Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Snow White sends the wrong message about consent , says Kristen Bell

Snow White sends the wrong message about consent , says Kristen Bell

While Bell was only discussing her view on the matter and what she's teaching her children, it sparked a lot of conversation on social media as parents and Disney fans far and wide chimed in to defend the story of "Snow White".

Kristen Bell shared with Parents that she loves reading to her daughters Delta, 3, and Lincoln, 5, but she's had to question some of the messages of Disney's classic tales.

The Good Place star, who is married to fellow actor Dax Shepard, says she regularly uses the bedtime tale to challenge its take on stealing, strangers and consent.

Food from a stranger is hardly the only part of Snow White that Bell takes issue with; there's also the uninvited kiss The Prince gives Snow while she's sleeping.

"Don't you think that it's weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?" "Or where she got that apple?' I say, 'I would never take food from a stranger, would you?' And my kids are like, 'No!' And I'm like, 'Okay, I'm doing something right, '" she said. "Because you can not kiss someone if they're sleeping!" she told the magazine.

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The 33-year-old actress said that the 1950's Cinderella character "waits around for a rich guy to rescue her".

However, Bell, 38, wants her daughters to question the morality behind such a plotline in a post-#MeToo-awareness world where consent is considered the most important factor between two people engaging in any sexual or romantic activity. Wasn't it The Prince was the saviour of Snow White kissing her without malicious intent? "Don't! Rescue yourself. Obviously!"

She continued: 'And this is the one that I'm quite annoyed about because I really like the film, but Little Mermaid [is banned, too]. "That Snow White?" Woods tweeted with a link to an article about Bell's interview. That Snow White? Or the looney feminist Snow White Privilege confused about her gender, who majored in Lesbian Interpretive Dance?

Kazue Muta, a sociology professor at Osaka University in Japan, wrote on Twitter late past year that children's stories such as "Snow White" promote sexual violence. "Know the difference between abuse and affection", she added. The story evolves around Attempted Murder by Poisoning, Witchcraft, Dwarfs with personality disorders & a talking mirror.

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