Journalist Blasts ‘Snow White’ and “Insufferable” Disney Princesses

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Credit: Disney; Sydney Watson, YouTube

Yet another journalist has spoken out, slamming the new age of “insufferable” Disney Princesses and arguing against Disney’s current trend.

The new Snow White movie, set to release on March 22, 2024, has been causing waves recently when old videos of lead actress Rachel Zegler, who plays the titular character in the upcoming Snow White remake, resurfaced online wherein Zegler was trashing the 1937 original animated film and implying a lack of gratitude for the role.

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Snow White with woodland creatures / Credit: Disney

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However, while many fans across the board have been unhappy with Zegler’s comments, some have also called out the Walt Disney Company, highlighting how the company’s “woke agenda” has played a part in the recent backlash it’s been seeing from fans as well as at the box office.

Recently, another journalist, Sydney Watson, also shared her opinions about the current age of Disney and analyzed a growing trend of celebrities and actresses who fundamentally misunderstand the classic Disney princesses. Watson argues that many of the contemporary feminist retellings of the Disney stories end up denying these princesses “range, depth, and personality by swapping out one limiting trope they don’t like for another limiting trope that they do.”

Watson elaborates that all the remakes are doing is replacing a perceived “damsel-in-distress” trope with an equally as limiting and one-dimensional “girl-boss trope.”

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Watson also adds that many critics ignore the nuances of the films, specifically calling out the historical context in which both Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella were released: the former after the Great Depression and the latter after World War II.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs then served as an escape from the difficulties of daily life, and Cinderella was reflective of America’s golden age of consumerism.

Ultimately, Watson makes the point that fundamentally, Disney has been updating their princesses to reflect contemporary standards from the beginning, but they did it without drawing attention to those changes, and without sacrificing quality storytelling to make this happen.

She also adds that in the “girl-bossification” of the modern Disney princess, ultimately, the movies end up denigrating and completely sidestepping the importance of the male love-interest, making for a frustrating viewing experience for audiences.

More on the upcoming Snow White 

Disney’s Snow White, set to release in 2024, is an upcoming live-action film based on the 1937 animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It’s directed by Marc Webb and features a screenplay by Greta Gerwig and Erin Cressida Wilson. Walt Disney Pictures and Marc Platt Productions co-produce the film. Snow White stars Rachel Zegler in the lead role, with Gal Gadot playing the evil queen.

About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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