White’s place in the Disney canon, but that avoids this problem? “
This has led to a lot of comments on Twitter:
I read the article hoping it would say anything but some dribble about nonconsensual true love’s kiss…
SPOILER ALERT: It most definitely is about that because too many people are ridiculous idiots. 🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️ #SnowWhite
Did y’all think they would rewrite the freaking story??? pic.twitter.com/K5x90ilsms
— Alison (@happilyeveralis) May 3, 2021
You have to be kidding me!? Who has nothing better to do than complain about an ages old fairy tale? Go to work or get a hobby, or help change things for the better in the world. Quit complaining about stupid stuff! #SnowWhite
— #StopTheHate, #PowerofWomen (@lataet) May 3, 2021
— -v|v- 🍁 🇺🇸 (@GregCurtin) May 3, 2021
If you are #OFFENDED by a #FAIRYTALE seek professional mental help.
Can you believe this? #SnowWhite
From 1812 Grimms fairy tales. Times were different then, YOU need to #teach_history TO your kids and how it has changed, & #NOT_CHANGE_HISTORY.https://t.co/IV3MQXO2F0
— Kentucky Watchtower (@KentuckyWatcht1) May 3, 2021
Could her name evoke more #privilege?
— Edison Kooper (@EdisonKooper) May 3, 2021
— MassCentralMedia (@NewsMassCentral) May 3, 2021
— gobaka (@gobaka) May 3, 2021
USA … it was the kiss of life. And before that he performed the heimlich. But you never read that last part. #snowwhite
— Ronny van Alphen (@RonnyvanAlphen) May 3, 2021
— 🌼SportsFanGirl🌼 (@SportsFanGirl22) May 3, 2021
Cancel culture is coming for Snow White and Disney.
I think most people know the difference between a fairy tale and real life. If someone is going to do something creepy, they are going to do it. A ride having this type of storybook “kiss” at the end isn’t going to make them do something anymore than it not being there will stop them from doing something inappropriate.
Use it for a teachable moment. We can’t change every fairy tale ever just to make some people happy.
You can’t please everyone. Not even Disney.
Even though Disney has gone out of it’s way to make changes to appease the cancellation mobs, changing attractions, films, even firing people from shows, I doubt they’ll change the ride they just refurbished and reopened because some people are mad about it. That being said, they will still retheme rides like ‘Splash Mountain’ and the ‘Jungle Cruise’ in the name of diversity and inclusion. But the reality is that they were rumored to change ‘Splash Mountain’ to ‘Princess and the Frog’ for years, because princesses make more money. They have a new “cinematic universe” they’re working on for Disney+ that focuses on the S.E.A or Society of Explorers and Adventurers and the new story they are using for ‘The Jungle Cruise’ goes along with that.
It was never truly about what they say it’s about. That was just for support and high fives.
But I digress.
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