Do you hear the people sing? Singing a song of angry men (and women)?
Thanks to a huge public outcry, Disney has backtracked on its new “glamorized” version of Merida, the heroine of the Pixar movie “Brave”. The old Merida will rule over the “beautified” one.
We have an idea how it went down.
When Disney inducted Merida into the official ranks of “Princessdom” last weekend, they released a new version of her that did not sit well with the millions of fans of the movie “Brave.”
They rightly felt that glamorizing Merida went against the character’s core beliefs, one in which she rejected the glittery dress her Mom wanted her to wear because it restricted her archery skills.
In a rare move admitting they were wrong, the Disney conglomerate fell upon their sword and reverted back to the original version of Merida.
The official Princess website has replaced the newer artwork with images of Merida as seen in the Pixar film.
The new design made her thinner, bustier, older, and hotter, and put her in a slinkier, lower-cut version of the dress she loathed from the film. The new look may have been designed to bring Merida in line with the other princesses on Disney’s princess site, all of whom are canonically older and, well, hot. But it was also a move that undid everything the character fought against in her own movie.
After Chapman herself wrote an angry open letter on May 11 addressing the sexualization of the character and the message it sent to teenage girls everywhere, the floodgates opened on an Internet backlash. A Change.org petition started by the media watch website A Mighty Girl received over 200,000 signatures in a couple of days.
Earlier today, just as quietly as it had unveiled Merida’s new look, Disney substituted an image of Merida from the film on its princess website, and removed all of the images of the new doll from the website.
That’s what THEY say happened.
I say it really went down like this: