Remember when we all felt some vague relief while we briefly thought that Disney had pulled the new, sexy Merida due to protests. Brave creator, Brenda Chapman, called Merida’s makeover “atrocious” and the petition to get rid of the new Merida received over 229,000 signatures. That is a huge amount of signatures. People are pissed.
However, that wasn’t really the case. A Disney spokesperson said that the new Merida would be on a limited line of products, and the original Merida would be on other Brave products. Even though both Meridas will exist, Disney is continuing to defend the makeover. Can you imagine what a parent will have to go through in a store looking for the “movie” Merida vs. the “princess” Merida? And then the conversation that will ensue?
And considering from the picture above from Target’s “Ultimate Disney Princess collection”, which makes Merida look even more like a weird, skinny, and alien-esque, we believe this is a completely unhealthy representation for girls to look up to.
Disney is still being irresponsible about this whole calamity. But they are focused on money, and princesses who look like weird, skinny aliens sell. And what Disney has displayed through this whole incident is the exact way to take a potential game changing role model for girls in the entertainment business and take away everything that made her special.
Here’s the thing we realized: Disney doesn’t give a fuck. And that’s hugely depressing.
Guess Which Disney Princess This Is (Jezebel)