Anger over the changed image of an animated movie character

May 22, 2013

“Disney Princess Makeover Sparks Outrage: Merida Petition Goes Viral”
This article by Beth Greenfield from Yahoo is only one of many decrying the changed appearance of the beloved Merida from the film Brave, after Disney remade her into a sexier version for marketing movie-related products. Once again, the message to girls is that being pretty is what matters. Even the co-director of the film (no longer with the company) is infuriated and called what they have done to Merida “atrocious.” Brenda Chapman was quoted on Cinema Blend as saying, “They have betrayed the essence of what we were trying to do with Merida—give young girls and women a better stronger role model. She’s strong inside and out—she’s not just a simpering pretty face waiting around for romance. She was created to turn that whole Idea on its head. Oh yeah. . .that’s why I created her.” More Related Reading: See what Marinda Valenti has to say about in on the Ms. blog and as well as Mary Elizabeth Williams’s commentary on AlterNet.

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.


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