Saturday, May 11, 2013

A Malaysian Tsunami

Another video clip from Free Malaysia Today about the post-GE13 protest rally on Wednesday:

It is disappointing to learn that Disney is wanting to re-model one movie character just so that she conforms into a narrow definition of beauty. If you can recall the 2012 computer-animated movie, Brave – you will remember Merinda who was a strong, confident, self-rescuing princess with her bow at the ready. She also looked like a real girl, complete with the ‘imperfections’ that all people have.

Here’s the trailer from that movie:

Now, Disney is looking at redesigning Merida in advance of her official induction to the Disney Princess collection and when this happens, the company will have performed 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, Disney is 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 fit into a Barbie-like mold that can only exist in a make-believe world.

A Mighty Girl (which claims to be the world’s largest collection of books, toys, movies, and music for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls and, of course, for girls themselves at has initiated an online petition to appeal to Disney to re-consider.

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