Friday, May 10, 2013

Merida of "Brave" Gets a Makeover

I wrote this first at bubblews.

On May 11, Disney is going to officially induct a new princess into the cannon.

Merida, from the movie "Brave" will be Disney's 11th "princess." But only if Merida "changed."

If you have not seen the movie Brave then you should know that Merida isn't about being the perfect little princess. She's a bit of a rebellious teen. She is 100% tomboy, and just wants to lead her life by her own rules. She's not primping and pining for Prince Perfect. She a "normal" body and unruly very very very frizzy red hair.

Well, before Disney makes her their newest princess, they gave her a "makeover."

They gave her the classic pinched waist, that looks painful. They gave her larger eyes, and and older appearance. They smoothed out her unruly frizz and gave her wavy red locks suitable for a shampoo commercial.

Also, where did her bow go?  And what is up with the sparkley princess dress.  It looks kind of like the one she RIPS OUT OF in order to win herself in the movie.

Basically they took brave, tomboy, free spirited Merida, and turned her into just one more cookie cutter "princess."

Some parents are up in arms about the whole thing. And the website "A Mighty Girl" has launched a petition to get Disney to leave Merida as she is. They say,

"The redesign of Merida in advance of her official induction to the Disney Princess collection does a tremendous disservice to the millions of children for whom 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. Moreover, by making her skinnier, sexier and more mature in appearance, you are sending a message to girls that the original, realistic, teenage-appearing version of Merida is inferior; that for girls and women to have value -- to be recognized as true princesses -- they must conform to a narrow definition of beauty."

What do you think? Should they keep Merida's new "pretty as a princess" makeover, or let the character stay true to the spirit in which she was created?

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