Disney recently released a revamped Merida which has made many angry.
The changes have sparked controversy over Disney’s recent “princess” change. (News Director RANT Starts) In my opinion, this is another example of a preconceived expectation that is unrealistic and for many, unattainable. Why is it so hard to have a strong and confident female hero without resorting to unrealistic and contrived sexuality? (News Director RANT Finishd)
The outcry has even gone as high up as the director of the film, Brenda Chapman as she bashed Disney over the change;
“A blatantly sexist marketing move based on money.” … “I think it’s atrocious what they have done to Merida … When little girls say they like it because it’s more sparkly, that’s all fine and good but, subconsciously, they are soaking in the sexy ‘come-hither’ look and the skinny aspect of the new version. It’s horrible!”
A petition has started over at Change.org, “Say No to the Merida Makeover, Keep Our Hero Brave”, in the hopes to convince Disney to change her back.
What are people’s thoughts on this? Do you think Disney should change Merida back to the original or are you alright with the changes? Leave a comment below!
The Author: Steve “Rifflo” Fitch – Legendarium News Director
Steve, also known as “Rifflo”, is a University MBA Administrator in Ontario Canada where he lives with his wife, Lisa and two young daughters, Alexa and Ava. When not amerced in Tolkien works, you can find him training in Muay Thai, Italian rapier, German longsword, and Mixed Martial Arts.Follow Steve on Twitter @HobbitSteve